Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
Job Title: Mental Health Therapist (Hard To Place Group Home)
Department: Health Services/Adolescent Residential Care
Reporting to: Mental Health Administrator Adolescent Residential Care
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 12,000 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 HTP Group Home therapist is responsible for assuring the continuing delivery of relevant quality mental health services to youth in the Group Home program. Individual, group, and family therapy services will be provided according to best clinical practice, as well as informed by the Think Trauma Model. The HTP Group Home therapist provides a link between the program team and outside support mental health services such as psychiatry, creative arts therapy and substance abuse treatment services, and assures accurate and appropriate flow of information. The HTP Group Home therapist participates in weekly Treatment Team meetings and service plan reviews.
• Provides therapy services for youth, families and resources in accordance with best clinical practice; lobbies energetically for the appropriate services for the youth both in individual and group capacities
• Assures coordination and effective transmission of information between psychiatric, creative arts, substance abuse treatment providers and the program team
• Assures timely delivery of all assessments and reports including initial assessments, psychosocial, treatment plans, and clinical progress notes
• Assures the timely entry of all relevant data into the electronic health record, CONNECTIONS and other agency data collection systems
• Participates in each program’s Treatment Team meetings and service plan reviews
• Ensures efficacious treatment planning and service coordination in collaboration with internal and external resources • Receives and reviews planned placement referrals and where necessary makes specialist referrals • Develops creative strategies for involving family members and resources in the service planning process • Assists youth and Child Care Workers with crisis intervention and resolution including the development of Safety Plans
• Instrumental in providing formal and informal training for youth, families and Child Care Workers • Represents ARC HTP Group Home mental health services at internal management meetings and appropriate external meetings
• Supports the ideology and practice of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention system and Think Trauma principles • Models and promotes dependable, responsible, professional and accountable behavior including positive program norms, enthusiasm, and teamwork primacy
• Availability 24/7 for emergency contact
• Other duties as assigned
• LMHC, LCSW, LCAT, LMFT, or LMSW required
• Familiarity with Trauma Informed practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy • 2+ Years experience in Child Welfare or other relevant youth serving system
• Experience working with youth and families in the residential setting preferred
• Must be able to climb stairs and conduct visits to facilities and community based partners
• Knowledge of CONNECTIONS and Microsoft Office Suite
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. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.