Y Roads Mental Health Specialist
YMCA - New York, NY

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The YMCA of Greater New York seeks a dynamic professional to become the Y Roads Center's Mental Health Specialist, to work in a unique and original service center in Jamaica, Queens. Through the Y Roads Center's programs and services, the YMCA of Greater New York commits to working with young people, ages 16 to 24, in priority populations, who identify as having a particularly difficult time making the successful transition to adulthood. The Mental Health Specialist functions as a core member of a collaborative team that provides wrap around services and support to Y Roads Center participants. The Mental Health Specialist is responsible for supporting mental health care provided to participants, based on a unique service plan which is created in consultation with others on the Y Roads Center's service team.

  • Conduct intake and assessments of potential participants.
  • Develop individual service plans to ensure success.
  • Coordinate referrals to indicated services inside and outside the Y Roads Center (e.g., social services, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).
  • Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health.
  • Help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with mental and emotional health.
  • Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems or overcoming challenges/obstacles; Counsel clients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.
  • Prepare and maintain all required records and reports and develop treatment plans.
  • Act as client's advocate in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations, refer patients, clients, or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
  • Meet with families, probation officers, police, and other interested parties in order to exchange necessary information during the treatment process.
  • Plan, organize and lead structured programs of counseling, work, study, recreation and social activities for clients.
  • Master's level degree with NYS Licensed Mental Health Professional license (LMSW; LCSW; Mental Health Professional/Counselor (MHP/MHC); or related credential; in addition to 2 years experience.
  • The ability to supervise masters level interns is strongly preferred (ex. SIFI for MSWs).
  • Familiarity with brief, structured counseling techniques (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation) with various populations; juvenile justice, probation, foster care.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or Saturdays in support of program activities and meetings.
  • Ability to coordinate with professionals from different backgrounds, working at different levels.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously to produce high quality results quickly and on time.
Salary: $44,226 - $55,332

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YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation's 2,663 YMCAs, which serve nearly 20.2 million people each year, including...