Mental Health Counselor
The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.
The Flushing YMCA is seeking a Mental Health Counselor who will work one on one with students around concrete needs of youth as well as lead and run group sessions. Additionally, the Mental Health Counselor will assist in designing and leading trainings and life skills, immigration, single parent groups, housing/homeless needs and court mandated appointments.
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of participants in the program by providing appropriate supervision at all times.
- Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
- Conduct intake and assessments of participants and develop individual service plans to ensure success and implementation of case management.
- Assist participants in actively achieving an increased comprehension and retention of specific subject material, and improved academic skill in designated areas.
- Facilitate groups and workshops based on the expressed needs and interests of the participants, to improve attitudes, school performance and home and community relationships.
- Help participants develop necessary study skills for life success. Provide case management and refer to outside resources and agencies as needed.
- Act as client’s advocate in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations, refer youth, clients, or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary
- Identify participants experiencing difficulty; provide encouragement and alternative solutions.
- Work with Education Specialist/ Coordinator, Site Director and school staff to understand academic expectations of day school, and develop activities, assignments, practice tests, and strategies accordingly.
- Document, track, and maintain regular progress and academic records of designated participants. Provide feedback regarding participant progress as needed.
- Assist participants in developing self-confidence and reducing anxiety or fear of failure in academic work.
- Work with participants to develop a high level of motivation and positive attitudes toward learning and studying by acknowledging student efforts as well as their progress and achievements.
- Work cooperatively with professional staff, teachers, and other program and DOE school staff.
- Create and maintain a strength-based, youth-focused atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to the needs of participants with learning, emotional, or behavioral differences.
- Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, and accident reports, as appropriate).
- Serve as a positive role model for participants.
- Understand and communicate the YMCA’s core values and the goals of the Y After School Program to participants and care givers.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about their child’s strengths and areas of growth.
- Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events, as appropriate.
- Adhere to all Department of Health, YMCA of Greater New York, and funder standards, expectations, and regulations.
- Other activities and duties as needed that address the ongoing health and well-being of our staff and members.
- Follow and maintain sanitary habits in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Desired Skills & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Minimum two (2) years of experience working with youth and teens.
- Possess an understanding and knowledge of public-school functions. Remote facilitation experience preferred.
- General knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of Access, Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop preferred.
We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity.
How to Apply:
If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.
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