Therapist
Good Shepherd Services - Bronx, NY

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Treatment Family Foster Care

Building on Strengths in Individuals, Families and Communities!

OUR MISSION

  • To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
  • To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
  • To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.

WHO WE ARE
Good Shepherd Services has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.

JOB SUMMARY:
The Therapist provides individual child and family therapy (when appropriate), for therapeutic youth and children receiving services in the Treatment Family Foster Care program. This position provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to address the identified personal, behavioral or family issue. This staff works from strength-based, youth development approach and ensures that the Sanctuary 7 commitments are embedded into practice and that the tools of this model are utilized when appropriate to address the trauma symptoms of the foster care population.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Provide individual therapy to youth in the Treatment Family Foster Care Department.
  • Provide family therapy, where appropriate.
  • Interface with other TFFC staff to ensure coordinated planning and to adjust the behavioral and treatment plan as needed for improved outcomes.
  • Participate in Treatment Team meetings to collaborate with staff and update them on youth’s progress in treatment.
  • Complete necessary paperwork such as session notes, treatment plans, and trauma based assessments, when necessary.
  • Collaborate with consulting psychiatrist and psychologist on appropriate treatment interventions and medication management.
  • Coordinate appointments for annual psychiatric evaluations and bi-annual psychological evaluations.
  • Responsible for completion of annual biopsychosocial assessment on each assigned youth.
  • Create and implement interventions in order to assist the treatment team in working through crises with youth.
  • Provide effective coaching, teaching and modeling to allow for the de-escalation of a crisis and provide for processing of crisis situations.
  • Observe and promptly respond to behavioral issues, adhere to safety standards and encourage problem-solving dialogue
  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care, when applicable, in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • LCSW/LMSW required.
  • Three years of experience providing clinical assessment, individual and/or family therapy required.
  • Knowledge or familiarity with trauma based interventions is preferred.
  • Applicant must be familiar with the issues presented by children and families who are involved in the foster care system.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma-informed perspective.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should forward their resume by clicking Apply Now.

Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.


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