Social Worker
CASES - New York, NY

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Job Description

Job Title: Social Worker

Reports to: Program Director

Overview: The Civic Justice Corps & Justice Scholars Program serve youth ranging from the ages 16-24 with recent involvement in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system. The goal of the program is to provide young people with the opportunity to repair the harm they may have caused to their communities and reestablish community trust through meaningful service-learning projects while reengaging with education and developing basic work readiness skills. The Social Worker is responsible for meeting the mental health needs of participants, conducts assessments, counseling, running groups and makes referral to community based programs as needed.

Facilitates weekly groups such as anger management, social skills, drug prevention, domestic violence, sexual harassment etc.
Collaborate with case management team to provide wrap around services for participants
Conducts comprehensive psychosocial assessments of participants to determine which of these young people need community-based mental health treatment;
Writes psychosocial reports that include pertinent clinical information, a rationale for need for treatment, and any relevant psychiatric diagnoses;
Provides crisis intervention;
Develops linkages with community based mental health organizations that provide mental health services to adolescents and refers participants for appropriate services;
Maintains contact with community mental health providers to monitor the progress of participants referred for treatment;
Monitors the mental health status of participants in the program and provides individual and group counseling as needed;
Writes progress notes and documents other relevant data in the program database as required; and Conducts mental health risk assessments.
Work with graduate participants for aftercare

Master’s degree in social work with 2 plus years experience.
Ability to work in interdisciplinary and diverse team;
Demonstrated ability to engage and motivate youth;
Thorough understanding of a strengths-based youth development approach to working with young people;
Experience working with young offenders is helpful although not required; and
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with participants and staff alike.

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