ICL

Mental Health/Child Development Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
Position Number
NG538601
Department
New Ground Program
Type
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status
Exempt
Minimum Salary
USD $59,000.00/Yr.
Maximum Salary
USD $59,000.00/Yr.

Overview

Mental Health Specialist  

Under the general supervision of the Program Director, the Mental Health Specialist functions as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team program with shared caseloads and assists participating individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness in developing and maintaining viable living, working and social situations in the community by obtaining needed medical, social, psychosocial, educational, financial, vocational and other services. Has lead responsibility for integrating family goals and services with the tasks of all team members and for providing family psycho-education individually and in groups.  Participates in the provision of crisis intervention services to participants on an on-call basis

 

Child Development Specialist

The Child Development Specialist is assigned responsibilities involving providing individual and family services to increase parenting skills and enhance the developmental potential of young children and/or children with developmental and acquired disabilities. This includes assessing development in young children; developing and implementing public health prevention programs for parents and young children to enhance their opportunities for cognitive, personal-social, language, and motor development; and serving as a member of a multidisciplinary team to monitor the effectiveness of child development services.

 

THIS IS A FIELD OPPORTUNITY

Responsibilities

 

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with a disability to perform the essential duties unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.)

  1. Provide counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, case management and support services in the community to mentally ill individuals.
  2. Assume primary clinical management responsibility for a caseload of young adults with serious and persistent mental illness, who may also have a co-occurring substance abuse or other disorder.
  3. Assume lead responsibility within the program for integrating family goals and services with the tasks of all program staff and for providing family psycho-education individually and in groups.
  4. Assist consumers in attaining or maintaining housing, employment, functional social relationships, and relief from psychiatric symptoms and side effects through medication management support.
  5. Assertive engagement and provision of mental health services in the community where the service population lives – up to 80% of weekly work schedule may involve fieldwork.
  6. On-call responsibility for individuals enrolled in the program.
  7. Provide all services in a culturally relevant and competent manner.
  8. Maintain accurate and up-to-date Case Records, including but not limited to progress notes, service plan and service plan reviews, assessments and contact logs within keeping of all-applicable OMH, Medicaid, and ICL Regulations and Guidelines
  9. Provide support and psychoeducation to family members, friends and other collateral individuals.
  10. Provide referrals and engagement support for services not directly provided by the program, e.g., medical services, participation in psychosocial clubhouses and self-help groups, vocational training and placement, etc.
  11. Provide accurate and timely reports, within federal, state, and city regulatory and agency confidentiality guidelines, to other providers and agencies, e.g. housing, vocational, criminal justice, child welfare, etc.
  12. Participates in individual and group supervision, treatment team meetings, case conferences, in-service training and other staff development activities as assigned.
  13. Observes all ICL, OMH, and all other applicable rules, procedures or laws regarding the reporting of incidents, including the reporting of alleged child abuse and neglect.  
  14. Reports to work consistently and on time.
  15. Other job-related duties that may be assigned.

CHILD DEVELOMPENT SPECIALIST ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with a disability to perform the essential duties unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.)

 

  1.  Conducts groups and workshops to educate parents in the area of child development through materials and curricula developed for this purpose.
  2. Provides developmental assessments of children birth through kindergarten-age; teach parents ways to enhance their child’s developmental potential.
  3. Keeps confidential records and writes reports essential to this work.
  4. Assists in the selection, preparation, and distribution of materials on child development which will further the purpose of this program.
  5. Provides in-service training in the areas of child development and parenting to staff.
  6. Counsels individuals and families on topics related to parenting and child development.
  7. Recruits clients for child development programs through contracts with community organizations such as public health clinics, hospitals, child care centers, civic organizations, pediatricians and the news media.
  8. Collaborates with other community agencies as well as plans and conducts community wide efforts to promote the health, development, and behavioral wellbeing of young children and families.
  9. Provide accurate and timely reports, within federal, state, and city regulatory and agency confidentiality guidelines, to other providers and agencies, e.g. housing, vocational, criminal justice, child welfare, etc.
  10. Participates in individual and group supervision, treatment team meetings, case conferences, in-service training and other staff development activities as assigned.
  11. Observes all ICL, OMH, and all other applicable rules, procedures or laws regarding the reporting of incidents, including the reporting of alleged child abuse and neglect.
  12. Consistently reports to work as scheduled
  13. Perform other related duties as required and assigned by the Team Leader/Program Director.

 

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s Degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Creative Arts Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation.  Applicable professional license in field issued by NYS Education Department strongly preferred. 

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  • Experience or training of at least one year in family assessment and intervention, psychoeducation and/or other family support services, including cognitive-behavioral strategies

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Ability to manage multiple projects, delegate tasks, and check on the completion of assigned tasks.
  2. Ability to manage resources which includes money, material, time, and people.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and flexibility 
  4. Highly-developed clinical, engagement, and motivational skills;
  5. Experience with risk assessment and risk management;
  6. Track record of delivering quality treatment services to individuals with SMI
  7. Experience delivering treatment, rehabilitation and support services in the community;
  8. Proficient in computers and Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  9. Willingness and ability to use ICL supplied communication tools (e.g. computers, mobile telephone, fax, etc.) regularly in the course of conducting business.  
  10. Ability to work with consumers/residents, families, and staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences.
  11. Ability to communicate effectively with staff, consumers/residents, families, and the public.
  12. Ability to prepare accurate and timely documentation, reports and other written material as assigned using computers and computer software assigned
  13. Ability to understand  and support  the agency’s mission, vision, standards and code of ethical behavior
  14. Ability to serve as a role model to clients including modeling appropriate interpersonal interactions, appearance, demeanor
  15. Willingness to continually learn and apply knowledge and willingness to participate in in-service training and development activities
  16. Ability to function as an effective team member, including performing share of work, cooperating with coworkers,  and securing cooperation, and maintaining professional relationships and boundaries  with co-workers, supervisors and clients
  17. Ability to think clearly, be creative and flexible
  18. Ability to use sound judgment in identifying and solving problems, and knowing when to seek assistance.
  19. Ability to organize time effectively to accomplish all tasks, including   documentation, reports and other written material in an accurate and timely way and meet deadlines without prompting.
  20. Ability to be empathic, actively looking for ways to help people, to be compassionate and hopeful and to believe and help others work toward recovery
  21. Ability to understand and adhere to internal and external laws, rules and policies.
  22. Ability to report to work and all work-related meetings on time; reports to work as scheduled

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