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Job opportunities, internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

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Internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.


AVDA Job Opportunities

To apply for the following job openings, please submit your cover letter and resume to

Trauma Counselor

The Trauma Counselor position requires an experienced and empathetic trauma-informed Social Worker/Counselor to provide individual, group, family, children’s counseling, and telephonic support to adult survivors and their children who have been a by domestic violence.  The Trauma Counselor will utilize several therapeutic techniques including, but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, family-systems therapy, feminist therapy, and empowerment and strengths-based perspective when working with clients.  The candidate needs to be a fully licensed Counselor, Social Worker, or Psychologist with advanced degree.


  • Facilitation of weekly Victim Support and Domestic Violence Awareness groups, which is a psycho-educational support group, in English and Spanish, as needed (most groups are on-site)
  • Conduct intakes/assessments for individuals seeking counseling services, and admission into the Victim Support and Domestic Violence Awareness group
  • Individual counseling for adults and children who have been impacted by abuse, either in their childhood or adult lives, which will consist of the counselor using specialized clinical knowledge and advanced skills to conduct an assessment, diagnosing, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions as related to domestic violence, as well as providing safety planning
  • Development and implementation of a children’s counseling program that will address the dynamics and impact of domestic violence
  • Provide peer support and mental health guidance and training to AVDA colleagues to assist in their service to AVDA clients in our Legal Advocacy and Battering Intervention programs
  • Case management for clients in order to gain access to needed community resources and referrals
  • Documentation, which will include, progress notes and reports documenting services rendered
  • Participation in outreach activities that increase awareness of AVDA services, including counseling
  • Provide back-up intake for victims seeking legal assistance
  • Have flexible hours to accommodate, as appropriate, client needs (typically one to two evenings per week)
  • Develop and update curriculum, presentation, and outreach materials, in support of counseling program
  • Complete and submit reports, timesheets, and other paperwork in a timely manner and in accordance with agency procedures
  • Maintain accurate case records, statistical data and metrics for group and individual participants
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling
  • Fully licensed Counselor, Social Worker, or Psychologist with advanced degree from an accredited institution required
  • Minimum of two (2) years relevant experience counseling adults, children, and youth required
  • Knowledge of domestic violence preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with PCs, including desktop publishing, databases, word-processing, and spreadsheets
  • Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
  • Dependable transportation
  • Ability to work flexible hours, manage stress and conflict well, and to adapt to ever-changing and challenging needs of multiple priorities and fluctuations in work load.


Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities to work directly with clients are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in accredited programs in specific disciplines. 

Current opportunity:

Students enrolled in ABA-accredited Law School— Strong preferences for students who have completed Family Law, Marital Property, or Domestic Violence and the Law courses.

  • Summer clerkships in family-law litigation available for up to four students per summer. Positions typically are filled in February. To apply, send resume, cover letter and legal writing sample of 10 pages or less to AVDA Director of Legal Advocacy Program Pamela Dickson at
  • Semester-long internships in family-law litigation available. Must apply six weeks prior to start of semester.

Volunteer at AVDA

Volunteers are an important part of the AVDA family, and there are many ways in which you can join the team to help families trapped in a cycle of violence. AVDA volunteers can assist both clients and AVDA staff in a variety of ways. Some ways in which you can partner with AVDA in making a difference are:

  • Administrative Help — Assist AVDA staff with filing, organization, case management, and other office tasks. Candidate may be asked to lift or move boxes or files. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Special Events — AVDA hosts a variety of community events, including volunteer activities, health fairs and our annual Home Safe Home Gala. We need volunteers to help with invitation addressing, registration, and other tasks associated with annual AVDA events throughout the year.
  • Outreach — Help build community awareness about the pervasiveness of domestic violence by representing AVDA at area resource fairs.
  • Court Accompaniment — Candidate needs to have some availability from Mon-Thurs mornings to accompany clients to family-court hearings and criminal trials. Note: Requires completion of training course in domestic violence and issues specific to court accompaniment.
  • Translation — From time to time, translators in languages other than Spanish are needed to aid survivors who do not speak English.

Apply Today!

To be considered for AVDA’s Volunteer Program, all applicants must complete the application below. Participants must also sign a confidentiality agreement underlining that you will not share any information about clients, cases or other sensitive information with anyone outside of the AVDA office. All volunteers agree to a background check upon completion and submission of their volunteer application.

Once accepted to the program, an orientation of the AVDA office, policy and procedures will be provided. Volunteers opportunities are generally during AVDA office hours: 8am – 5pm at 1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 • Houston, TX 77002, but help with special events may be outside of those hours. Questions? Please email

Volunteer Application

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