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The Need for Clinical Social Workers and Therapists in Kentucky Is High | Join Our Team and Change the Lives of Children and Families!

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In Kentucky, the need for clinical social workers and therapists is very high, especially in the field of behavioral healthcare and child welfare services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% growth for child and family social workers through 2030, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in employment opportunities compared to all other occupations. This is great news for graduate-level students who are excited to begin working in the field upon graduating! Since demand is increasing, it’s likely that compensation for qualified applicants will become more competitive.

Having a Master of Social Work, or a related field like Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, opens the door to many types of jobs. Here are three highly rewarding jobs you can do with a MSW degree.

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In-Home Therapist

In-home therapy uses interventions designed to improve a family’s ability to overcome mental and behavioral challenges. In-home therapy varies from the traditional approach: Instead of meeting a therapist in an office, therapy is provided in the family’s home, which research has shown to be significantly more effective. In-home therapists show parents how to better regulate their emotions and determine if medication is needed in conjunction with the therapy provided. One study showed that families receiving in-home therapy had fewer medical problems, higher participation in the workforce, lower reliance on public assistance, increased use of birth control and better spacing of pregnancies.

Behavioral Health Services Clinician

Behavioral health describes someone’s mental and emotional wellbeing. People who face challenges with their behavioral health may be experiencing depression, anxiety or substance abuse. A behavioral health services clinician plays an integral role in providing quality behavioral healthcare for clients, including psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, and evidence-based treatment. KVC Kentucky’s behavioral health clinicians provide services where the client needs them most, whether in the client’s home, school, or at a location in their community. A behavioral health clinician implements evidence-based practices including EMDR, DBT, and TFCBT, teaching and modeling positive behaviors and coping skills, providing crisis intervention services, and more.

Clinical Specialist

KVC Kentucky’s clinical specialists provide comprehensive family-based assessments and evidence-based treatment to children and families involved in the child welfare system. Clinical specialists work collaboratively with the family and referring DCBS worker to provide services that will increase the safety, permanency, and wellbeing of the children and family. Additional duties can include collaborating with a wraparound team in order to achieve the best outcome for clients. This can entail interacting with other treatment providers in the community to develop and implement treatment recommendations.

Join Our Team!

KVC is looking for energetic, positive, and caring professionals to join our team. If you are looking for a rewarding career and compassionate work environment, KVC is the right place for you! We are currently recruiting Counselors/Therapists throughout Kentucky (Master’s in Social Work or other licensable degree required).


KVC is a great place to work! A national survey shows that KVC team members are significantly more engaged and satisfied than the average worker due to KVC’s inspiring mission, tremendous flexibility, inclusive culture, and robust compensation and benefits. At KVC, you’ll belong to a close-knit team and feel the deep sense of meaning that comes from providing life-changing help to children and families. You’ll also enjoy great medical and dental insurance, a retirement savings match, paid time off, parental leave, wellness support, and professional growth. Join a values-driven team that is passionate about transforming people’s experience of child welfare and mental health services.

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Find Out What Others Are Saying About Working at KVC!

“I can’t think of a much more rewarding job than being a clinician for KVC. The families we work with deserve a second chance and that’s what KVC provides. These families have been through too much, and they don’t always have people rooting for them. It warms my heart to know that as a clinician I’m able to offer them the support they need to heal and to have hope for a better future.” – Abby Boente, Clinical Social Worker

“I love doing clinical work at KVC because it inspires children and families to make positive changes. I love seeing families learning to live and thrive again.” – Jerry Grugin, Clinical Social Worker

“I love working with KVC as a clinical specialist because they support you in reaching your professional goals. KVC also provides rewarding work with clients and families in different aspects of their lives. I love that my job is never boring and I am able to enhance the lives of each client. “ – Shelly Harrod, Clinical Social Worker

“I look forward to continuing my clinical career with KVC because of the care and support they provide to each and every staff member. KVC gives priority to staff self-care and professional development. That support makes it possible for us to do our best work and to help our clients be their best selves.” – Kelsey Patchman, seasoned family care coordinator who’s graduating with her MSW and staying to pursue a clinical position  

Who We Are

KVC Kentucky is a nonprofit organization that strengthens families, prevents child abuse and neglect, and helps both children and adults achieve mental health wellness. Each year, we help over 13,000 children and adults connect to life-changing support and hope. Our Family First Preservation and Reunification services keep children safely at home or reunify children who have been placed in foster care or other residential treatment settings. We are part of the KVC Health Systems family with over 1,500 team members across five states.

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