Clinic Therapist, Foster Care & Adoption Project (Part-Time)

Job Title:Clinic Therapist, Foster Care & Adoption Project
Reports to:Clinical Director
FLSA Status:Exempt

Organization Overview:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family was founded in 1960, and is one of the premier institutions for family therapy treatment, and one of the most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves a diverse population of families at all stages of family life by offering a variety of programs that address a broad range of issues and concerns. The faculty at the Institute have achieved national prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative approaches to family therapy and professional training.

Position Summary:

The Foster Care and Adoption Project (FCAP) is expanding its team of therapists and trainers to work with families and service providers involved with the foster care system. The Clinic Therapist, Part-Time, FCAP will work with one family currently involved in the foster care system. The qualified candidate will have opportunities to present and train in the community, both virtually and in-person. Mandatory group and live supervision will be held on the last Tuesday of every month from 5-7 pm.

Essential Job Functions:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide weekly family therapy for the Institute. Case load may also contain individual cases of family members who are already receiving family services in the clinic.
  • Provide an estimate of 1-2 sessions per week.
  • Maintain up-to-date, timely, electronic chart records that include treatment plans and session notes.
  • Must be available for clinical supervision for 2 hours a month, held on the last Tuesday of each month.
  • Must be available to work evening hours and possibly Saturdays.
  • Participate in Utilization Reviews.
  • Must be able to conduct tele-therapy.
  • Record clinical service statistics on a monthly basis.
  • Engage in any additional activities which may facilitate the therapeutic process for clients (e.g., outreach to family members, seeking referrals for additional services, identifying educational resources for families).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must hold a current and valid license to practice mental health independently in the state of New York such as LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, or licensed psychologist.
  • Must be a graduate of the Ackerman Externship Program.
  • Knowledge and application of the Ackerman Relational Approach and/or Family Therapy theories.
  • Familiarity with ACS / child welfare systems or experience counseling families involved in child welfare systems strongly preferred.
  • Experience in social service setting with working knowledge of case management systems and planning techniques is preferred.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to details.
  • Commitment to Ackerman Institute values of inclusion, collaboration, and transparency.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Work Environment:

  • This position will be required to dedicate 1-2 hours per week.
  • This position is Hybrid, based in our office in New York City with limited remote work. Monthly supervision will be in person and therapy sessions will be available in-person or teletherapy, based on the family’s preference.
  • This 10-month contract will be from July 1, 2023- April 30, 2024.


  • $50.00 per-hour.

COVID Requirements:

  • AIF requires its Employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including any booster shots if required, where allowable under the law and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, unless they are approved for a reasonable accommodation based on disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you are required to have received at least one COVID-19 shot prior to your first day of employment and to provide proof of your vaccination status within the first 30 days of your employment. For the two COVID-19 shot regimen, you will be required to provide proof of your second COVID-19 shot within the first 60 days of your employment. Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with AIF.
  • If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief, you will be required to apply for a reasonable accommodation within the first 30 days of your employment in order to remain employed with AIF. As a part of this process, you will be required to provide information or documentation about the reason you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for an accommodation is not approved, then your employment may be terminated.

Welcoming Diversity:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and clinical care related activities or in any other aspect of the Institute’s operation. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and intersex people, especially transwomen; those from poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, people with disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these experiences are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at:, Subject: “Clinic Therapist, Part-Time, FCAP.” Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.