The Licensed Mental Health Professional will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of individualized mental health services for participants in the workforce development programs. He/she will provide ongoing assessment and evaluation of the young adult population, assist with the creation of Individual Service Strategies (ISS), and develop service coordination plans as needed. He/she will offer ongoing individual and group counseling; referrals and targeted support services; coaching and mentoring; life skills building workshops and support groups on relevant topics for the out-of-school youth population; and crisis intervention. The Licensed Mental Health Professional must display initiative, exercise judgment and make decisions consistent with program goals and funding regulations. He/she will also assist with recruitment, orientation, follow-up and retention, as needed. Additionally, he/she will assist the Area and Program Managers with staff training on relevant topics. He/she may be responsible to conduct family outreach and engagement as needed. He/she will be responsible for consistent and proper documentation of all mental health and related services
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How To Apply
II. Essential Functions:
· Provide the program staff with training, technical assistance, and consultation on mental health and related subjects prevalent with working with the population.
· Conduct assessment activities and develop Individual Service Strategies for program participants upon intake; develop service plans that include referrals to other service providers for identified support service or mental health needs as well as in-house ongoing guidance and counseling.
· Responsible for caseload of participants with identified mental health and/or other support needs; conduct ongoing case conferences, counseling, and goal planning with them. Ensure that participants on caseload are progressing through the program, completing program requirements and meeting all program goals.
· Develop and facilitate workshops and peer support groups focused on relevant topics, which might include but is not limited to, anger management, drug and alcohol abuse, healthy relationships, and parenting skills; demonstrate strong presentation and facilitations skills to keep participants engaged.
· Provide crisis intervention as needed, with demonstrated ability to utilize techniques for diffusing volatile situations and calming angry participants, for assisting participants vocalizing suicidal thoughts, and for intervening with participants in any sort of crisis situation.
· Conduct community outreach to city agencies, service providers, and CBOs to develop referral relationships; create and maintain a referral database that can be assessed by all Career Coaches.
· Provide participants with referrals to outside organizations, city agencies, and other programs for identified support services needed, which could include mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, health services, housing or childcare assistance, domestic violence, legal assistance, and the like. When necessary, escort participants to appointments to ensure that they are receiving services aimed at barrier elimination or reduction.
· Secure guest speakers from city agencies, CBOs, and other programs to provide onsite informational sessions and workshops to educate participants about services available throughout the city.
· Conduct family outreach and counseling, as appropriate.
· Maintain case records and service plans for each participant to include service needs, goals, and referrals, according to regulations of the field and the funding source.
III. Other Duties Include, But Not Limited To:
· Participate in ongoing in-service training and development activities as required.
· Serve as a positive role model for youth at all times through appearance, attitude, and behavior.
· Report any acts, incidents or conditions that reflect the possibility of inappropriate youth-to-youth or staff-to-youth relationships.
· Report any use of physical force and all unusual incidents per Eckerd policy and state guidelines.
· Perform other duties as assigned or needed.
IV. Position in Organization:
A. Reports to:
B. Directly supervises:
Partner agencies and organizations
VI. Position Specifications:
A. Education – Social Worker with one of the following credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW); OR Counselor with one of the following credentials: Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Coursework or practicum experience in group work, individual counseling, and/or working with young adults preferred.
B. Experience - Two years’ direct service experience required.
C. Skills - Good organizational skills, analytic ability and attention to detail are required, as are training and counseling skills. Must be able to work effectively with diverse groups of staff and young adult program participants.
D. Physical Demands - Ability to periodically respond to mental health crises at varied hours within and outside a standard work week. Ability to assist staff in restraining youth in accordance with approved behavior management techniques. Ability to travel locally within the five boroughs.
E. Other - Must meet criminal background check requirements. Must successfully pass an FBI criminal background check. Must maintain employment eligibility status.
F. Travel - Must be able to meet requirements for Eckerd’s Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes. Local travel within the five boroughs only.