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Child and Family Therapist (FT & PT available)

Posted: 09/04/2022

Child and Family Therapist (FT & PT available)
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Kansas City, MO • Mental Health Programs

Jewish Family Services (www.jfskc.orgis looking for a Child and Family Therapist to play a pivotal role in growing our children’s therapy program. Since 2019, we’ve been steadily expanding our therapeutic services for children ages 2-18, as well as their families with trauma-informed, evidence-based treatments. 

Who is JFS?: We are a dynamic agency, supporting and strengthening lives throughout Greater Kansas City for over 120 years. Our human-centered culture means our staff looks for ways to say ‘yes’ to client needs and lower barriers to our programs. We served over 10,000 people in 2021, regardless of faith, age, culture, or lifestyle through our Food Pantry, Older Adult Services, Mental Health Services, Family Life Education, Chaplaincy, and more.  

Is JFS right for you? If you become a JFS Child and Family Therapist, you will join a robust and highly collaborative team of therapists who pride themselves & JFS on being a positive and human-centered work culture. Child therapists maintain a slightly smaller caseload to allow time for care coordination and case management, especially for children who are in state custody. The Child and Family Therapist will provide all therapy sessions in person unless virtual sessions are clinically recommended or feasible. We have full-time & benefits-eligible positions at 32-40 hours per week, as well as part-time opportunities.

Are you…  

  • Passionate. You want to be there for children and their families when they need help navigating behavioral or emotional challenges.
  • Empathetic. You care about the well-being of kids and the grown-ups who love them, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability.
  • Experienced and grounded. You are someone who understands that trauma work is difficult and sometimes taxing. You know how to employ positive self-care and coping skills to keep you strong and engaged.
  • Client-centered. You have respect for the lived experiences of others, even when they are different from your own. You can meet clients where they are.
  • Creative and innovative. You come up with inventive and sometimes fun ways to treat children, even when they are dealing with the hard stuff.
  • Collaborative. You enjoy learning from your peers. You’re great at getting and giving respectful and productive feedback, whether it’s your supervisor or your fellow co-workers.
  • Clear Communicator. You are good with your words and others enjoy speaking with you. You communicate well in person and in writing. You understand that being a good communicator requires active listening.
  • Organized and efficient. You know how to prioritize and can do so with minimal supervision.

Then, you might be a great fit for our team! The right candidate will align with our client approach and JFS Guiding Principles: 

Client Non-Discrimination Policy: Clients of Jewish Family Services have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, color, religion, gender, language, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, or immigration status. JFS will make every reasonable accommodation to ensure access to our programs and services. 

Guiding Principles: JFS is guided by five principles that inform how we engage with each other and the community we serve. The right candidate will be in alignment with these values:

  1. B’Yachad - Stronger Together: We are stronger as an agency and a community when we think, work, and serve together.
  2. Being Human-Centered: We put the human experience and perspective at the center of our thinking, programming, services, and interactions. 
  3. Collaboration: We actively seek partnering opportunities within JFS and throughout our community
  4. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: We respond and continually adapt to ongoing needs and changes in the Greater Kansas City area.  
  5. Open Communication: We communicate openly, honestly, and in a solution-oriented manner.

Essential Duties

  •  Ability to effectively provide therapy in-person or through teletherapy when needed 
  • Complete assessments and treatment planning using an electronic record-keeping system
  • Document clinical transactions in a timely manner
  • Collaborate and coordinate with colleagues and other providers 
  • Provide 50 percent direct service hours in accordance with agency expectations
  •  Attend weekly counseling team and staff meetings and professionally present cases to colleagues as requested 
  • Provide case management as needed
  • Participate in agency-wide team-building, fund-raising, and promotional events  
Education and Experience:·
  • Master’s degree and applicable licensure in social work, counseling, or psychology,
  • Clinical licensure is preferred, but clinical supervision can be provided for the right candidate,
  • Training and/or familiarity with Play Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, EMDR, and/or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strongly preferred,
  • Extensive experience with state child welfare systems is a strong plus and can be considered in place of clinical experience,
  • Dual Missouri-Kansas licensure preferred (or reciprocity within the first year of hire),
  • Experience with assessment and treatment planning skills, as well as demonstrated knowledge of the DSM-5,
  • Strong crisis management and safety protocol skills and experience, including mandated reporter protocols,
  • Willingness to actively participate in a highly collaborative and collegial work environment,
  • Effective caseload and time management,
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Windows and Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), experience with client-database systems, ability to use HIPAA compliant text and chat programs, and experience with Zoom and other secure digital video platforms,
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HIPAA, 
  • Dependable, punctual, and highly organized with excellent written and verbal skills,
  • Professional presence and demeanor.

Environmental/Physical RequirementsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:· Frequently required to sit, stand, talk, and hear.

  • Able to comply with JFS mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, in compliance with Federal ADA guidelines. 
  • Required to sit in a therapeutic setting with clients in person or on teletherapy· Ability to work in a communal work environment· Ability to effectively use office equipment such as computer, phone, printer, copier, and fax machine. 


  • Competitive Pay & Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Paid Long & Short-Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Generous Paid Time Off 
  • Paid Federal & Religious Holidays
  • Discount Membership to Jewish Community Center (theater, fitness center, activities, etc.)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Free Parking
  • Paid Time Off for Volunteering

EEO StatementJFS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to being inclusive and welcoming. Employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and organizational need. All applicants will be considered for employment with dignity and respect, free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, color, religion, gender, language, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.  

Salary Description
$50,000/year for 40 hours/week

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Job Type: Full Time