Child and Adolescent Therapist
Job Type

Be part of a diverse and dynamic team delivering quality services to/for child victims with equity, respect, and care!  

At Safe Shores, our work is all about PEOPLE. Therefore, we center people in our programming, services, policies, practices, and operations. Which people? The children and families we serve AND the people who do the work, our staff. How? For our trauma-impacted clients, by honoring the humanity of every individual, delivering high-quality services tailored to their specific needs, which includes giving them the time and attention they need. For our staff, by listening, offering excellent benefits, paying competitive salaries, providing remote work flexibility (depending on the position), investing in professional development, pursuing JEDI, encouraging and facilitating self-care and wellness, prioritizing progress over perfection, and building a team of smart, dedicated pros who know that Safe Shores’ mission is best accomplished when we show up as our whole selves, support one another, and experience joy. Joy working with young victims of crime? Absolutely, yes! Mining joy is essential to offering hope, helping clients heal, and individual/organizational sustainability. 


To start, we recognize that co-workers impact the job experience. Safe Shores is intentional about assembling and supporting a team of individuals who are not just able, resourceful professionals, but just as importantly, people who are respectful, responsible, honest, and kind and who embrace Safe Shores’ mission and values wholeheartedly, with a focus on racial equity, kindness, belonging, trustworthiness, integrity, and taking care to give care. 

That said, our robust benefits for newly hired employees include: 

  • Birthday Comp Day (Your birthday is a holiday for you!)
  • Your Own Annual Professional Development Fund
  • 13 days of paid vacation leave 
  • 13 days of paid sick leave 
  • 13 days of paid holidays 
  • Paid personal leave 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • At least 75% employer-paid medical (PPO with lots of provider options), dental and vision insurance 
  • Dedicated Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Employee appreciation and wellness events 
  • Short- and long-term disability insurances 
  • Life insurance 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan (Employer contribution after 1 year of service)
  • Essential oils and diffusers for employee workspaces

Other benefits as applicable are as follows:

  • For clinical professionals, Safe Shores provides clinical supervision that may be counted toward licensure as a benefit for the clinical positions.
  • For clinical professionals, Safe Shores cover the cost of licensure fees in the District of Columbia. 
  • For employees with a tenure of five+ consecutive years, Safe Shores offers paid sabbatical leave.

We are currently searching for a Child Adolescent Therapist. This is a full-time exempt position, with a salary range of $55,000 to $70,000.


  • Safe Shores is currently working in a hybrid work environment.
  • Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. 
  • Fully vaccinated means COVID-19 vaccination and any related booster vaccination(s) is required.

Reasonable accommodation may be available to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential job duties. The following is a summary of and not an all-inclusive list of the essential job duties. 


Provides (without charge to client or encumbrance of insurance) therapeutic services to help children and caregivers cope with and recover from experiences of child sexual or physical abuse or exposure to other violent crimes. This is currently a 75% in-person, direct service position and may require occasional evening (until 8pm) work hours. The incumbent is required to participate in the on-call rotation for after-hours and weekend advocacy/clinical crisis intervention services. This position requires mandatory reporting for child abuse and neglect under the District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Conduct psycho-social assessments with children, adolescents, and parents to identify strengths, needs, and appropriate interventions
  • Conduct individual therapeutic sessions with children and adolescents; develop case goals and document progress
  • Maintain and assure quality and confidentiality of electronic and paper files and statistical tracking
  • Participate in weekly individual supervision 
  • Provide non-offending family members with clinical consultation, parent education, and therapeutic referrals
  • Facilitate support/psychoeducation/treatment groups as needed
  • Respond to crisis situations with clients
  • Participate in staff meetings, ongoing training and professional development activities including individual supervision and peer review
  • Share appropriate information with Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) partners; collaborate with team members in planning care for children/adolescents and arrange services
  • Consult with members of the MDT as requested or as deemed necessary
  • Participate in MDT and organization-wide planning efforts


There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position. 



Education and Experience 

Master’s degree (from an accredited institution) in psychology, social work, or related field; At least one (1) year professional experience and current professional health licensure in the District of Columbia. Academic or post-graduate training in trauma-focused interventions. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to a variety of individuals and groups. Ability to communicate effectively with children and adolescents, ranging in age from 3 to 17 years of age, as well as with their adult caregivers. 

Demonstrated knowledge with different theoretical and intervention models including developmental theories, attachment theories, crisis intervention theories, the dynamics of intra-and extra-familial child abuse, and the DSM-V. 

Superb interpersonal skills; high level of cultural competence. Ability to work independently and as a contributing team member. Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications 

Academic or post-graduate training specifically in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Experience working in a Children’s Advocacy Center setting. Knowledge of investigative, social services and legal system in the District of Columbia. Familiarity with and a disposition toward the multi-disciplinary team approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Computer/Technology Skills 

High level of comfort with technology and proficiency with MS Office applications and the internet.

Physical Demands 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch or feel a computer, keyboard, monitor, telephone, Smart Phone, and talk or hear when interacting with employees. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may regularly lift and /or move 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. No or very limited exposure to physical risk. 

Candidates must submit all the following information to be considered for the position:

1. Resume

2. Cover letter indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences will benefit Safe Shores

Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center conducts pre-employment background checks on all selected candidates.  If you are a finalist, we will investigate your background, employment history, references, and any related employment matters to determine your suitability of employment. 

 By submitting this application, you understand the above statement and authorize all persons and entities contacted by Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center to provide any relevant information regarding your current or previous employment and you release all persons and entities contacted by Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, of all claims for providing such information.


Safe Shores is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.