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Family Recovery Specialist

The Institute for Health & Recovery is a nationally-renowned, award-winning agency that specializes in innovative services, training and evaluation focused on addressing the unique needs of underserved families, women and youth. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges, and other health issues.

Summary Statement

The Family Recovery Specialists for Northeast Homeless Services will support IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for families, children, adolescents, and adults who are affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health problems, and violence/trauma by providing intensive therapeutic and care coordination services to homeless families in northeastern Mass. and the North Shore.

Reports to

Clinical Supervisor

Essential Functions

  • Work collaboratively with program partners to identify families in need of services
  • Engage families in trauma-informed substance use and co-occurring disorders treatment, providing counseling and therapeutic services at identified locations.
  • Implement family-centered service planning designed to stabilize family, address child safety/socio-emotional and developmental needs, and substance use / co-occurring disorders
  • Use evidence-based practices in treatment with families, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Attachment Self-Regulation and Competence (ARC), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Nurturing Program (NP), and Seeking Safety (SS)
  • Maintain communication with all key partners working with the family
  • Maintain timely clinical records utilizing IHR and MSDP forms
  • Maintain updated license and required certifications
  • Attend all project and agency meetings, meet regularly with Clinical Supervisor
  • Other related duties
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required


  • Problem Solving
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Valuing Diversity


  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related field, required.
  • Professional clinical license strongly preferred (LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMFT)
  • Experience with homeless families strongly preferred
  • Experience in family-centered substance-use and mental health treatment, children’s developmental and mental health services
  • Ability to work with a range of service providers to design a cohesive, family-centered service plan
  • Skills in Motivational Interviewing, strengths-based, trauma-informed service delivery preferred
  • Knowledge of northeast Mass. homeless providers, agencies and services a plus
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Must have regular access to reliable vehicle and valid Mass. driver’s License

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Business Class Rider on Motor Vehicle Insurance, if transporting clients (within one month of start of job)

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally products and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

IHR offers a rewarding work environment with competitive salary, generous benefits and a strong commitment to diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create and welcoming a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Family Recovery Specialist
40 hrs/wk
Cambridge, Mass.