In-Home Family Therapist/Counselor/Social Worker – Clark and Skamania Counties

Website Institute for Family Development

The Institute for Family Development (IFD) is recognized as a national leader in providing in-home services designed to keep children and youth safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing youth into state-funded care. Founded in 1982, we are the largest provider of evidence-based services to children, youth and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Washington State.

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

IFD provides in-home counseling and skill building for children and families at risk of foster care placement, or in foster or relative care placement. We offer a supportive team environment, excellent supervision, and comprehensive training.  Therapists use a variety of skills such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies and Crisis Intervention to increase family safety. This position require flexible work hours, including evenings and weekends, and the ability to provide 24/7 crisis response.

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.

IFD currently has an opening for an experienced bachelor’s level or master’s level in-home family therapist serving in Clark, and Skamania Counties. The therapist must live in the county they serve, and report weekly to the Vancouver, WA office.

This therapist provides in-home Family Preservation Services and may be trained to do “evidence-based programs” that may include Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Project SafeCare, Triple P, or Promoting First Relationships (PFR).

The FTE will be flexible based on referral need, and language capability. Caseload would range from about five (5) to twelve (12) families, which would be the equivalent of a full time caseload. Each family is seen about 1-2 hours per week.

Minimum qualifications:  

  • Masters of Social Work (MSW) or MA; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Must have, or be able to acquire, an active counselor registration OR an active license;
  • Must live in or be willing to relocate to Clark or Skamania County;
  • Must be available for an initial full week training.
  • Must be willing to carry agency required levels for your vehicle insurance.

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IFD participates in the e-Verify program and is an equal opportunity employer.

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