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Children's Home Society of Florida Play Therapist (Palm Beach County) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Since opening our doors in 1902, CHS became a part of Florida's history.

CHS has been committed to growing and evolving to provide the right services and solutions to address the needs of children and families throughout the changing times. Every day, our team works with parents and kids to empower them and encourage them. With innovative technology solutions and a dedicated, experienced team throughout the state, we’re changing the face of foster care and positively impacting children and families’ lives for generations to come.

Join our team to continue to do good and create history serving Florida's children and families!

The Play Therapist assesses and/or identifies client and family needs; plans, coordinates, provides, and evaluates necessary services and treatments; and assists and counsels individuals and families by delineating alternatives, helping to articulate goals, and providing needed information and treatment services. Overall, the Play Therapist contributes to the CHS high performance culture by exhibiting our values and providing quality results that position CHS as the leader in delivering proactive behavioral health, case management, community and early childhood solutions for children and families.


  • Uplifting mission-driven work culture

  • Make an impact in your community and become a part of Florida's history!

  • Growth and professional development opportunities

  • Great benefits package, including generous paid time off and holidays

  • Opportunity to make a positive difference in children and families within your own community!

Primary Job Functions

  1. All Programs:
  • Develop and maintain clinical records and program documentation according to contract and CHS standards (assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, termination summaries, etc.).

  • Generate and maintain necessary reports and paperwork in a timely manner (i.e., Quality Assurance and program reports).

  • Participate in treatment and/or multidisciplinary teams, including but not limited to one of the following: TBOS, Outpatient or BHOS (only provided in Residential settings) treatment team meetings, as required by the program.

  • Provide crisis-counseling services to families.

  • Make collateral contacts to assess client progress and functioning.

  • Provide on-call support as required or scheduled.

  1. Contribute to a positive, engaging work environment.
  • Develop a strong knowledge base and stay current on job-related issues and trends.

  • Participate actively in departmental meetings, training and education, as well as the quality process.

  • Comply with CHS’s code of conduct, policies, procedures and other obligations.

  • Assist with training other team members and providing back up when necessary.

  • Pick up projects on the fly; perform other duties as assigned from time to time.

  • Demonstrate the CHS Common Bond values in the performance of all job duties.

Job Qualifications

Education, Licenses & Certifications:

  • Master’s degree in Human Services or related field, required.

  • Certification in Play Therapy, required.


  • Two years of post-Bachelor degree experience working with at-risk children and families, required.

  • For Behavioral Health Services programs: Two years of professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral health disorders OR professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral health disorders and the ability to be supervised by a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA), required.

  • One year of post Masters' experience, preferred.

  • Three years of experience dealing with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents, preferred.


Knowledge of:


Skills and Proficiency in:

  • Planning, organization and time management, oral & written communication

  • Interpersonal Relationship Building, Collaboration, Teaming

  • Computer systems and MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook

Ability to:

  • Perform at a high level of autonomy, with general supervision.

  • Perform under strong demands in fast-paced, diverse, sometimes ambiguous environments.

  • Handle stressful, sensitive situations; preserve confidentiality and professional boundaries.

  • Meet critical deadlines, while maintaining attention to detail, accuracy and quality.

  • Solve practical problems and document results using sound judgment.

  • Demonstrate the behaviors of our CHS Common Bond Values.

  • Interact effectively with children/families from diverse backgrounds

  • Set appropriate limits and boundaries with clients; act decisively to protect clients, when necessary

  • Assess and apply proper intervention strategies

  • Identify and understand environmental stressors

  • Recognize importance of social, economic, environmental factors in the development and resolution of personal/family problems

  • Be sensitive to service population’s cultural/socioeconomic characteristics

Schedule Expectations

The incumbent will work a standard scheduled week, which may include weekends, holidays and evenings. The ability to work flexible hours is required to meet business needs. If working remotely, incumbent will be required to be available by telephone and email during specified hours. Travel will be on an as-needed basis to conduct business-related activities. In the event of a declared disaster or emergency, this Business Operations Continuity position will be required to carry out assigned duties to provide CHS with the capability and capacity to operate its business functions.

ID: 2022-6210

Travel Range: Countywide

External Company Name: Childrens Home Society of Florida

Street: Palm Beach and Broward Counties