Therapist is responsible for fulfilling the JVS mission by providing therapeutic services to refugee and immigrant individuals and families who are uninsured or underserved. Youth Therapist completes evaluations and assessments with clients to determine client eligibility for JVS services, if clients qualify for services JVS youth therapist will primarily utilize Play, Art, Narrative and other expressive therapy modalities to guide clients through the therapy process.
The Social Work Program is focused on holistic, culturally competent social work interventions, based on strengths, empowerment, and ecological perspectives and adherence to the NASW Social Work Code of Ethics. These culturally competent interventions utilize multicultural and language abilities of staff, as well as trained contracted interpreters. Types of interventions, as well as frequency and intensity of services, are driven by the needs of the community and each client. Building and maintaining positive relationship with clients, communities, and agencies is an integral part of the position.
Experience and Education:
Licensed Masters of Social Work required and minimum of three years’ experience working in a social service field or related capacity with culturally diverse clients. Clinical license must be in process, valid clinical license preferred.
- Maintains caseload of 15-20 youth clients (ages 11-18) to provide in school therapy
- Provides mental health treatment via youth narrative therapy curriculum and elements of multisystemic therapy for a timeframe of 1 year on average
- Facilitate therapy groups as needed
- Receives and discusses referrals with JVS staff, community partner agencies
- Connects with families, counselors, coaches, schools and staff within schools, builds good relatinships with those involved with youth’s life in order to help build natural supports in youth’s life
- Meets with Youth Services Manager for supervision
- Attends monthly team meetings with KCPS
- Attends twice monthlyclinical supervision (unless clinical license is already obtained)
- Attends relevant community meetings such as refugee immigrant forums, Language Services community meetings, other related partner meetings
- Home visits with clients and families as needed
- Referrals to outside community connections such as soccer programs, summer school and summer programs, healthcare
- Provides basic supplies like hygiene products, clothes, uniforms, school supplies, etc as needed
- Attends youth-specific trainings and CEU’s events as determined with manager
- Maintains notes and organizes data per department and agency policy
- Knowledge of social work values and ethics, as delineated in the NASW Code of Ethics
- Knowledge of Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Grounding Techniques
- Care and passion for wellbeing of youth clients
- Ability to establish and develop relationships with JVS staff/community agencies/partners
- Ability to be self-directed and highly flexible in daily work.
- Ability to recognize and respect cultural and ethnic differences
- Knowledge and understanding of trauma and domestic violence
- Knowledge and/or willingness to learn and identify a wide range of community resources
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and willingness to learn/utilize JVS database
If interested in applying please forward a copy of your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.