Family Services Therapist - Child and Family Charities

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Lansing, MI

Family Services Therapist

Position Posting

Gateway Youth Services Division Goal:  Provide immediate access to shelter, basic care needs, and supportive services for runaway, homeless, and street youth ages 12 through 21 while empowering them to make healthy decisions for themselves and equipping them with the life skills needed to become self-sufficient.

General Responsibilities: To resolve family conflict and help re-unify families by providing intensive case management, family counseling and assistance with accessing community resources. Using a trauma-informed approach help families begin to heal from the effects of trauma.  


  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Family Therapy, or equivalent
  • Appropriate Licensure to provide Counseling/Therapeutic Services. Prefer full license, but may consider limited license working toward full licensure under required supervision
  • Training in providing trauma-informed therapy to families preferred
  • A minimum of four years of experience providing services to families of at-risk youth; prefer experience working in a residential facility
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural competency (street youth, pregnant/parenting teens, LGBTQ youth, etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge and effective use of community resources
  • Strong computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, databases)
  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle available for use during work hours as needed
  • Flexibility of work schedule to meet the needs of the clientele. On call 24/7 one week per month which may occasionally require returning to the worksite.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide crisis intervention, counseling and case management services in a trauma-informed manner to families of runaway, homeless, and street youth who contact the agency
  • Promote family reunification whenever safe, possible, and in the best interest of the youth and families we serve. Make every attempt to actively engage all parties in family team meetings
  • Create therapeutic goals with family members that promote healing and recovery from trauma
  • Facilitate family therapy sessions that improve communication, encourage healthy coping skills and repair relationships
  • Comply with the Child Protection Act Mandatory Reporting Responsibilities
  • Refer family members to mental health services in the community as needed (Psychological Evaluations, Psychiatric Services, Medication Reviews, etc.)
  • Provide aftercare services to ensure family members have successfully connected to community resources for ongoing mental health and supportive services


Resume and Cover Letter:                              

Liz Gonzalez, Director of Administration

Child and Family Charities

4287 Five Oaks Drive

Lansing, MI 48911


Child and Family Charities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We value diversity, cultural competence and team work

Posted: 1.05.2018

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