Educational Alliance

Job Title

MENTAL HEALTH FAMILY COUNSELOR

Job Description

Educational Alliance, a New York institution since 1889, is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life. We serve everyone regardless of the language they speak, where they come from, or their socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation. 

 

Ed Alliance “Perks”

  •  Competitive Salary
  •   Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days
  •   Comprehensive Health Insurance
  •  Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym
  •   403(b) Retirement Plan
  •  Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance
  •  Generous Vacation  Package

 

 

JOB PURPOSE

The Mental Health Family Counselor will provide clinical support to children and families in crisis across the six sites. Specific emphasis will be placed on families impacted by extreme risk factors including: homelessness, foster care, incarceration, and intimate partner and community violence. Duties include child, individual and family counseling, the facilitation of therapeutic parent support groups and psychoeducational workshops addressing a range of topics including child development, parenting strategies, healthy relationships and co-parenting, and stress management. Provide professional development workshops regarding mental health and wellbeing.

 

The Mental Health Family Counselor will be based primarily in the field working in each site and in the homes as necessary. The Counselor will be responsible for cultivating relationships and making strategic mental health referrals to community partners.  

 

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE

 

·        Provide intensive clinical support to families enrolled in CFS programming who are dealing with high level crises

·        Develop crisis management and safety plan for families as needed

·        Educate staff on trauma informed care and self-care strategies

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

 

Coordination and Facilitation of Family Support (40%)

 

·        Facilitate parent support groups and psychoeducational parent workshops

·        Support families at various external meetings and appointments as needed (i.e. mental health, CPSE, Court etc.)

·        Follow up and track outcomes of all referrals

·        Work collaboratively with all Department 60 internal teams including Education, Social Services, College Access, Employment Services as needed for family support and engagement

·        Thoughtfully partner with families to set and reach goals

·        Update family progress and outcomes via PROMIS database and case notes

In-depth Counseling (50%)

 

  • Provide intensive counseling And crisis intervention services to assigned children and families
  •  Carry a rotating caseload of the highest need families
  • Assess and evaluate  families’ needs on a routine basis
  • Create and implement culturally appropriate treatment plans
  • Prioritize cases, provide triage, and external referrals as necessary
  • Collaborate with community-based mental health service providers
  • Conduct home visits as necessary
  • Maintain case notes on the PROMIS database and track individual family activity, progress and outcomes accordingly

 

Staff Development (10%)

 

·        Conduct professional development workshops for staff on topics related to mental health and wellbeing of children and families

·        Coach and train teaching staff on social emotional learning and behavior management strategies

·        Support programmatic efforts of Department 60 and provide direct programmatic supports to Social Services and Education units respectively

·        Maintain and adhere to confidentiality practices to support family’s privacy and well-being

·        Maintain all responsibilities of mandated reporting

·        Refrain from inappropriate fraternizing with families

 

Professional Responsibilities

  • Developing an understanding of Head Start goals, philosophy
  • Develop an understanding of Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Develop an understanding and full use of PROMIS database system
  • Maintain awareness of the philosophy and goals of the program in order to promote efficiency of program enrollment, family engagement and participation and program visibility
  • Maintain professional relationship with colleagues
  • Attend Team meetings as assigned and demonstrate willingness to incorporate new ideas and strategies to meet program standards and goals in line with best practices
  •  Attend professional development opportunities both internal and external and deliver updated information to peers and colleagues as assigned
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct and decision making
  • Observe strict confidentiality practices
  • Adhere to Educational Alliance policies and procedures; comply with required documentation and record keeping responsibilities for Mental Health and Disability Service unit
  • Partner with community-based mental health service providers as necessary
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Maintain compliance paperwork, and submit documents by deadlines assigned

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

Required Knowledge

·        LMSW required; LCSW preferred

·        Three to 5 years of clinical counseling and demonstrated knowledge of working with families of diverse socio-economic backgrounds

·        Demonstrated knowledge of assessing and providing community resources to families

·        Strong communication and engagement strategies

·        Strong organizational and record keeping skills   

·        Ability to work evenings as necessary

·        Must be able to meet physical requirements of working with young children, including walking up and down stairs, sitting on the floor and lifting a child

·        Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Role Key Competencies

  1. Team Player
  2. Building a Successful Team
  3. Conflict Management and Resolution
  4. Analytical
  5. Proactive
  6. Planning and Organizing
  7. Initiative
  8. Learning Orientation
  9. Communication
  10. Safety Awareness
  11. Managing Performance
  12. Adaptability

 

Salary Information

Division - Department: Early Childhood and Youth Services – Department 60
Job Classification (FLSA): Union, Local 215 - FT – 35 hours/week
Supervisor: Director Mental Health and Disability Services

To Apply

Candidates should submit an online application here: http://www.edalliance.org/careers


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