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Licensed Therapist (Washington, DC)

Joseph’s House seeks a compassionate and skilled therapist to join our growing behavioral health team for a one-year contract. Over the last 30 years, Joseph’s House has served as a welcoming community for men, women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness who are living with HIV or terminal cancer. The therapist will provide individual and group therapy for our current and former residents, while assisting with the design of behavioral health programming and care coordination initiatives. 


Under the supervision of our Program Director and Social Work Director, the therapist’s specific responsibilities are:

  • Establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with all clients of Joseph’s House, including current and former residents of Joseph’s House, and our other permanent supportive housing clients; develop initial and ongoing therapeutic treatment plans for each client. 

  • Utilize outreach and innovative formatting to initiate and provide ongoing individual therapy to clients, including many clients who have not participated in individual therapy before and express reluctance in the format.

  • Integrate trauma-informed care principles and other relevant, evidenced-based therapeutic modalities into the clinical setting as appropriate.

  • In addition to individual therapy, develop and implement small group therapy offerings for clients based on client- and staff-identified needs and interests, as the workload permits. Design additional behavioral health programming as needed.

  • Collaborate with other staff on our interdisciplinary care management team; share relevant clinical information on the mental and behavioral health needs of clients with the care team and with direct care staff during weekly staff meetings.

  • Offer education and insight to staff around issues of mental health, substance use, and trauma; engage all staff members to contribute to the mental wellbeing of each client. 

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to exquisite care and improving client outcomes; evidences a clear understanding of confidentiality, ethical standards, and setting healthy boundaries with clients.

  • As the need arises, offer crisis intervention support to clients and the direct care staff providing their care. 


  • A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related human services field

  • Licensed as LICSW, LCSW, LCSW-C and LPC or LCPC

  • Minimum two years experience

  • Experience providing therapeutic services to vulnerable, underserved populations, particularly to individuals experiencing homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or those with a history of mental illness and/or substance use

  • Must possess an ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in a multicultural community, and a desire to bring one’s whole self to the service of our community

Joseph’s House is dedicated to eliminating racial inequities and we seek to create a diverse workforce that shares in this commitment to justice. Our organization is also grounded in the traditions of contemplative care, so applicants must have a desire to use mindfulness and awareness to deepen their compassion and understanding. To apply, please submit your resume along with a cover letter that details your interest in our mission and practices to Liz Fehrenbach, RN, at

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