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Family Recovery Specialist

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 Family Recovery Specialists for Northeast Homeless Services will support IHR’s mission 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 by providing intensive therapeutic and care coordination services to homeless families in Northeastern Mass. and the North Shore.

Reports to

Clinical Supervisor; NEH/OPT

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
  • Meet regularly with Clinical Supervisor
  • 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, 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 MA homeless providers, agencies and services a plus
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Must have regular access to reliable vehicle and valid MA drivers’ 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 (Reimbursable; required within one month of start of job). Please note: IHR will provide mileage reimbursement for work related travel.

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
Cambridge, Mass.
Position Closed