Posting: Therapist/Counselor - Hands Across The Water, Ann Arbor MI

January 24, 2023


Job Type:

Full-time, Part-time

Ann Arbor, MI


$45,070 - $50,805 per year

Hands Across The Water is committed to making proactive efforts to recruit and retain personnel who reflect the diverse identities and experiences of the communities and families we serve. We strongly encourage the following groups to apply: people of color, individuals who have experienced poverty or economic hardship, people who identify as LGBTQ and those with lived experience in the foster care system or adoption triad.

Hands Across The Water does not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or a matter directly or indirectly related to employment, because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political beliefs or mental or physical disability.

Hands Across The Water is a licensed, non-profit child placing agency.  


Are you a licensed mental health professional looking for an opportunity to impact the lives of children and families without the hassle of billing, finding a space to rent, etc.  Are you interested in getting paid to earn an evidence-based credential in TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention)?  This position also offers full benefits, including paid time off, health/vision, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, EAP and a 403(b).

Do you want to join a dynamic, fast-paced, inclusive and supportive workplace focused on high quality services to children and families in our community.

The Therapist/Counselor handles intakes of new agency clients (both children and adults), conducts biopsychosocial assessments, formulates treatment plans in collaboration with clients, maintains a regular counseling client case load, and manages accompanying client file and billing documentation for submission to agency accounting department.

The Therapist/Counselor may collaborate with agency and community service providers to ensure that client needs are met, including providing observations and recommendations to the court when applicable.

The Therapist/Counselor will conduct services in office, through telehealth and in client homes as determined by client need.

This position requires some travel and the availability to perform duties during non-traditional hours such as evenings, depending on case needs.


The Therapist/Counselor must hold a master’s degree from an accredited program of social work, counseling, marriage and family counseling, clinical psychology or closely related field.

Candidate must possess a clinical license in good standing in the State of Michigan. Candidate must have experience in child welfare services and a minimum of one year of clinical experience working with children.

Appropriate candidate for this position must have the ability to work well with the agency’s client population, which is primarily children and families.

Candidate must have the ability to be an active listener with good clinical observation and assessment skills, good communication skills and empathy, the ability to be flexible and able to handle change, be able to work independently, and maintain case responsibility and follow-through.

Knowledge of the effects of trauma and issues common for youth who have experienced foster care and/or adoption is required.

Solid clinical knowledge focusing on cognitive, emotional and behavioral solutions is necessary.

Appropriate candidate must be able to understand and follow the agency’s Vision and Mission statements.

Candidate may not have been convicted of child abuse or neglect, a felony involving harm or threatened harm to an individual within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of hire, or be listed on the central registry as a perpetrator of child abuse or child neglect.

The Behavioral Health Specialist shall possess a valid Driver’s License, positive driving record and proof of automobile insurance. 

COVID-19 vaccination and booster is mandatory.

Please submit resume WITH cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position to 

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