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Family Centered Treatment (FCT) Clinician


Gastonia, North Carolina, United States

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AFS is hiring a Family Centered Treatment Clinician (FCT) to join our team!

 **This position will work out of Gaston and surrounding counties as well as Hickory/Catawba County areas** 

The FCT Clinician, in conjunction with the youth, family, and other stakeholders, develops an individualized treatment plan.  Using established psycho-therapeutic techniques and intensive family therapy, the therapist works with the entire family, or a subset, to implement focused interventions and behavioral techniques designed to: 

  •  Enhance problem-solving
  •  Improve limit-setting
  •  Develop risk management techniques and safety plans
  •  Enhance communication
  •  Build skills to strengthen the family
  •  Advance therapeutic goals
  •  Improve ineffective patterns of interaction
  •  Identify and utilize natural supports and community resources for the youth and parent/caregiver(s) in order to promote sustainability of treatment gains
  • Strengthen the family’s capacity to improve the youth’s functioning in the home and community
  • Utilizes a highly thorough and frequent session schedule to promote change for families with intensive needs.
  • Provide a minimum of two multiple-hour sessions per week and increase this as indicated by the youth and family’s evolving needs
  • Frequently provides intensive therapy in the context of the family/home setting  to facilitate a sustainable change via immediate and on-site enactments or coaching to parents; offering support where and when suggestions are most needed
  • Providing telephone contact and consultation as part of the intervention
  • Provides 24 hours, seven days a week availability each phase of FCT to provide additional support and crisis services as indicated
  • Participates in Child and Family Team meetings
  • Receives weekly supervisions with peers/team and Supervisor (Clinical license supervision not included)
  • Performs other related duties and activities as required.
  • May be required to complete comprehensive clinical assessments and/or perform OPT, as needed


Masters Degree in a human service field and full or provisional NC License (LPC, LPC/A, LMFT, LMFT/A, LPC, LPC/A, or LPA) required.


Previous counseling and/or FCT Model experience is desirable. However, this role is a Great Opportunity to EARN while you LEARN. AFS pays for the FCT training. The requirement is  completion/ certification in the FCT competency models within twelve months of their initial hire via the official FCT certification program, Wheels of Change©.  Certification is granted through the Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCT Foundation) when staff passes and shows competence in required components.