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In Home Therapist and Intervention Specialist

The Institute for Health & 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’ 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 In-Home Therapist (IHT) and Intervention 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. This position will be part of the In Home Therapy Team, serving children and families, and the SAFE project, serving adolescents with co-occurring substance use and mental health needs, and their families. This position would be serving clients in greater Boston area.

This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position and is sited at IHR’s Boston office, however it is primarily home-and community-based. A flexible schedule including occasional early evening hours may be required. Travel is also required in this position. Due to current COVID-19 concerns, this position is primarily a telehealth position at this time.

Reports to

Director of Youth and Young Adult Services

Essential Functions

  • Provide home- and community-based outreach, engagement and family treatment to families in the Greater Boston area, using CBHI’s In-Home-Therapy Services approach. In some cases, the primary clients will be adolescents struggling with substance use and other behavioral health disorders
  • Provide strength-based and trauma-informed outreach, engagement, case management, and behavioral health counseling utilizing evidence-based interventions, including Motivational Interviewing, A-CRA, and ACC in clients’ homes and/or community location
  • Conduct comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments and individualized treatment plans related to substance use/mental health, trauma, relapse prevention, recovery support and treatment retention
  • Provide wrap-around services by helping families and clients identify and access community treatment, natural supports, and other resources
  • As part of a treatment team, work in collaboration with the Therapeutic Training and Support Specialist to identify and address family strengths and needs
  • Work closely in collaboration with referral source as well as other providers involved with the youth/family to coordinate and implement appropriate services
  • Participate in training and professional development, including certification and/or proficiency in evidence-based models including A-CRA, ACC, and Motivational Interviewing
  • Provide outreach to community organizations, schools, and other service providers to increase referrals to both IHT and SAFE programs
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date clinical electronic health records, billing records, and reporting as necessary
  • Maintain a productivity minimum for billable client services (26 hrs/week)
  • Meet regularly with Supervisor for clinical and administrative supervision
  • Flexible hours may be required
  • 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 or related field, required
  • Previous experience working with children, adolescents, and their families required
  • Previous clinical experience in the field of addictions disorders, co-occurring mental health and trauma issues required.
  • Previous clinical experience either within the child welfare system or as a collateral provider.
  • Familiar with community-based resources in the Greater Boston area
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse cultural groups
  • Experience in home-based services, community outreach and case management activities
  • Good organizational and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong administrative organization and ability to maintain complete and accurate records
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a reliable vehicle
  • Bi-lingual/bi-cultural (Spanish/English) candidates strongly 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.

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.

In Home Therapist and Intervention Specialist
40 hours
Boston, Mass.
Position Closed