Child and Family Therapist

Organization/Company Name: 
Albertina Kerr
Position Description: 

Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. When you join Kerr, you become part of a team motivated to provide innovative and excellent programs, services and care.

As a Child and Family Therapist, you'll coordinate and provide mental health treatment for children to achieve the best possible outcomes, in the timeliest manner possible, and within the most efficient utilization of available resources.  You'll ensure clinical work actively incorporates client and family voice and choice, and complies with OAR, license and payer requirements.

Opportunities are available in various settings:

  • Children's Crisis Psychiatric Care (Subacute) - Short-term, safe, and secure residential placement for children and teens (ages 5-17) who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Focus on mental health stabilization, psychiatric evaluation, and transitional planning.  
  • Outpatient Care - Clinic- and community-based mental health services to children, teens and their families. Services rooted in a strengths-based, client-centered, systemic approach that strives to alleviate the individual and family struggles associated with mental health symptoms. Our therapists provide services to a small caseload of about 20 children. Typically, about four of these clients receive Intensive Community Treatment Services (ICTS).
  • Group Home Programs - A stable, safe, and nurturing environment for youth who experience Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) as well Mental Health challenges.  Serving group homes in either Portland-Metro or greater Hillsboro area.


Child and Family Therapist I does not require professional licensure and operates under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner (LCSW, LMFT, LPC).  Pursuit and achievement of relevant professional licensure within three years of hire is a key requirement of the position. Our Child and Family Therapist II position requires licensure (LCSW for MSW degree holders, LMFT or LPC as appropriate for other clinical Master’s degree holders). All therapists provide limited, paid on-call support for one week every other month.


Essential Duties

  • Provides and implements individual, family and group psychotherapy.
  • Provides and implements effective team coordination and collaboration with direct line staff, teams, and leadership including attending regular staff meetings.
  • Provides competent, therapeutic coordination of care according to the relevant OARs and ISSRs.
  • Consistently provides adequate supervision, clinical guidance and oversight on shared cases with Skills Trainers, Behavior Specialists, direct line staff, or Family Support Specialists through routine consultation and direction.
  • Coordinates client and family services and activities with other agencies and community resources and providers in congruence with a team based approach.
  • Ensure development and implementation of comprehensive, individualized Individual Service Support Plan for each client and family.
  • Participate in training sessions, supervision and meetings.
  • Ensure all documentation is completed in accordance with the OAR, contract, and organizational standards and maintains current authorizations.
  • Actively pursues and attains individual professional licensure in a relevant clinical field (social work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counselling). Licensure must be attained within three years of hire.
  • Creates and helps coordinate client and family after-care and discharge plans coordinating with other agencies, community resources, and providers in congruence with a team based approach.
  • Participates in the clinical after-hours on-call rotation, providing prompt crisis support by phone or in person.
  • Maintains appropriate professional boundaries with children and families, including maintaining confidentiality of client information as required by various laws and agency requirements.  Follows laws related to mandatory abuse reporting.
Position Function: 
Position Type: 
Full Time
$51,300 - $58,995 / yr.
  • Paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, basic life & accident insurance, and, short- & long-term disability employee benefits
  • Paid continuing education and professional development opportunities
  • Tax-free student loan repayment assistance - up to $5,250 per year
  • Support for clinical supervision toward licensure with salary increase upon licensure
  • Flexible schedules, 7 paid holidays, and generous time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • 24-hour Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) that provides resources for everything from mental health to pet insurance and financial counselling
  • Satisfies employment requirement for student loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF)
Required Qualifications and Experience: 
  • Proven ability to provide Individual and Family Therapy.
  • Specialized knowledge and skills to provide appropriate clinical services based on the age, growth, and development of children served.
  • Proven ability to facilitate interdisciplinary treatment team meetings.
  • Excellent written, organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Intermediate computer skills sufficient to maintain calendars and clinical documentation, complete routine assignments in Microsoft Office, and similar tasks.
Required Education and / or Certifications: 
  • Master’s Degree in social work, counseling psychology, child and family therapy or art therapy from an accredited college or university that meets the requirement for Oregon licensure in clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counseling.
  • Eligibility for relevant clinical licensure in the State of Oregon.
722 NE 162nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
To Be Determined
Application deadline: 
Thursday, September 16, 2021