Mental Health Therapist - Bilingual
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 foster care mental health therapist will be working as a member of the mental health team within the foster care division of Sheltering Arms. The MH therapist will work closely with case planning, home finding, bio-parents and foster parents to inform trauma-sensitive decision making related to child foster care placement. The therapist will provide individual, dyadic, and family therapy in addition to foster and birth parent consultation to support treatment goals. The MH therapist will work primarily in our Bronx and Harlem offices, though some home visits may be required.
- Provides therapy services for youth, families and resources in accordance with best clinical practice; lobbies energetically for the appropriate services and decision-making for youth
- 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 and other agency data collection systems
- Participates in Treatment Team meetings , Family Team Conferences, and service plan reviews
- Ensures efficacious treatment planning and service coordination in collaboration with internal and external resources
- Develops creative strategies for involving family members and resources in the service planning process
- Assists with crisis intervention and resolution including the development of Safety Plans
- Supports the ideology and practice of the ARC model (attachment, regulation, and competency)
- Models and promotes dependable, responsible, professional and accountable behavior including positive program norms, enthusiasm, and teamwork primacy
- Other duties as assigned
- LMHC, LCSW, LCAT, LMFT, or LMSW. Limited Permit eligible candidates will also be considered.
- Spanish-speaking proficiency
- Familiarity with trauma-informed treatment modalities, including ARC (Attachment-Regulation-Competency), SMART, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, TF-CBT
- 2+ Years experience in Child Welfare or other relevant youth serving system preferred
- Must be able to climb stairs and conduct some home visits
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
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.
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 Children and Family Services