Caregiver Therapist

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.


  • 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. 

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


The Caregiver Therapist provides therapeutic services to non-offending caregivers who have experienced personal trauma and are looking for more intensive support. The incumbent is required to participate in the on-call rotation for after hours and weekend 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 (other duties may be assigned)

  • Conduct psycho-social assessments with non-offending caregivers to identify strengths, needs, and appropriate interventions.
  • Conduct therapeutic sessions with non-offending caregivers; develop case goals and document progress.
  • Maintain and assure quality and confidentiality of electronic and paper files and statistical tracking.
  • Participate in individual clinical supervision, case review, program peer review, and in-service training.
  • Develop and facilitate caregiver support group sessions and treatment groups.
  • Respond in a timely and appropriate manner to assess and de-escalate crisis situations with clients.
  • Participate in ongoing training and professional development activities.
  • Consult with members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) as requested or as deemed necessary.
  • Participate in Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) organization-wide planning efforts and events. 


There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position.



  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or related field
  • Minimum two (2) years professional experience.
  • Graduate or clinical licensure in the District of Columbia as a LGSW, LGPC, LICSW, LPC or LMFT; will consider candidates that can be licensed in the District of Columbia within 30-60 days.
  • 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 non-offending caregivers who have experienced trauma. 
  • Familiarity with and a disposition toward the multi-disciplinary team approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.


  • Academic or post-graduate training in evidenced based/informed trauma-focused therapeutic modalities. 
  • Experience working in a Children’s Advocacy Center setting. 
  • Knowledge of investigative, social services and legal system in the District of Columbia.
  • Oral and written Spanish fluency.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of different theoretical and intervention models including family systems, 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. Superior organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently and as a contributing team member. Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check.


Must be PC proficient and able to thrive in a fast-paced setting. Must have strong experience with computer technology and equipment and Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

Please go to for a detailed job description.

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

  1. Resume
  2. Personal statement indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences will benefit Safe Shores
  3. *Proof of Licensure in the District of Columbia or statement regarding license eligibility

*Please upload these files under "Upload Additional Files" within the application.

Please click the link below to apply for the Caregiver Therapist position. 


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 for 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.

EEO STATEMENT 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.  

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