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POETIC is an in-community aftercare program for the empowerment of youth in Dallas. We equip youth (ages 12-18+) who have experienced child maltreatment, commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking to find their voices, reclaim their narratives and persist forward. POETIC’s programming combats the issues that perpetuate re-victimization, exploitation and trafficking of girls in Dallas by delivering a proprietary four-systems approach: POETIC School for Girls, POETIC Creative Arts Studio, POETIC Trauma Therapy and POETIC Design Co. 

POETIC is seeking a licensed therapist (E.g. LPC, LCSW, Ph.D. Psy.D) who has experience working with adolescents exposed to trauma, is extensively trained and/or certified in evidence-based treatment for trauma as well as other evidence-based modalities (E.g. DBT, MI).

Job Description:

  • Perform clinical intakes with youth and guardian.
  • Daily assess risks such as: substance use, runaway, exploitation, trafficking, child maltreatment, and intimate partner violence.  Relay these risks to supervisor and treatment team. Report these risks to guardian when advised.  
  • Carry a caseload of youth and parents offering evidence-based individual, group, parent and family therapy. 
  • Conduct therapeutic evidence-based groups on a weekly basis
  • Be trained and provide DBT coaching calls to youth on your caseload
  • Meet with youth at detention, in placement, at CPS offices, court, and/or in the community to provide support, conduct assessments and/or therapy. 
  • Participate in individual supervision, case consultations, team meetings and partner meetings as defined
  • Aid in collecting and organizing program and treatment outcome data
  • Be available to POETIC youth and parents 24/7 via text, email, or phone
  • Be interested in learning and contributing to literature on CSEC/DMST
  • Other duties as assigned

Character Requirements: ethical, competent, takes initiative,  exhibits follow through, team-oriented, professional, passionate about POETIC’s mission.

The perfect candidate will embody POETIC’s 11 core values:

Trauma-focused:  We all have a history of boundaries being crossed without our permission or understanding.  We are not our past but are deliberate and mindful of our present and future.

Youth First: We strive to always act for the greater good of POETIC girls, not our self-interest.

Evidence-Based:  We are rooted and guided in what is effective and agile enough to respond.

Social Justice and Culturally Responsive: We believe in equality, we are not color-blind, and we challenge the assumption of sameness.

Non-Judgmental:  Daily, we practice a non-judgmental stance to ourselves and others.  We strive to view ourselves and others through a lens of compassion knowing we are all doing the best we can and striving for a little better each day.

Honesty and Integrity:  We extend truth, even despite the consequences, as we value transparency with humility.

Self-Awareness: Be clear and honest, yet sensitive and supportive. We can all pursue improvement if we are constructively apprised of our strengths and shortcomings.

Balance:  Valuable output is the greatest measure, not hours put in.  Anyone can keep busy, but that does not equate to productivity.

Assume Good Intent:  Extend grace and understanding to fellow POETIC team members rather than allowing assumptions to drive reaction and behavior.

Teamwork:  We are stronger together – ask for help and support, offer help and support, POETIC success is determined by how well the other does in their role.

Amenable to Supervision:  Being fully aware that learning opportunities leads to growth and therefore being willing to grow

 Job Type:Full-time

Minimum Education: Masters or Doctorate Degree

Minimum Experience: Must be licensed in Texas.  Will consider Ph.D/Psy.D. provisional license.

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Volunteer For POETIC

If you are a match with one of the skills below and want to learn more about joining our volunteer team, we would love to hear from you!

● Food Assistant: Sign up to pick-up critical food donations and deliver to Thanksgiving Tower (a drop location blocks from POETIC). Also could assist with grocery shopping, cleaning and stocking kitchen, preparing any of the three daily meals. Daytime, evening, and weekend opportunities.

● Office Assistant: Dedicate set hours each week to assisting with office coordination to include administrative support. Daytime opportunity. Assumes commitment of 4-8 hours per week.

● Teacher’s Assistant: Assist our teacher in helping students complete their specific coursework. Ability to tutor in various subjects at the junior high and high school level. Interest in teaching specific skills class (ex. nutrition, cosmetology, etc.). Daytime opportunity.

● Graphic Design/Social Media/PR: Use your creative skills to support POETIC marketing materials and social media content. This volunteer opportunity is done offsite. Flexible hours. Engagement with staff only.

● Salesforce Guru: Help staff fully utilize and troubleshoot our CRM software, Salesforce, to be most effective for POETIC.

● Photographer: Donate your photography skills to help capture images for POETIC’s photo library. Flexible hours. Daytime and evening opportunities.

● Fitness Professional: Seeking certified fitness professionals to lead classes for POETIC girls. Classes will happen on-site at POETIC. Background check required.

● CPA: Donate your time to assist with POETIC's accounting needs. The request is to take a working role owning execution of monthly accounting tasks. Flexible hours. Work can be completed offsite.

● Cleaning Crew: Sign up to help maintain a warm and welcoming environment for POETIC girls by donating time on Friday to clean and aid in ongoing organization at POETIC. Engagement with staff only.

●Cleaning Crew: Sign up to help maintain a warm and welcoming environment for POETIC girls by donating time on Friday to clean and aid in ongoing organization at POETIC. Engagement with staff only.

● Lead a Donation Drive: Rally your friends, family and network to gather much needed supplies for POETIC girls in the areas of personal care items, art supplies, school supplies, groceries, beverages, and snack food. Engagement with staff only.

● Build Welcome Bags: Support POETIC girls by creating welcome bags with essential items like toiletries and clothing for every girl we serve. POETIC staff will provide a list of recommended items. Engage a group of friends and build these fun bags for POETIC girls to enjoy.

● Retail Relationship Builder: Become an ambassador for POETIC girls and engage local retailers to donate gift cards, in-kind items and more to provide supplies critical to program delivery. Templated materials provided along with staff support.

● IT: Help POETIC staff with troubleshooting IT issues and concerns. Research potential technology donations and install new computers, programs, printers, etc. Background check required. Daytime and evening opportunities.

Thanks for your interest. We will get back to you right away.