Website A Way Out Ministries
Christian non-profit conducting outreach and long-term housing
A Way Out Ministries (AWO) has a two-year Christ-centered trauma-informed residential program for women who have been trapped in sex trafficking. The ministry currently owns one safe home, called Agape House, with the capacity to serve six (6) sex trafficking survivors in our two-year residential program. A rural campus is being built that will increase our capacity to serve 10 additional women and includes a 10-year plan to expand on over 75 acres to serve sexually exploited women with children and sex trafficked minors. In addition to our residential programming, AWO also conducts outreach two times each month to venues known for sexual exploitation (e.g., strip clubs, hotels, massage parlors, streets, casinos, etc.). AWO is developing social enterprise businesses that will serve as trauma-informed work experiences for the women in our residential program. The Survivor Care Coordinator is responsible for ensuring all women in the residential program receive trauma-informed care that includes administration and interpretation of assessments, individual and group therapeutic sessions, individualized treatment plans, relapse prevention plan, and Dream Plan with future goals. The Survivor Care Coordinator will be the liaison with all outside community mental health partners and providers and assist the Case Manager with intakes if a woman presents with clinical diagnosis and psychotropic medications to ensure AWO is an appropriate placement. The Survivor Care Coordinator is also responsible for reviewing all curriculum with the Operations and Women’s Services Director to ensure it is biblically sound and for assisting with training all new volunteers.
- Role and Responsibilities
Administer and interpret trauma informed and other therapeutic assessments administered to women in Phase One and Two of the AWO residential program.
- Facilitate weekly trauma informed individual and group therapeutic sessions to support Phase One and Two sex trafficking survivors residing in the AWO residential program.
- Develop with input from each woman in Phase One and Two a written individualized treatment and relapse recovery plans that can include:
- Up to twenty-four weeks of weekly 45 minute – 1 hour individual one on one sessions
- Teach and facilitate group classes weekly.
- Facilitate family sessions with women’s children and other family members if applicable.
- Liaison with American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
- Develop with input from each woman in Phase One and Two a Dream Plan to include SMART goals in the following areas: personal, academic, financial, parental (if applicable), dating, and spiritual.
- Develop a relapse prevention plan with each woman prior to graduating Phase Two.
- Assist Case Manager in developing therapeutically sound Behavior Contract’s with women when they are at risk of being terminated from the program.
- Facilitate crisis intervention meetings and use de-escalation techniques to stabilize a woman’s behavior.
- Prepare and submit timely and written monthly/weekly clinical notes to supervisor detailing women’s progress in individual and group settings.
- When appropriate, refer women to receive EMDR or other evidence-based trauma therapies by outside Christian licensed trauma therapists.
- Nurture and maintain new and existing relationships with outside therapeutic partners (trauma, art, equine therapy).
- AWO liaison with providers relative to women’s physical and mental health appointments and psychotropic medications.
- Collaborate and provide recommendations to Case Manager when potential new clients have clinical diagnosis and prescribed psychotropic medication to determine if AWO is an appropriate placement.
- Provide weekly bible studies for AWO alumni and coordinate with volunteers to lead discussion.
- Maintain relationships and disciple women in Phase Three by meeting one on one monthly (if they are available), make appropriate referrals/recommendations, and document outcomes in writing. Case manager will send follow-up surveys.
- Maintain relationships and disciple women in Phase Four by contacting via phone, text, email, social media three times per year, make appropriate referrals, and document outcomes. Case manager will send follow-up surveys.
- Maintain professional boundaries with women in Phase One and Phase Two who are receiving therapeutic interventions.
- Review all program curriculum to ensure they are biblically sound and trauma-informed.
- Prepare progress reports for court relative to treatment progress/goals and at Case Manager’s request, attend court to support woman or provide oral testimony.
- Assist in developing and facilitating trainings for new volunteers who will work directly with women in AWO’s residential program.
- Participate in on-call rotation with other staff for night and weekend shifts when crises occur.
- Once mentors are approved and trained, determine which woman would be an appropriate match and act as liaison with Volunteer Coordinator between AWO and mentors when questions or challenges arise.
- Assist AWO staff with rescues and outside placements as needed.
- Coordinate with AWO intake staff to provide expertise if AWO has the capacity to serve a potential woman who may have mental health needs greater than our program can meet.
- Supervise AWO Case Manager and Director of Outreach.
- Oversee AWO prayer and food committees.
- Perform other responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Clinically licensed trauma therapist preferred but not required. If not licensed, a minimum of 5 years experience providing direct trauma-informed care to sex trafficking survivors is required.
- Christian woman who is nurturing and has sensitivity to women who have experienced trauma and commitment to maintaining program participant’s dignity.
- Excellent communication skills, particularly listening, mediation, and writing skills.
- Sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of women AWO serves.
- A conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
- Excellent computer experience with ability to perform word processing, data entry, and typing reports.
- Ability to work flexible work schedule that includes nights and weekends.
- Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
- Own personal vehicle.
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