Mental Health Therapist
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 NSP therapist will be working as a team member and coach to Youth Specialist staff, participate in Service Plan Reviews, Treatment Team meetings and interacts with the youth and Youth Specialists in the Non Secure Placement program. The NSP therapist will have regular therapeutic involvement with their assigned youth and families using established methods of the Integrative Treatment Model to engage them and will meet with the youth and parents/permanency resource for regular sessions as proposed by the Treatment Team. The NSP therapist will receive cross training on the Think Trauma model as well as having familiarity with MST-FIT model used in aftercare.
• 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, Family Team Conferences, 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 Youth Specialists with crisis intervention and resolution including the development of Safety Plans • Instrumental in providing formal and informal training for youth, families and Youth Specialists • Represents ARC NSP mental health services at internal management meetings and appropriate external meetings • Supports the ideology and practice of the Integrated Treatment Model, Think Trauma, and Safe Crisis Management 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. Limited Permit eligible candidates will also be considered. • Familiarity with Trauma Informed practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy • Familiarity with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and/or ITM a plus
• 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
Shift- M-F 10am-6pm
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.