Family Therapist

Phoenix House Dorchester , MA 02122

Posted 2 weeks ago

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years.

We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole personand come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As One Phoenix House we believe in having fun along the way embracing progress not perfection as our journey continues.


  • Assess clients and their families by participating in intake meetings, development of individual treatment plans, childrens service plans, revision of treatment plans, and discharge and aftercare planning.

  • Meet with all clients on a weekly basis for 1:1 individual family therapy or family session

  • Meet with mother and child(ren) as needed to aid mother in behavior management coaching or other clinical issues that arise within the family.

  • Provide training and clinical consultation to staff regarding family systems, family development, group and individual treatment issues and other area of expertise

  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other clinical/education/administrative staff, the court system, social service agencies, advocacy groups, outpatient therapist

  • Maintain complete, timely, confidential and accurate treatment records, including evaluation reports, progress and case conference notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and aftercare plans

  • Attend staff meetings and trainings

  • Assist with training and/or educational projects for staff, residents, community etc.

  • Serve as a role model

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Tasks:

  • Meet with mother and child as needed to aid mother in behavior management coaching or other clinical issues that arise within the family

  • Maintain proper documentation of sessions, collateral meetings, phone calls etc.

  • Co-lead Parenting Group with Child Care Coordinator

  • Lead Crisis Intervention group. Maintain active individual crisis plans for all clients.

  • Lead family support group Saturdays with family and friends

  • Attend DCF meetings- have strong understanding of what constitutes neglect and abuse report accordingly with DCF

  • Coordinate all team meetings for teenage children to attend or onsite support group for teens.

  • Coordinate family events on campus

  • Maintain service plans for all children who are residents at Phoenix House

  • Complete Labor Plans for all pregnant women

  • Complete pregnancy plans for all pregnant women

  • Maintain Monthly Family Census

  • Complete Parenting Relapse Prevention plans with all mothers.

  • Ensure child safety in program using child safety guidelines

  • Oversee coordination of Horizons Play-Pals with Child Service Assistant

  • Oversee coordination of Birthday Wishes monthly birthday parties

  • Supervise Child Care Coordinator and Assistant Service Assistant

  • Ensure Mother and Child Schedule is being implemented on floor

  • Make Early Intervention referrals or other developmental referrals as needed.


To perform this position successfully, you must perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Knowledge obtained through completion of a Master degree curriculum in a related discipline (e.g., psychology, social work, counseling, marital and family therapy etc.) from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge obtained through obtained through training in the theory or practice of family therapy, including supervised experience in a setting in which family therapy is provided.

  • Ability to positively work with substance-abusing population

  • Knowledge of State and Federal regulations regarding confidentiality

  • Ability to comply with internal, local, state and federal compliance.

  • Ability to manage the residential community

  • Ability to work and communicate with others.

  • Significant knowledge of healthy child development including mental, cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth

  • Significant knowledge of early childhood development theories and best practices

  • Must be able to screen and refer children in need of mental health assessments and therapy

  • Significant knowledge of impact of addiction, trauma and recovery on children, mother and mother-child relationships

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to clearly and effectively communicate thoughts and ideas to various audiences (clients, staff, management, municipal systems, community programs)

  • Strong organizational skills time management, organization of data, organization of physical spaces, organization of daily tasks and weekly responsibilities, ability to multi-task

  • Ability to prioritize tasks

  • Team player and self-starter ability to work with others and collaborate AND work autonomously to develop programmatic an client needs fully

  • Solid problem solving, conflict resolution, mediation and crisis intervention skills

Other Skills:

  • Creative, out of the box thinker who will generate new, cost effective and attainable ways to achieve positions goals

  • Professional prompt, balanced demeanor, healthy boundary setting (no dual relationships, no work outside of scope of practice, etc.), friendly to all, nonjudgmental, free from gossiping and complaining about clients and/or staff

  • Ability to make quick decisions based on presented information and influences

  • Empathetic and compassionate towards clients, children and their circumstances use to addiction and other traumas

  • Ability to identify and leverage teachable moments

  • Ability to observe unhealthy interactions from mother to child and to coach mother to try healthier way

  • Ability to effectively use supervisory and other supports on the job


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

  • The work environment is that of a substance abuse treatment milieu.

  • Exposure to clients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, or other Infectious Diseases is possible.

  • Weekend and holiday hours may be required.

  • Business-related travel may be required.

Phoenix House requires background checks, drug testing, TB testing, verification of employment history, reference checks and possibly a medical exam, prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

EEO is the Law: Applicants and employees are protected under Federal law from discrimination. Click to learn more.

EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

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