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  • Foster Care Clinician-Temporary

    Job Locations US-NJ-Eatontown
    Posted Date 5 days ago(4/20/2018 2:45 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Foster Care Program is an intensive, in-home program providing services for children placed in foster care that are referred by the two Monmouth County DCP&P offices. Services are delivered by a multi-service team and are designed to facilitate positive resolutions and closure for referred DCP&P cases involving substantiated or suspected abuse or neglect of the children. The temporary Foster Care clinician provides support and guidance for the foster parents who are caring for these struggling youth. They act as the child's advocate and resource broker in ways such as serving as a liaison with the child's school system. When there are more than one child placed in a home clinicians can provide group counseling to improve the interaction within the environment. Play therapy, sand tray therapy, and traditional therapeutic models of treatment are combined in order to remove barriers to success. The temporary Foster Care Clinician is expected to maintain the belief that a family is the primary nurturing environment of a children and work to establish a partnership with the referred families to empower them toward solving their own problems.




    1. Maintain an active caseload with a minimum of 65 hours of client contact per month
    2. Responsible for conducting and developing clinical evaluations when assuming primary case responsibility
    3. Provide clinical guidance to the multidisciplinary court/DCP&P/family team in determining what the children’s needs
    4. Make clinical recommendations for services and case direction
    5. Provide on-call after hours emergency response for active clients
    6. Maintain confidentiality as required by law
    7. Take responsibility for improving clinical skills and utilizing supervision process
    8. Clinically assess and evaluate your client using the DSM-IV-TR
    9. Provide counseling/psychotherapeutic counseling to assigned clients
    10. Refer client, as needed, to specialists, informing the client of such judgment
    11. Refer client, as needed, to community resources for concrete services
    12. Support and advocate for clients, at their request, with schools, courts, social service organizations, etc. while teaching families how to advocate for themselves
    13. Participate in play therapy supervision monthly
    14. Schedule and maintain one hour of weekly individual clinical supervision with your qualified supervisor


    1. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with referring Agency liaisons, personnel and community agencies involved in the treatment process for each family in order to ensure coordination of treatment and promote positive program functioning
    2. Maintain client files and materials in timely manner and an organized format consistent with YMCA and COA standards
    3. Prepares necessary reporting documents for courts & referring agencies in a timely manner
    4. Maintains level of service for program & submission of monthly statistics
    5. Ensure all required maintenance is performed on assigned agency vehicle
    6. Attend required agency meetings and trainings
    7. Monitors and evaluates client outcome measurement results and provides ideas for continual quality of service improvement
    8. Participates as part of a working collaborative team
    9. Have a thorough knowledge of Monmouth County services
    10. Maintain a mutually supportive atmosphere among team members and throughout the agency
    11. Attend and present cases, as scheduled, at monthly Clinical meetings
    12. Participate in the Annual Campaign
    13. Complete miscellaneous projects or tasks as assigned by management


    1. Relationships:
      1. Ability to build relationships with staff, families, and DCP&P workers.
      2. Ability to creative a positive and supportive atmosphere for learning and relationship-building.
      3. Proven track record of working effectively with people of different backgrounds.
    2. Communication:
      1. Writes in a clear, concise, and logical fashion to ensure understanding.
      2. Tells stories of the Y’s cause and impact in the community.
      3. Listens actively by asking open-ended questions.
    3. Decision Making:
      1. Learns from experience and applies what is learned to new situations.
      2. Makes sound decisions/judgments based on input from others, data, and feedback.
    4. Project Management:
      1. Possesses superior organizing ability.
      2. Clarifies performance goals and expectations; plans and organizes work responsibilities.
    5. Quality Results:
      1. Delivers a high-value experience to children and families served
      2. Monitors own performance against good practice standards and takes quick and appropriate actions to stay on course



    • The clinician must possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field and a New Jersey license to practice counseling with two years minimum experience working with families & children.
    • Ability to relate to and engage multi-problem families.
    • Must possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license, a safe driving record, valid NJ Motor Vehicle Insurance, and vehicle availability.
    • Must demonstrate a high level of cultural competence, sensitivity and responsiveness.
    • Must possess strong communication, writing and time management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented environment


    While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk, and occasionally lift and/or move items. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



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