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  • Therapeutic Visitatiin Clinician

    Job Locations US-NJ-Eatontown
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/29/2018 12:15 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Therapeutic Visitation Program provides supervised visitation facilitated by a licensed mental health practitioner for the purpose of preventing or repairing damage to the parent–child relationship and helping parents to understand and respond to their child’s emotional or physical needs in an appropriate manner. The clinician provides structured interactive guidance on parent-child communication with a focus on positive bonding & nurturing skills.


    The clinician is part of a larger program that works collaboratively to facilitate the return of children that have been separated from their parents for a variety of reasons. All team members working within these programs are expected to maintain the belief that a family is the primary nurturing environment of a child. It is expected that the program clinician will work to establish a partnership with referred families to empower them toward solving their own problems. All team members presume that every person is capable of growth and change. The clinician will work with referring agencies and the court system to communicate progress or lack thereof and to make necessary recommendations for future or alternate services needed.




    • Maintain an active caseload of 5-6 families with a minimum of 60 hours of direct face-to-face contact per month. Part time employees will have a prorated number of families and direct face-to-face contact hours depending on number of hours worked.
    • Available a minimum of 3 evenings per week
    • Contact referral source and client within 5 business days of receipt of referral
    • In concert with the family, create a Treatment Plan that addresses strengths, needs and intervention strategies
    • Engage the client in a cooperative problem solving, utilizing empathy and good listening skills. Provide parenting support when appropriate
    • Complete the identified interventions
    • Supervise visits according to level of supervision required by DCP&P caseworker, the exception being emergency bathroom breaks.
    • Provide clinical guidance to the multidisciplinary court/DCP&P/family team in determining how to meet the children’s needs
    • Make clinical recommendations for services and case direction
    • Maintain confidentiality as required by law
    • Provide transportation for clients to visitation sessions as needed
    • Take responsibility for improving clinical skills and utilizing supervision process
    • Refer client, as needed, to specialists and/or community resources as needed
    • Participate in play therapy supervision monthly as needed
    • Schedule and maintain one hour of weekly individual clinical supervision with your qualified supervison


    • 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
    • Maintain client files and materials in timely manner and an organized format consistent with YMCA and COA standards
    • Prepares necessary reporting documents for courts & referring agencies in a timely manner
    • Document activity and interaction between family members during visits and provide copies to DCP&P caseworkers within 5 business days of visit.
    • Maintains level of service for program & submission of monthly statistics
    • Ensure all required maintenance is performed on assigned agency vehicle
    • Attend required agency meetings and trainings
    • Monitors and evaluates client outcome measurement results and provides ideas for continual quality of service improvement
    • Participates as part of a working collaborative team
    • Have a thorough knowledge of Monmouth County services




    • The clinician must possess Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field and a New Jersey license to practice counseling with a minimum of 2 years’ experience working with families & children.
    • Ability to relate to and engage multi-problem families
    • Must possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license and a safe driving record with vehicle availability
    • Must demonstrate a high level of cultural competence, sensitivity and responsiveness
    • Must possess strong communication, writing and time management skills
    • Must be physically able to lift small children and car seats
    • A safe driving record
    • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment


    YMCA Competencies

    Relationship Building:

    • Ability to build relationships with staff, families, and DCP&P workers.
    • Ability to creative a positive and supportive atmosphere for learning and relationship-building.
    • Proven track record of working effectively with people of different backgrounds.


    • Writes in a clear, concise, and logical fashion to ensure understanding.
    • Tells stories of the Y’s cause and impact in the community.
    • Listens actively by asking open-ended questions.


    Decision Making:

    • Learns from experience and applies what is learned to new situations.
    • Makes sound decisions/judgments based on input from others, data, and feedback.

    Project Management:

    • Possesses superior organizing ability.
    • Clarifies performance goals and expectations; plans and organizes work responsibilities.


    Quality Results:

    • Delivers a high-value experience to children and families served
    • Monitors own performance against good practice standards and takes quick and appropriate actions to stay on course




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