Family Therapist / Counselor / Social Worker – Homebuilders (Vancouver, WA)

Website Institute for Family Development

Since 1982 IFD has provided intensive, in-home family services to keep children safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing children into state-funded care. Evidence has overwhelmingly shown that empowering families and teaching parents new skills produces better outcomes and is less expensive than removing children from the home.

We provide an array of evidence and research based services. Our HOMEBUILDERS® model of Intensive Family Preservation Services is internationally known. The model has been identified as an evidence-based practice by Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and it has been designated a “model family strengthening program” by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Social justice is a foundational value of our organization, and we are fully committed to creating an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive agency culture where all staff thrive and can fulfill their potential. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruitment, support, and retention is how we will obtain the most diverse, highest quality workforce that shares, and helps us advance, our mission and values.

We are interested in individuals who are representative of the diverse populations we serve and are dedicated to serving clients with quality and compassion through a trauma-informed lens. We are looking for people who want to “be the change” in their communities – to advance social justice in their work. We want clinicians who share our goal of ensuring all families are successful in our services, and Black, Indigenous and other children of color are not disproportionally represented in out-of-home placement.

 “A Social Justice approach to child welfare requires confronting racial and class bias, it requires concrete help for poor families, it requires humble tasks, and it requires stepping out of the role of noble healer and into the role of partner.”  Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

A HOMEBUILDERS® therapist:

  • Maintains a caseload of only two (2) families at a time, providing the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of high-risk children and families.
  • Provides a range of clinical, concrete and advocacy services tailored to each family.
  • Works with families in their homes and, when applicable, community settings.
  • Schedules client sessions at times that are convenient for families, and at times family members most need our help and support, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Although the frequency of crisis calls is low, therapists are available on a 24/7 basis to respond to families when there is a crisis or urgent need.

The safety of our clients and employees is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are temporarily providing many of our in-home services via telehealth. We have also implemented strict safety guidelines for in person sessions, including: health screens, mandatory face coverings for all participants, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe.

Extensive Training and Support

  • Ten (10) or more days of training in the first year
  • Weekly team consultation
  • Regular individual supervision
  • Access to crisis consultation with supervisors and program managers on a 24/7 basis
  • Ongoing quality enhancement activities to support model fidelity and clinical practice

Excellent Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 20 paid vacation days per year
  • 11 holidays per year
  • 12 paid sick leave days per year
  • 401(k) retirement plan (typically 5% annual agency contribution)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in social work, counseling or a related field plus two years of related experience, OR graduate degree in social work, counseling or a related field
  • Ability and interest in being on call on a 24/7 basis and working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Residence in the service area (or willingness to move upon hire)
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal history check
  • Valid driver’s license, a vehicle in good working condition and automobile insurance
  • 21 years of age or older

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