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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 CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. IHR’s mission, since our founding in 1989, has been to develop and support 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, while advancing principles of health equity and social justice. Our work is focused on addressing and eradicating inequities in our health care, economic, and justice systems, especially as they disproportionately affect women and people of color. We are committed to providing services and creating communities that mitigate the effects of substance use, mental illness, and trauma.

Summary Statement

The Family Recovery Specialist will support Project Promise, an innovative substance use day treatment program, and IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for pregnant and parenting women. The Family Recovery Specialist will work closely with an interdisciplinary team on all family activities.

This is a full-time 40 hours/week position. Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, Project Promise services are currently fully remote. Due to pandemic, this and all IHR positions are remote and will transition to in person work at some point. We anticipate that this position will provide services in person once it is safe to do so.

Reports to

Program Coordinator, Project Promise

Essential Functions

  • As part of a multidisciplinary team provide trauma-informed, family-centered treatment to pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders
  • Engage clients in a comprehensive assessment process, including strengths, challenges, history (substance use, mental health, and trauma)
  • In partnership with clients, develop individualized family service plans to address substance use, mental health, trauma, relapse prevention, recovery support, and parenting
  • Facilitate treatment and psychoeducation groups around issues of substance use, recovery, trauma, and parenting
  • Provide individual and/or dyadic (parent–child) treatment to address needs and goals identified in service plans
  • Regularly re-assess progress and update treatment plans as needed
  • Coordinate closely with other Project Promise staff
  • Work with collaterals and other professionals involved with client
  • Identify and collaborate with providers of Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in order to support access to MAT as needed for clients
  • Identify case management needs and work in collaboration with Case Manager to connect families to community resources for recovery support, relapse prevention, and parenting support
  • Maintain all written reports and records (including electronic health records) accurately and in a timely manner
  • Meet regularly with supervisor for clinical and administrative supervision
  • 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
  • Understanding of Racial Equity Principles and Strategies
  • Customer Focus


  • Clinician(s) with advanced degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field
  • Professional clinical license (LICSW, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT) is strongly preferred;
  • Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural (Spanish/English) candidates preferred.
  • Previous clinical experience in the field of substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health and trauma.
  • Experience within the SUD treatment and child welfare systems preferred.
  • Familiarity with community-based resources to support recovering parents; 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.

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 equity and diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create an inclusive and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Family Recovery Specialist
40 hours
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