Home Based Mental Health Therapist

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 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.

Sheltering Arms is currently seeking a Home Based Mental Health Therapist with expertise and experience to provide therapeutic support to the foster families of teens and the foster children in those homes. The ideal candidate will have experience working with diverse populations and the ability to exercise good judgments in emergency situations.

Essential Functions:

  • Support foster parents in improvement and management of children/youth’s emotional and behavioral issues through use of program specific evidence informed treatment model(s)
  • Develop and implement strength based treatment plans to address children/youth’s response to trauma
  • Sees child/youth and foster family on an intensive basis(at a minimum weekly) in the home and community consistent with child’s therapeutic treatment goals
  • Provides a positive role model for children/youth; maintains a relationship conducive to the nurturing and developmental needs of children/youth and works with the foster parent to provide a living situation to help meet those needs. Uses knowledge and understanding of diverse cultural norms and child rearing practices to enhance the assessment and treatment process
  • As indicated, coordinate with child/youth’s mental health provider to monitor provision of psychotherapy and psychiatry
  • Provide timely and effective crisis intervention which includes after hours crisis intervention coverage
  • Create and implement a support group for Foster Parents of Teen
  • Participate in Family Team conferences
  • Participate in other meetings with families as required
  • Participate in team meetings for the teen unit
  • Provide support for the PYA workshop
  • Completion of case documentation in a timely manner and in accordance with ACS and SACFS standards
  • Other related task that may be assigned


  • Licensed Masters Degree in Social Work; LMSW required
  • Experiencing working with youth and families in a mental health and child welfare setting preferred
  • Experienced in the provision of DBT preferred

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.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree