Clinic Therapist, Gender & Family Project / Foster Care and Adoption Project (Part-Time)

Job Title:Clinic Therapist, Gender & Family Project / Foster Care and Adoption Project (GFP/FCAP)
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.

The Gender and Family Project (GFP) and the Foster Care and Adoption Project (FCAP) are programs within the Ackerman Institute. For over 10 years, GFP has offered a variety of programs and services aimed to build community, decrease isolation, and foster hope and resiliency for transgender and gender expansive young people, their families and their communities. FCAP integrates ideas from family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma studies to develop a model of working with families and agency workers who are impacted by or who interact with families involved with foster care and adoption.

GFP and FCAP are working in collaboration to provide family therapy to gender expansive foster youth and their families through a special grant with the Administration for Children’s Services of NYC.

Position Summary:

This 12-month special project is seeking a part-time Clinic Therapist to provide short-term family therapy to 4-6 trans* or gender expansive adolescents per week who are currently residing in Foster Care/Congregate Care. The therapist will support youth in repairing and/or strengthening relationships with safe, affirming family members.

90 minute bi-monthly group supervision with a team from GFP/FCAP will provide collaborative, generative support to explore clinical dilemmas and best practices of care

Essential Job Functions:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Maintain up-to-date, timely, electronic chart records including treatment plans and session notes.
  • Bi-monthly clinical supervision on 2nd and 4rd Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (ET)
  • Record clinical service statistics on a monthly basis.
  • Work closely with AIF Clinical Director to ensure AIF clinic procedures are being followed.
  • Maintain 4-6 client sessions weekly.
  • 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.


  • Graduate degree and proper licensure including LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT
  • A letter of recommendation from your current or most recent supervisor.
  • Experience with relational and systemic modalities of family therapy required.
  • Competency / experience counseling trans and gender expansive individuals strongly preferred.
  • 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 8-12 hours per week.
  • This position is currently remote due to Covid-19. When the Institute re-opens (TBD), this position will be based out of The Ackerman Institute’s New York, NY location.
  • This 12-month contract will be from May 1, 2022 – May 1, 2023 and will be under review for renewal on an annual basis.


  • $50 per hour per session.
  • Collateral and administrative duties (e.g., outreach to families, seeking referrals, etc.) will be paid on an hourly basis.

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 Research & Special Programs Coordinator, Nat Roberts at:, Subject: “Clinic Therapist (GFP/FCAP) for ACS Grant”. Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.