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Good Shepherd Services Therapist in Bronx, New York

Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year – and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!

NOTE: As a NYC contracted agency all positions at Good Shepherd Services fall under the NYC vaccine/testing mandate. All employees, volunteers and interns must show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

If working in a NYC DOE partner program, proof of vaccination is mandatory.

Under the supervision of an LCSW, the therapist provides professional mental health care for children and youth in Family foster Care (FFC) and Theraputic Family Foster Care (TFFC). This position provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to address identified personal, behavioral or family issues. The therapist will utilize a strength-based, youth and family development approach. Additionally they ensure that the Sanctuary Seven commitments are embedded into practice, and that the tools of this model are utilized when appropriate to address the trauma symptoms of the foster care population.

Title: Therapist, Treatment and Family Foster Care

Reports To: Mental Health Supervisor

Location: 7 West Burnside Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bronx, New York 10453

Hours: 35 Hours/Week; Exempt

Major Duties:

  • Provide individual, group and/or family therapy to children and youth in Family Foster Care and Treatment Family Foster Care Department using clinical interventions to address the significant trauma and complex needs of our population.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with external mental health providers if youth is being seen outside of Good Shepherd Mental Health Department for therapeutic services in order to maintain cohesive treatment.

  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings to collaborate with case planning and medical staff to inform the team of youth’s progress in treatment.

  • Maintain accurate client records and submit all time sensitive documentation within expected deadlines.

  • Complete necessary documentation in Connections and Evolv (psychosocial intakes, session notes, outreach attempts) and complete initial and quarterly treatment plans, annual mental health assessments, and trauma based assessments on each assigned youth.

  • Provide appropriate service recommendations to support diagnostic impressions and case conceptualization

  • Implement interventions and clinical support to assist the treatment team working through crisis with youth and continuously communicate with all members of each client’s team with relevant updates.

  • Must be willing to provide outreach services in the community to engage youth in services. Provide effective coaching, teaching and modeling to allow for the de-escalation of a crisis and provide for processing of crisis situations.

  • Observe and promptly respond to behavioral issues, adhere to safety standards, and encourage problem-solving dialogue.

  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care, when applicable, in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.

  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • LMSW required, LCSW preferred

  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.

  • Must be able to remain flexible and maintain collaborative communication

  • Two years of experience providing clinical assessment, individual and/or family therapy

  • Knowledge or familiarity with trauma based interventions is preferred.

  • Familiarity with DSM-V and diagnostic criteria

  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength- based, youth and family development, and trauma informed perspective.

Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.

Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

ID: 2021-4414

Base Salary: USD $58,000.00/Yr.

Max Salary: USD $69,227.00/Yr.

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