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Therapeutic Family Time Specialist

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.


Job Summary: The Therapeutic Family Time Specialist will work to ensure that the families served by Sheltering Arms’ Foster Care program have high-quality visits in accordance with ACS policy and best practices in child welfare.  Through trauma-informed therapeutic supervision and coaching, the Therapeutic Family Time Specialist will help parents who have problematic interactions with their children improve parenting skills and engagement.  This may include supervising visits that occur outside of regular working hours, including weekends.


Essential Functions

  • Provide therapeutic, trauma-informed supervision during visits to promote developmentally appropriate, positive parent-child interactions and enhance parent-child bonding.
  • Provide psychoeducation to the family and children to strengthen family relationships and make the visits successful, including pre-visit preparation, in-visit coaching and post-visit debriefing.
  • Work collaboratively with families to set rules and expectations for visits.
  • Record all progress notes in Connections on a weekly basis.
  • Draft and submit accurate and detailed reports regarding visits as needed.
  • Attend relevant trainings and meetings to be kept informed of current research and best practices, and work with the Assistant Director to integrate this information into agency practice.  This may include coordinating or conducting training for staff or creating materials for staff to use.
  • Perform other duties as delegated.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field; license preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in child welfare or related field; therapeutic supervised visitation experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of mental health and behavioral issues as well as family dynamics.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be able to handle emergency volatile situations that may arise in the context of family visits. 
  • Strong verbal and written skills; bilingual preferred.
  • Knowledge of Connections preferred.
  • Able to travel to the five boroughs


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms. Physical and PPD clearances required.


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