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Family Therapist

The Baby Fold

Job description

The Baby Fold is a leader in trauma-informed practices, employing the most effective treatment plans in every facet of our work. We focus on the physical and emotional safety of our families first, build on their strengths, and then guide them with skill and compassion to be their best selves. Our expert staff create a personal plan for each family to address their current situation and lead them to independent success in the future.

Families participate in our Adoption Support and Preservation Program on a voluntary basis. As a Family Therapist, you would provide supportive services for adoptive children and their families to help them stabilize their homes. Services are offered to families formed through DCFS adoption, subsidized guardianship; private domestic adoptions, foreign adoption or out of state adoption.

Now accepting applications for Family Therapist opportunities in our Normal and Urbana, IL locations.

Benefits for a full-time therapist would include medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, 403B retirement matching plan, unique opportunities for high levels of professional training, meaningful work, collaborative team culture, discounted health club memberships, paid vacation, sick and personal time, and paid agency holidays.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full time = 37.5 hours/week, includes evening and weekend hours and other hours as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  Part time = under 30 hours/week.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:  The Family Therapist is responsible for assessing and providing voluntary services to Central Illinois families formed through adoption and subsidized guardianship. Services include in-home assessments, crisis and other therapeutic interventions, education, training, support groups, respite, advocacy and referrals to community services.


Assessment: Conducts Mental Health Assessments that are compliant with both Medicaid Rule 132 procedures and COA.

Service/Treatment Planning: With the input of client families, plans services and treatments that will strengthen and support the families and focus child(ren). All Individualized Treatment Plans must be Medicaid Rule 132 and COA compliant.

Mentoring, Advocating, Supporting, and Educating: In accordance with the service goals, provides mentoring, advocacy, support, and education that will protect children, preserve families and enhance the mental health of children and families alike.

Therapeutic Interventions: Provides appropriate therapeutic interventions that will support the focus child(ren) and their families to enhance their overall level of functioning. Assumes responsibility for on-call duties as assigned.

Record keeping: Documentation must meet agency, Medicaid Rule 132 and COA requirements for timeliness, completeness and accuracy.

Community Relations: Represents the agency in a positive light to active and potential clients, referral and funding sources, and the general public. Utilizes community contacts to advocate for clients and to promote child and family well-being.

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: Complies with all pertinent state and federal laws, DCFS Rules and Procedures, Medicaid Rule 132 requirements, COA standards, HIPAA privacy law and Code of Ethics for Child Welfare Professionals.

Professional Development: Enhances professional competence through ongoing awareness of developments in the field of post adoption. Must become trained in EMDR and Theraplay within the first 16 months of employment. Will participate in all mandatory DCFS trainings. Assists with the training, supervision and evaluation of student interns and new staff, as assigned.

Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through active participation in Quality Improvement/ Utilization Review activities.  


  1. Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field required.
  2. Three years of post-graduate work as a therapist preferred.
  3. Willingness to work evening and weekend hours when necessary to meet the needs of the agency and children and families that we serve.
  4. Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) as defined in Medicaid Rule 132 preferred. At a minimum, must meet the definition of a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and must be supervised by a licensed employee.
  5. LCPC strongly preferred. Must be eligible for and working toward licensure.
  6. Knowledge of and skills necessary to apply the principles of child welfare and mental health treatment to specific cases.
  7. Experience in providing Medicaid Mental Health services preferred.
  8. Experience in providing trauma treatment preferred
  9. Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
  10. Must pass drug screen and necessary background checks.
  11. Must travel for job responsibilities, including long distance driving, the ability to enter the homes of families in the service area, a valid driver’s license that has not been revoked or suspended within the past three years, and use of a personal vehicle with adequate insurance.


NEW *** Attachment and Trauma Fellowship and Certification Program

The Baby Fold has a long history of excellence and is a well-respected leader in the area of attachment and trauma training. With the goal of helping individuals and providers offer the highest possible level of care to children and families, The Baby Fold has created an Attachment and Trauma Fellowship and Certification Program.

Earning this prestigious credential attracts top talent from across the country allowing masters-level therapists to share their expertise throughout the nation and improve our world.

Applicants must apply, be accepted into the program, and be employed at The Baby Fold to earn their credential while working with our expert staff over a three-year period.

This three-year fellowship program allows therapists to achieve Certification in Attachment and Trauma Therapy through a structured educational experience with the support of a team of seasoned attachment and trauma professionals.  This training program was formulated from the existing training program of the Adoption Support and Preservation Program (ASAP) of The Baby Fold.  The training, supervision, licensure, and certification expectations create a fellowship that is state-of-the-art, comprehensive, and will be valued by outside entities such as other child welfare and mental health agencies, hospitals, and universities.  View eligibility and training details at!

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