- Maintain a case load of students referred for YMEC services
- Facilitate evidence-based trauma informed groups as needed, based on consultation with the Community Schools Coordinator and School Administrators.
- Provide crisis intervention services
- Respond to student referrals in a timely manner, and notify referral source of the disposition of the referral while maintaining client confidentiality.
- Assess student needs and make appropriate referrals to health-related resources and information.
- Provide workshops to caregivers and school personnel on trauma-related topics.
- Coordinate closely with the Community Schools Coordinator and other health providers on campus
- Maintain effective communication with school administrators and other school personnel, informing them about activities and services and eliciting their input into program development.
- Conduct assessments and provide follow-up education and referrals to students who have been identified as “highest needs”.
- Communicate with parents in order to inform them about services, provide linkage and referrals to resources in the community, and obtain consent for treatment of minors.
- Engage parents and families as part of the healing process for young men referred to YMEC services.
- Meet with parents and guardians face-to-face whenever possible to gather information and to elicit their support for client goals.
- Maintain client case files.
- Attend disposition meetings and other school and BACR meetings as required.
- Provide teacher consultation to increase the understanding of violence and trauma and their effects on survivors, and offer solutions to better support students.
- Develop additional resources for the student health and enrichment center by linking with other programs and institutions in the community.
Skills and Knowledge
- Proven track record of working effectively within schools with in a multi-ethnic and economically diverse urban community.
- Understanding of trauma-informed practices required.
- Must have previous experience providing individual and group counseling to adolescents at a school setting, and must demonstrate a strong understanding of the social, developmental and mental health issues of adolescents and their families.
- Strong skills in group facilitation, especially with this population
- Experience and commitment to collaborating with parents, teachers and school staff.
- Masters Degree in Counseling, Clinical Social Work or Psychology preferred.
- Spanish language ability preferred.
- A commitment to and strong belief in the mission of the agency;
- Ability to maintain goals and priorities in dealing with varying challenges;
- Ability to be flexible in working with people and organizations with different viewpoints.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.