Child Therapist/Senior Counselor (SIFJC)

STEPS to End Family Violence

STEPS To End Family Violence (STEPS) – founded in 1986 by the legendary Sister Mary Nerney – offers a variety of innovative, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive programming focused on the prevention of intimate partner violence; advocacy and healing for survivors and children impacted by abusive partner behavior; as well as training and education intended to increase awareness of the epidemic of gender-based violence; and advocacy and activist efforts designed to transform the rhetoric and institutions that sustain such violence. STEPS is a program of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families.


Position Summary:


The Senior Counselor of Children’s Services position is located at the Staten Island Family Justice Center (SIFJC). The Family Justice Centers are an initiative of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and are designed to reduce barriers to support faced by survivors of intimate partner violence, elder abuse and sex trafficking. STEPS is co-located at the SIFJC and partners with the Mayor’s Office, the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office and other community-based organizations to provide a safe and welcoming place for survivors and their children.


The Senior Counselor of the Children’s Services (SIFJC) will provide therapy for children ages 0 to 18 who have been exposed to family violence. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for social justice and anti-oppressive practice, ample experience providing intake, assessment, planning and therapeutic service implementation for children and their families experiencing abuse, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of creative and committed advocates, and demonstrated experience working with children witnesses of intimate-partner violence. The Senior Counselor position will work under the supervision of the Director of Children Services at the SIFJC.


Core Responsibilities:


  • Provide therapy and treatment planning using trauma-informed evidence-based models of intervention
  • Institute measures to protect rights of women and children and provide access to benefits and entitlements
  • Conduct individual, family and group therapy
  • Network within the community and advocate for clients
  • Manage cases to comply with legal, funding and agency standards and mandates
  • Address safety and protection needs of women and their children



  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology or a related field from an accredited graduate program, LMSW or LMHC preferred. Licensure must be obtained within 6 months of hire.
  • Required;
  • Training in Childhood Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), and/or other evidence based practice designed to support survivors of trauma;
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish
  • Understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence;
  • Keen ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds and identities;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in varied situations;
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team as well as independently;
  • Ability to work flexible hours;
  • Ability to work independently and accountably.


To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover indicating “Child Therapist SIFJC” in the subject line to Elizabeth Reices at,