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Child Family Clinician

The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy, program development and capacity building agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for 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. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families.

Summary Statement

The Child Family Clinician for Family Recovery Project Central will support IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for women, families, individuals, children and youth, pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues. Child Family Clinicians will build rapport with children/parents and their families through home and community-based treatment in Worcester, Mass., will provide mental health and substance use disorder assessment and treatment to children and parents involved with FRP Central, and will collect and maintain all information on participant needs and services.

Reports to

Director of Family and Children’s Services

Essential Functions

  • Provide home based clinical treatment and intensive case management services to DCF-involved children and families
  • Provide mental health screening and refer children and families for further assessment and/or services as needed
  • Deliver services to young children and their families affected by trauma and substance use disorders
  • Work with Worcester’s Peer Recovery Center, Everyday Miracles (EDM) to better connect DCF involved families to this community resource
  • Provide individual and group treatment to young children and their families using Evidence Based Practices, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Seeking Safety (SS), and the Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery (NP)
  • Build rapport with clients to supportively challenge negative beliefs and promote positive change, using Motivational Interviewing Techniques
  • Provide supervision to Peer Recovery Specialist related to clinical and service delivery issues
  • Collaborate with partner program staff in implementing the principles of trauma-informed care, Plans of Safe Care and other family centered evidence based interventions
  • Maintain all written clinical records
  • Attend bi-weekly clinical meetings, quarterly full project meetings, bi-monthly Family Recovery Council meetings, as well as other IHR and community meetings as required
  • Participate in other grant activities as assigned
  • Communicate with IHR’s main office in Cambridge through use of shared online calendars, sign in – out board, time sheets, and check in/out with supervisor;
  • Attend team and agency staff meetings
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required
  • Other related duties


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


  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, public health or related field required; Professional clinical license strongly preferred (LICSW, LMHC)
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Experience working with children impacted by substance use and mental health disorders
  • Experience providing home-based services to pregnant and parenting women and families affected by substance use disorders and child welfare strongly preferred
  • Experienced with Motivational Interviewing, and in strengths-based, trauma-informed service delivery and other family centered evidence based interventions preferred
  • Individuals with first-hand experience in substance use disorders are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse cultural groups
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Willing and able to travel to designated locations

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.

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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.

Child Family Clinician
40 hours
Worcester, MA
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