The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT) is an innovative substance abuse and mental health treatment program for juvenile justice and child welfare involved adolescents and their families that was created by Vera and is now in its 12th year of operation. The program addresses substance abuse and mental health problems using a family-centered, strengths-based approach to treatment, combining elements of cognitive-behavioral and family therapy. APT works closely with the multiple government systems involved with adolescents in order to ensure continuity of care. The goal is to empower families in making transitions across levels of service, or away from systemic intervention altogether.
APT currently seeks a Therapist to conduct home-based sessions with families of youth involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, who are identified as needing drug and mental health treatment.
Therapists conduct intensive family and individual therapy sessions, focused on substance use and family functioning. In some cases sessions will be conducted in Spanish, as per the family’s needs. These sessions take place in detention and in the community, not in the APT office. Therapists employ a treatment model developed at APT, based on research and best practices. This model emphasizes the family and youth's active role in treatment, building on their abilities and goals, in order to keep youth in the community, in school, and free from drug dependence. They also provide crisis intervention and intensive case management, including formulating treatment plans and routinely maintaining and entering detailed case notes into a database for case management and research purposes. Therapists also collaborate with various agencies regarding service delivery to individual participants and advocate for families facing service delivery problems with schools, foster care and the courts. Therapists receive close supervision and training in family work. Therapists must be flexible and resourceful.
• Masters in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field;
• An interest in, and commitment to, family therapy is necessary;
• Experience working in an urban setting providing substance abuse, health, mental health or counseling services to families and adolescents preferred;
• Fluency in Spanish highly preferred, as is the ability to work with a culturally diverse population;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Frequent travel in and around the greater New York City area required; and
• Position contingent upon clearance by the NY Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and criminal history background checks.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online. PDF format is preferred.
Electronic submission through Vera’s online application system is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / APT Therapist recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax). Please do not email your resume directly to a staff member. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
For more information about Vera and Adolescent Portable Therapy, please visit www.vera.org