Therapeutic Advocate

Under the supervision of the New Paths Program Manager, provide therapeutic support through crisis counseling, advocacy, and accompaniment to youth ages 11-25 that have experienced sexual exploitation/trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Essential Duties

  • Provide therapeutic advocacy for youth who have been victimized through accompaniment during medical exams, interviews with Law Enforcement, charging conferences with the DA’s Office, other legal proceedings, and accessing social services.
  • Facilitate weekly evening and weekend groups for youth at the Pathfinders Youth Shelter and Drop-In Center.
  • Provide crisis counseling & intervention, case management, service coordination, and refer clients to community resources and other organizations, as appropriate. Develop plans with youth to meet their needs and review and revise as needed to determine quantity and quality of service provided to youth.  
  • Provide one time or short term, non-clinical counseling on an as needed basis for youth involved in the New Paths program.
  • Support youth after they have been victimized to develop safety plans, navigate systems, increase access to needed resources, and explore their options.
  • Compile     records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence with youth and other mental health and social service providers involved.  Develop, maintain, and submit necessary reports for program evaluation and statistical compilation.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with community partners and provide presentations and outreach to community & systems-based organizations and youth groups. 
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Requires education generally equivalent to a Master’s degree in social work, educational psychology, psychology, or counseling, and two years’ experience working with youth.
  • Must possess working knowledge of the issues of sexual assault, human trafficking and the impact of sexual assault/exploitation on survivors.   
  • Must be able to make independent decisions in an environment where there is exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must be organized, reliable, and demonstrate the ability to maintain privileged client information.
  • Should have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance coverage, and be willing to travel as necessary.
  • Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team within the parameters of the project, and to work in a changing environment where there is frequent exposure to stressful/crisis situations.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to changing program needs.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

Additional Information

Starting salary is $37,100 to $42,000 dependent on experience. This range includes +0.45per hour State certified/licensed/3,000 hour completed candidates. Excellent benefits package includes health/dental, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off plan. Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals.


Send a letter of interest, current resume, and wage requirements via mail or email to the address noted above. Please specify which position you are applying for. Agency information obtained at www.pathfindersmke.orgNo phone inquiries will be accepted.

An Equal Opportunity Organization

Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women, the disabled, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Date Posted

October 2, 2017

Closing Date

October 23, 2017


Full Time, Exempt

How to Apply