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Mental Health Therapist (Hard To Place Group Home)

Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services 

Job Description 

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.  

Essential Functions 

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 


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.

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