Deaf Services Clinical Consultant for Secret Garden and Freedom House

Barrier Free Living, Inc. (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities and New Yorkers who are D/deaf live independently in the community and provides a broad range of residential (Freedom House) and non-residential (The Secret Garden) services to domestic violence survivors with disabilities and survivors who are D/deaf.

The Deaf Services Initiative (DSI) is a collaboration between the Secret Garden and Freedom House programs.  The goal of the initiative is to improve access to D/deaf-focused services, including culturally and linguistically appropriate counseling, case management, support groups, and occupational therapy.  BFL is also conducting community outreach and education to increase D/deaf survivors’ access to domestic violence services.

Secret Garden offers case management, safety planning, occupational therapy, short- and long-term individual counseling, advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems, and referrals to outside services.  These services are provided at Secret Garden’s Manhattan-based office, as well as at New York City-sponsored Family Justice Centers located in each of the five boroughs.   Freedom House is BFL’s emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors, including women, children and men, with or without disabilities. Its service programs include individual counseling for adults and children, support groups, safety planning, case management, housing assistance, occupational therapy, financial clinic services, onsite childcare, and advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems.

BFL seeks a qualified candidate to enhance its services for the D/deaf by providing consulting clinical supervision to program staff who are D/deaf at Secret Garden and Freedom House.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Psychology
  • Must be licensed and maintain licensure (Ex: LMHC, LCSW, PsyD, Ph.D.)
  • Supervisory experience required particularly with D/deaf professionals
  • Experience in the field of domestic violence against persons living with disabilities and persons who are D/deaf
  • D/deaf or Hard of Hearing person preferred
  • Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and written English required
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills required
  • If out of state or New York City, position available to qualified candidate working remotely


  • Provide weekly clinical consultation to staff who are D/deaf/hard of hearing (approximately two hours per week).  Staff includes a social worker, case manager, and coordinator of outreach and advocacy.
  • Meet with staff supervisors monthly (approximately one hour per month).
  • Clinical consultation will include supervision of therapeutic and supportive counseling interventions and referral suggestions for increased consumer support.
  • Provide feedback regarding effectiveness of the Deaf Services Initiative and recommend improvements to existing programs and policies.

Funder: 3-year grant-funded position through a Criminal Justice Investment Initiative award provided by the Office of the New York County District Attorney.

Start date: ASAP

Hourly Rate: 100 -$150 per hour based on experience

Hours per week: 2-3 hours

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