The Rights of Passage (ROP) Senior Social Worker provides psychosocial services using a variety of interventions, including evidence-based models such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing to "runaway and homeless" young adults, aged 16-21. The Rights of Passage programs are new sites in the Bronx housing 10-20 youth and, in some cases, mothers and their children. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Clinical Administration for clinical and administrative supervision, the Senior Social Worker will be assigned to two congregate sites and will be expected to collaborate with all staff working at each site.
The Senior Social Worker is responsible for providing psychosocial services, including developing community resources for the young adults to access long-term mental health services, risk/psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, counseling and psychoeducation to a diverse youth homeless population. The Senior Social Worker will also serve in an informal capacity as a consultant/supportive coach to residential staff regarding young people's psychosocial and mental health needs.
As these sites are new to CHNY, the Senior Social Worker will need to be comfortable in a rapidly changing environment where processes and protocols are being developed and refined as the program is operating. Flexibility, a willingness to be available by email or phone in off-hours, and excellent communication and problem-solving abilities are critical to successfully fulfilling the requirements of this position.
Duties and responsibilities
- Provide (weekly or as needed) individual and group counseling (and psychoeducation) to youth experiencing homelessness to address mental health and psychosocial needs (per service plan). This includes short-term crisis intervention, including advocacy and follow-up for designated caseload.
- Complete psychosocial assessments (e.g., screening for mental health and substance use concerns and mental status) for higher need residents. Identify current mental health, social, and emotional needs, making initial recommendations, in-house and outside referrals and write an appropriate summary report.
- Actively link young people who are interested in longer-term mental health care and psycho-social support to community-based providers and communicate with providers/social workers at referring agencies as necessary.
- Integrate evidence-based programs such as; Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs-Covenant House will provide training.
- Integrate evidence-based treatments such as; Trauma-focused CBT that addresses emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex-trauma experiences.
- Lead meetings with assigned Case Managers to coordinate and collaboratively address the case management and social work needs youth within respective teams.
- Develop and facilitate innovative support/psycho-education/skills-building groups related to topics such as Anger and Stress Management, Substance Abuse Prevention, Affective Regulation and Healthy Relationships.
- Provide consultation to Case Managers and residential staff providing assessments, information (regarding issues around trauma, mental health, and substance use), and referrals as needed.
- Participate in all required training, including training and implementation support activities for evidence-based and proven social work models. Utilize these models as designed with youth served.
- Meet regularly with clinical supervisor to discuss concerns, reflect on practice and client needs, and carry out plans for young people.
- Participate in weekly case review and daily shift transition.
- Be vigilant about maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for our youth.
- Flexible schedule required, sometimes including holidays and weekends, as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Licensed Master Social Worker required.
- LMSW must be actively pursuing LCSW designation and must achieve such designation within 3 years of the hire date.
- Provider must be eligible to bill NYS Medicaid for services, either directly or under qualifying supervision in pursuit of licensed clinical social work status by State Education Department.
- Provider must provide documentation annually to Human Resources reflecting the pursuit of LCSW designation.
- Two (2) years' experience providing counseling and casework with at-risk youth highly preferred; Internships in this field to be considered.
- Knowledge of trauma and mental health issues facing multi-stressed youth and families.
- Experience working in a shelter or residential setting preferred.
- Knowledge of external and social service systems.
- Solid assessment, interviewing and crisis intervention skills.
- Overall flexibility in work schedule required, including weekends, evenings and holidays as needed.
- Excellent verbal, written and problem-solving abilities required.
- Experience working with diverse groups required.
- Experience utilizing evidence-based and other social service models preferred including CBT and DBT preferred.
- Dedicated to the mission of Covenant House.
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