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Mental Health Therapist (Reception Center)

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Job Summary: The Reception Center Mental Health Therapist is responsible for providing and/or overseeing appropriate mental health screenings and assessments for infants, toddlers and children (ages 0-12) at the Reception Center. They will provide short term intervention aimed to reduce the development of trauma symptoms in infants, toddlers and children during the peri-traumatic period post removal from family of origin. In addition the clinician will work closely with the Program Director and the Program Manager to develop and maintain a trauma informed therapeutic milieu, including trainings for other center staff and ongoing trauma-informed program consultation.  Individual, group, and family sessions will be provided as necessary, utilizing short term trauma informed practices. The clinician will participate as a member of the multi-disciplinary team responsible for making recommendations regarding a child’s placement, reunification or visitation plans. The clinician will provide a link between the team and other mental health providers in preparing for the child’s transition from the Reception Center.  

Location: 3030 Bruner Ave Bronx NY

Essential Functions

  • Provides mental health services to infants, toddlers and children (ages 0-12) and their families.
  • Completes, oversees and/or coordinates mental health screenings, assessments and treatment.
  • Supervision from licensed psychologist trained in trauma-specific approaches such as ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency), SMART (Sensorimotor Arousal Regulation Treatment), EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
  • Assures coordination of mental health recommendations during the child’s stay at the Reception Center and during their transition to other placements
  • Works with Program Director and Manager to develop and maintain a trauma informed care milieu, using aspects of trauma-informed program models such as Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC). 
  • Provides appropriate formal and informal training for children, families and Reception Center Staff.
  • Models and promotes dependable, responsible, professional and accountable behavior including positive program norms, enthusiasm, and teamwork primacy
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • LP, LMSW, LCSW, or LMHC required
  • Experience in Child Welfare or other relevant mental health system.
  • Experience with young children preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to climb stairs and conduct visits to facilities, homes and community based on partners

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. 

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