Clinical Social Worker; Capital Region Child & Adolescent Mobile Team
Parsons Child and Family Center - Albany, NY

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Parsons Child and Family Center operates a Child and Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team serving youth and families in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. It does so in partnership and under the direction of a Steering Committee composed of family representatives; the NYS Offices of Mental Health and Persons With Developmental Disabilities; the local government units of Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties; the Capital District Developmental Disabilities Office and the Capital District PsychiatricCenter; Vanderheyden Hall; and Families Together (Albany County Chapter).

The CRCAMT will respond to a child and adolescent’s emotional/behavioral health crisis at the family home and at emergency points of entry as requested by family members. Staff will provide consultation and information; crisis assessment; intervention and stabilization; and facilitation of alternate levels of care directly to the families during crisis episodes, when it is most likely to have a significant impact. The CRCAMT also provides after-crisis telephone support to help the family gather knowledge and resources to prevent/deal with future crisis episodes. The guiding principle of this initiative is that children and families must be assisted in the least intrusive, least traumatizing manner possible.

We are searching for a Clinical Social Worker to join our team. This position will function as part of a multi-disciplinary mobile team, under direct supervision of a Team Supervisor that will provide crisis assessment and intervention services to children/adolescents and their families experiencing emotional, behavioral and psychiatric crises. These interventions, provided by telephone and/or on-site mobile visits, will be implemented using a strength-based, trauma informed, with a family focus perspective and will include coordination of services with existing treatment providers and linkage to additional community based therapeutic resources and supports.

This is a full time (40 hrs/wk) position with benefits.

Service Tasks:
Provide rapid response to children, adolescents and families in crisis by phone and on-site within the community as assigned, participate in a acute care hospital emergency room/behavioral health services rotation system designed to facilitate and strengthen community based children’s crisis intervention services.

Interview caller to determine case formulation.

Conduct risk assessments and mental status examinations.

Analyze information to identify action plan.

Consult with team and supervisor.

Document information in accordance with applicable standards.

Coordinate with community resources for collateral input and follow-up care.

Monitor implementation of action plan.

Provide crisis intervention to children, adolescents and their families.

Engage in advocacy for children, adolescents and families served as appropriate.

Plan for safety and continuing care.

Function within a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Required Skills

Required Experience

Master’s Degree in Social Work and LMSW required

LCSW preferred

Minimum of six years’ post masters and direct practice experience

Experience, training, and education focused on working with children, adolescents and their families affected by a wide variety of crises

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