Marriage and Family Therapist

Who we are: SHELTER, Inc. is an independent, community-based non-profit organization created in 1986 to lead the effort to eliminate homelessness. We currently serve Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano Counties.

Our Mission: To prevent and end homelessness among low-income, homeless, and disadvantaged families and individuals by providing housing services, support and resources that lead to self-sufficiency.

What you will do: The Marriage and Family Therapist works as a team member with several social service professional and paraprofessional staff ensuring the delivery of quality, person centered care adhering to the mission and vision of SHELTER, Inc. The MFT will be responsible for providing clinical services and clinical case management support to new and existing clients of SHELTER, Inc.

You will:                                  

·         Provide ongoing case management services that will lead to successful permanent housing. This includes decreasing social isolation and preventing relapse risks. Also, advocacy and linkage to any needed services such as medical/dental, substance abuse, life skills training, self-help, money management, meaningful community activities etc.

Implement case management service plan goals, emphasizing coordinated strategies for addressing mental health/substance abuse issues, relapse prevention, medication management and any other risk factors that could impede permanent housing and provide ongoing assessment of client progress in attaining goal plan.

Develop close working relationships with your internal team, outreach workers, case managers, and partnering agencies.

You should be able to:

·         Use a strength-based and trauma-informed approach, working collaboratively with the clients and other treatment team members (internal and external) to maximize positive outcomes.

Conduct comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessments, which, together with screening, level of care assessment, and other initial diagnostic interviews and strategies; drive treatment planning.

Develop a plan of intervention that addresses identified need for housing, on-going case management services, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and coordination of needed community services.

Utilize a harm reduction model when working with clients with chemical dependency or abuse issues.

Provide individual and group therapy.

Provide family education and counseling.

Provide drug and alcohol education and facilitate psycho-education groups and life skills development classes as needed

Ability to provide crisis management, case management, and other related substance abuse/mental health services to clients in housing placements, or other locations as appropriate.

Work with local law enforcement and interim service providers to ensure a smooth transition from street living to interim housing.

Provide ongoing information, referrals, linkages, and advocacy for all other identified needs. Creatively use and develop community resources to broker and link clients to services.

Provide a high quality customer service environment for all clients. Participate in staff meetings and training.

Document services according to SHELTER, Inc. standards and complete all necessary paperwork in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in social services or related area, with at least five years direct experience and/or a combination of education and experience that demonstrates a capacity to help people coming from crisis situations and traumatizing circumstances to develop self-sustainability.

Licensed by California as LMFT.

Experience working with low income and/or homeless populations.

Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)

Proficient typing skills

Ability and willingness to work flexible hours to accommodate participants available only during the evening or on weekends.

Experience working in diverse settings with people across all socio-economic spectrums and a wide variety of personalities and roles - staff, residents, local agencies, contractors, etc.

Access to reliable personal transportation required, including a DMV record that permits driver to be insured under SHELTER, Inc.’s automobile coverage.

Must successfully pass a criminal background check. 

Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed

It would be nice if you had:

Master’s degree with emphasis in social services, psychology or related fields

Experience working with people in low-income subsidized housing arrangements and/or supportive housing programs.

Bilingual English/Spanish.


SHELTER, Inc. Benefits:

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, AD&D, LTD, EAP, Aflac Voluntary Insurances, Flexible Spending Account, 403b Retirement Plan, 14 paid holiday (including one on or around your birthday) and 18 days of Paid Time Off to start!

To Apply:Email your cover letter and resume to


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