The Youth Advocate will provide needed support to SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) children who are currently residing in Brooklyn. The aim of the support provided is to help lessen the stress, confusion, failure and embarrassment often experienced by these children as well as to ameliorate their social isolation and helplessness.
Develop, implement and lead youth support groups.
Provide assistance and support to children in accessing services (schools, hospitals, child welfare, mental health agencies, entitlements, etc.)
Collaborate with outside providers, networks and other related systems on behalf of youth served.
Represent ICL at relevant government and provider meetings, as required.
Maintain documentation that is compliant with all governmental and agency standards and procedures.
Other job-related responsibilities as assigned
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
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.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with staff, consumers/residents, families and the public.
Ability to prepare accurate and timely documentation, reports and other written material as assigned.
Ability to secure the cooperation of and work effectively with others.
Ability to work independently, and to conform to all applicable safety and accountability measures.
Ability to plan and organize information, tasks and projects.
This position description is a guide to the critical and essential functions of the job, not and all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are review and revised to meet the changing needs of the agency at the sole discretion of management.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
No minimum education required. Past recipient of child mental health services. Appreciation of the demands and pressure that impinge on SED children and their family. Knowledge of the benefits and challenges of being a mental health consumer.