The Community YMCA

  • Clinician - Counseling and Social Services

    Job Locations US-NJ-Matawan
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/8/2019 2:02 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Young People’s Program is the outpatient mental health program for youth and adolescents up to age 21. The Family Care Program is an in-home program designed to assist youth within the community who are coping with emotional and/or behavioral changes.  This position serves in a clinical capacity as a Primary Counselor in both programs, who carries an assigned caseload consisting of children and adolescents with behavioral and/or mental health issues. Service provision includes evaluative services, clinical treatment, therapeutic interventions and discharge planning, as well as monitoring client progress related to psychotropic medication. Individual and family therapy are the core clinical offerings of and this position. Group counseling may also be required on an as-needed basis. All clinical services are offered in compliance with agency requirements for funding, licensure and accreditation. Consultation with referral sources is necessary, as indicated. This position includes providing services at multiple locations including the outpatient office, school based counseling satellites which will require acting as the agency liaison as indicated and in home services.


    1. Maintains a caseload size of 30-32 clients and provides 28 face to face sessions weekly.
    2. Provides evaluative services, treatment planning, clinical treatment consisting primarily of Play Therapy, as well as referral services, therapeutic interventions and discharge planning, also monitors client progress related to psychotropic medication.  
    3. Complies with necessary documentation for all administrative aspects of clinical counseling.
    4. Adheres to confidentiality limits as required by law and licensing standards.
    5. Provides case management services and crisis intervention as necessary.
    6. Conferences shared clinical cases with supervisor and cooperating counselors         
    7. Take responsibility for improving clinical skills and expanding knowledge base related to Play Therapy and effective strategies for treating children and adolescents as well as maintaining engagement of clients and caregivers.
    8. Represents The Community YMCA in a professional and positive manner within the community and with agency referral resources.
    9. Handles crisis calls and makes appropriate referrals.
    10. Acts as an agency representative at satellite locations and assists the agency with licensing requirement compliance.
    11. Acquires knowledge ongoing regarding standards and requirements for licensure, accreditation and funding.
    12. Actively seeks supervision in response to client needs.
    13. Is responsive in supervisory sessions and receptive to identifying training needs.
    14. Attends and actively participates in staff meetings and Clinical Case Conference.Meets individual annual fundraising goal.
    15. Is supportive of Community YMCA Annual Campaign fundraising efforts.
    16. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the Electronic Health Record


    -Works effectively with individuals of different backgrounds, opinions and perceptions, including Outpatient clients, staff and referral sources.

    -Utilizes clinical engagement skills well. Remains calm in challenging situations and makes sound judgments. Builds rapport and relates well to others.

    -Models and reinforces Y values; demonstrates a desire to serve others. Works well within the framework of job description and shows motivation for continued professional growth.

    -Pursues trainings and other opportunities that enhance job performance and professional growth.

    -Strives to meet or exceed goals for therapeutic excellence.

    -Embraces new strategies, ideas, and clinical approaches. Actively participates in meetings and supervision.

    Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact professional performance and professional relationships with other staff.


    -Demonstrates awareness and utilization of best practice principles


    This position provides services directly to children, adolescents and their caregivers. It requires the expertise of a Clinician trained and experienced in Play Therapy, Parenting Counseling and additional treatment and engagement strategies. It is required that this Counselor demonstrate competency with regard to planning treatment for varied problematic and complicated individual and family issues. The minimum of a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Clinical Counseling, Social Work or other related Human Services concentration is necessary, accompanied by New Jersey licensure or eligibility. Furthermore, this Counselor needs to demonstrate proficiency in Individual, group and family therapy.  Other required skills include being able to conduct a diagnostic interview toward the development of a relevant treatment plan.  Also needed is the ability to speak and write in a clear and concise manner.  Additionally, this position requires an individual, who is a good team player.  Demonstration of a high level of cultural competence, sensitivity and responsiveness is also necessary.

    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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