This is a professional position involving the delivery of counseling and psychotherapy services to clients with social, emotional, and related difficulties. Responsibilities include but are not limited to intake; diagnostic assessment and evaluation; treatment planning; individual and group therapy; maintenance of case records; community education; coordination of treatment with other agencies and professionals providing ancillary services; and participation in client discharge planning. Case assignments and administrative supervision received from the Clinic Director. Clinical supervision provided. Peer assessment and suggestions regarding treatment plans developed at weekly unit meetings.
Day to Day Functions:
1. Maintain an individual caseload, providing clients with individual and group therapy;
2. Assist with the pre-intake, intake, and screening of new clients into the system, compiling information on clients' psycho-social history;
3. Make differential diagnosis of clients' problems and refer clients to appropriate programs;
4. Formulate treatment plan for individual clients and modify treatment plan on an on-going basis to reflect client's behavior changes as a result of therapy;
5. Maintain case records, documenting all client contacts and meeting deadlines for required paperwork.
6. Prepare client for the completion of treatment;
7. Refer client to Case Manager and/or Licensed Prescriber for needed services which would not be under jurisdiction of this position;
8. Coordinate clients' treatment with other agencies such as schools, Social Services, Probation Department, etc;
9. Provide preventive care on substance abuse, mental health issues, etc. through information and educational community activities;
10. Develop and implement follow-up studies to determine program effectiveness;
11. Respond to queries from insurance companies, Social Services and other agencies concerning pertinent client information;
12. Provide training on issues related to mental health treatment;
13. Provide advocacy for patients and act as liaison with community resources;
Knowledge, Skills and abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the principles and theories of modern social casework; thorough knowledge of the factors which contribute to mental, emotional, and social maladjustment and of therapeutic techniques to treat those affected; good knowledge of the terminology of the mental health field; good knowledge of personality development; ability to relate sympathetically to client population; ability to maintain competency and to keep abreast of latest developments in the mental health field; ability to understand the methodology and results of research projects; ability to compile and organize statistical data; ability to organize work; ability to maintain records; ability to develop and maintain collaborative and supportive working relationships with all members of the clinical and clerical staff; inform Clinic Director of relevant clinical and administrative issues; consult appropriately; actively support program goals and system improvements/changes; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; initiative; resourcefulness; tact; courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.
Medical, dental, and vision coverage
403(b) retirement plan
Group term life and long-term disability insurance
Supplemental life insurance & accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
Paid vacation, holiday, sick, and personal time
Supplemental insurance through AFLAC
Employee assistance program (EAP)
We are an equal opportunity employer and our goal is to be a diverse workforce representative of the community we serve. Family Services follows federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment. We do not discriminate against employees or applicants in violation of those laws.
Internal Number: 1282
About Family Services
Family Services is a large not-for-profit agency located in Poughkeepsie, NY with a mission to help families and individuals help themselves through direct services, collaboration and advocacy. With a total staff of approximately 200 employees and volunteers, Family Services provides services to over 9000 individuals and families annually in Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties . Family Services provides services to youth, family, and crime victims through a number of programs. Family Services’ is located in and maintains the Family Partnership Center which houses approximately 20 not-for-profit agencies offering a number of different services the community.