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Jobs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc.

Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor

Location: Bronx and Queens, NY

Department: Adolescent Residential Care

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Organization Overview

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.

Job Summary

The Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor will assess each youth entering NSP for substance abuse within 30 days of intake, develop individual treatment plans, provide crisis consultations, provide individual and group treatment where needed, maintain client case records, document according to all funding source requirements, attend treatment team meetings, conduct staff trainings on substance abuse topics and perform other additional tasks as delegated by supervisor.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assess each youth for substance abuse within 30 days of entry into NSP.
  • Arrange and monitor provision of substance abuse treatment to youth where indicated.
  • Engage youth in the treatment plan process, utilizing youth’s input into the treatment plan and finalizing the plan with the youth.
  • Attend treatment team meetings for youth and actively participate in coordinating the youths’ treatment and planning for discharge.
  • Provide individual and group treatment for NSP youth as indicated.
  • Work with aftercare team to ensure that substance abuse issues are addressed while youth is on aftercare.
  • Conduct home visits in which youth’s progress with the treatment plan is assessed in the home environment.
  • Document youth’s progress and clinical intervention in the case record in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate treatment services with collateral agencies.
  • Perform crisis intervention and problem resolution for youth in need.

Qualifications and Skills

  • CASAC, BA or MSW or Masters in a related field required
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Experience working with systems-involved youth
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Knowledge of community resources and of family dynamics
  • Computer literate

Benefits and Perks

Health care (medical, dental, and vision), paid time off, paid holidays, retirement savings plans and pension plan, tuition reimbursement, pretax commuter benefits, and more.


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services 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.



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