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Posted Apr 12
Graham Windham

Brief Strategic Family Therapist

New York, NY, United States Full Time

About Graham Windham

In full partnership with families & communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference to children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect and delinquency by providing each child we serve with a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world. With over 600 full-time employees serving children and families in multiple programs throughout Westchester County, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem, Graham Windham provides an exciting & enriching work experience.

Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement Solution – Based Casework. Solution – Based casework helps children and families to be the solution to the seemingly insurmountable problems in their lives, from generational cycles of poverty, abuse, and neglect to unemployment, domestic violence, and severe health problems. By recognizing and reinforcing their innate strengths and ability to cope, we at Graham Windham empower them to take the lead in making change in their lives.

About the Program


Graham Windham’s Manhattan Intensive Prevention Program services families residing in northern Manhattan. We utilize an evidence-based model- Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) to promote child safety and well-being, reduce risks to children and youth, and prevent foster care placement. The model is a 12-16 week home based family systems approach. The model focus is to reduce adolescent truancy, substance abuse, and conduct disorder behaviors through improving familial relationships.


About the Position

The Brief Strategic Family Therapist works as part of a prevention team to promote child safety and well-being, reduce risks to children and youth, and prevent foster care placement. This intervention employs a team approach between the therapist, a case planner, the program supervisor and the model developer to engage the entire family into the intervention, while simultaneously remaining attuned to environmental and familial safety and risk issues.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Continuously assess for safety and risk issues. Work collaboratively with ACS as the need arises. Participate in meetings with ACS to address specific safety and risk issues and developing plans that address risk.
  • Develops and maintains therapeutic relationships with all family members.
  • Conducts weekly sessions with the entire family using Brief Strategic Family Therapy, predominantly in the home.
  • Provides BSFT services to a caseload of 10 families.
  • Participate in all aspects of BSFT implementation including intensive training, weekly individual and group supervision, video and audio-taping of sessions, and maintain model fidelity ratings.
  • Submit all required documentation (both ACS and BSFT) in a timely fashion- this includes BSFT progress notes, Family Assessment and Service Plans and PROMIS.
  • Complete initial intake and assessments. Attend joint meetings with ACS to assess new referrals and their appropriateness for the BSFT program.
  • Attend school meetings as necessary to ensure school attendance and academic success of children.
  • Provide case management and advocacy services as necessary. Work collaboratively with other service providers.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or mental health counseling
  • A minimum of two years and maximum of five years postgraduate clinical experience with families preferred.
  • Strong interest in family systems work
  • Some knowledge of and experience in the Child Welfare system
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, flexibility, professionalism, ability to function as a team player and possess a demonstrated passion for advancing the work of serving children and families.
  • Bi-lingual preferred

Graham Windham offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, paid time off, holiday pay, retirement savings plan, and much more.

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