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Parenting 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 Parenting Specialist will support IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for women, families, individuals, youth and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues. The Parenting Specialist provides training, coaching, technical assistance and collaborates with other agencies regarding psycho-educational parenting skills.

Reports to

Parent–Child Services Coordinator

Essential Functions

  • Provide on-site training and psycho-educational parenting skills groups in substance use disorder treatment and human services programs, as well as correctional and other community-based settings
  • Co-facilitate parenting groups with program staff
  • Work closely with program staff and clients, implementing psycho-social parenting curricula
  • Work one-on-one with parents on individual parent-child issues
  • Provide training & technical assistance on child development and parent–child issues for program staff
  • Provide training to community-based programs on issues related to recognizing substance use disorders and impacts on the family
  • Actively participate in team addressing parent–child issues throughout Massachusetts substance use disorder treatment system
  • Work with Department of Public Health and other state agencies on the development of and support for family services in substance use treatment programs
  • In-state travel required
  • Other related duties
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required


  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Customer Focus

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field preferred
  • Experience in group work and in providing services to parents and children
  • Knowledge about the dynamics of parent–child relationships, child development, family disruptions, children’s mental health issues and trauma
  • Knowledge of substance use and treatment
  • Excellent communication skills including presentation and writing skills
  • Experience working with diverse ethnic and cultural communities
  • Must hold valid Mass. drivers’s license and have regular access to a reliable vehicle
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) encouraged to apply

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.

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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.

Parenting Specialist
30 hrs/wk
Cambridge, Mass.
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