Child and Family Therapist

FREDERICK COUNTY GOVERNMENT   Frederick, MD   Full-time     Childcare
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Posted on April 15, 2021
Make a difference in a child’s life!  Become part of the CAC’s dynamic and collaborative multi-disciplinary team of professionals providing a trauma-informed approach and services that promote resiliency and healing to victims of child maltreatment.   

Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week; Monday – Friday; 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; full benefits

This professional position provides trauma-focused mental health treatment to child maltreatment victims (ages 3 – 18) and their non-offending caregivers and family members. This position provides individual, family, and group therapeutic services, administers and interprets standardized mental health assessments, develops treatment plans, monitors client progress, and completes documentation for clinical charts.  Services are provided on-site at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC).  This position works collaboratively with Forensic Interview Specialists, Family Advocates, Medical staff, and the CAC’s partners on the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).  Supervision is received from the Child Advocacy Center Director.


  • Provide brief, trauma-focused treatment to child maltreatment victims and their non-offending caregivers/family members
  • Review medical, investigation, and other history prior to assessment of children at the CAC
  • Assess children and non-offending caregivers for symptoms of trauma and other behavioral health concerns
  • Administer, score and interpret results from evidence based assessment tools
  • Provide individual, group, or family crisis intervention
  • Engage caregiver(s)/family members as needed to support the well-being of the child client
  • Provide consultation to MDT members regarding cases as needed, to include regular attendance at bi-monthly MDT meetings
  • Consult with CAC staff to ensure applicable bio-psycho-social concerns and recommendations for intervention/treatment are communicated
  • Attend court and contribute legal testimony as required
  • Provide education to the MDT and the Frederick community regarding psychological effects of child maltreatment, ACEs, child abuse prevention, or other behavioral health topics
  • Provide developmentally appropriate psychoeducation to child and non-offending caregiver about the dynamics of child maltreatment and create safety plans as necessary
  • Develop, regularly review and update individualized treatment plans
  • Refer CAC clients with non-trauma related mental health concerns to appropriate community providers as needed to insure access to indicated treatment
  • Assess and refer CAC clients for additional supportive services
  • Perform advocacy duties in Family Advocate’s absence
  • Perform other duties as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed above, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be assigned 


The qualifications / requirements, knowledge/skills/abilities and physical demands or working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or a related field
  • Minimum 4 years of mental health case management work experience, with at least 2 years specifically providing mental health treatment to children and families 
  • Possession of current licensure as a LCSW, LGPC, LCPC or LCSW-C issued by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and Therapists or Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners

  • Ability to complete at least 8 contact hours of continuing education per year
  • Knowledge of child development, trauma based symptomology, child maltreatment dynamics, safety plans, and crisis intervention techniques
  • Ability to perform duties in a professional manner according to code of ethics and maintain professional boundaries with clients
  • Ability to relate to individuals, groups, and diverse cultural backgrounds in an empathetic, non-judgmental manner; possessing maximum insight and awareness to be confident in the role, with knowledge of personal and professional capabilities and limitations
  • Ability to effectively maintain clinical record keeping requirements, including therapy referrals, pre and post-assessments, treatment and termination documentation, organize work, determine priorities, and complete assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to demonstrate discretion and good judgment in handling confidential matters and sensitive information
  • Ability to effectively access and utilize automated information systems and other computerized programs
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills to include spoken and written (English) communication skills, including the ability to give clear testimony in Court

  • Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish
  • Licensed clinicians certification such as LCPC, LCSW-C or other closely related
  • Experience using trauma-informed treatment interventions with children
  • Certification in evidence based trauma-focused therapeutic modality

  • While working in this position, the employee is required to constantly sit; occasionally reach and perform repetitive motions; and rarely stoop, lift up to 20 pounds, push and pull up to 40 pounds and drive
  • While working in this position, the employee is required to constantly work indoors; occasionally work in a noisy environment with potential exposure to infectious diseases; and rarely works outdoors and works in hot temperatures above 100 degrees


  • Availability by phone, and for varied work hours as needed, including some evenings and weekends, as needed for emergency situations
  • Required licensure must be maintained throughout employment
  • Ability to provide own transportation for all work assignments
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • The grant that funds this position will determine the duration of the position for the employee in this position
KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include):
  1. An evaluation of training and experience
  2. One or more interviews
  3. A pre-employment fingerprint supported background investigation
  4. A pre-employment Enhanced Reference Check
  5. A pre-employment drug test and physical examination

This description reflects management's assignment of essential duties; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  
When 'work experience' is stated as a requirement, this is specific reference to on-the-job experience as a paid employee. When considering part-time experience history, 2080 hours = 1 year of experience.