The Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapist position will be housed at UpStreet, providing mental health services to people aged 12-22. UpStreet is an accessible, stigma-free, teen drop-in center and website. Mental health services will range from counseling to brief support to group work, as well as other projects and interventions as needed. Currently all services are provided virtually but a return to in-person services is anticipated.
The Psychotherapist is responsible for preteen, teen, and young adult individual and group counseling, including intake evaluations, assessments, and treatment. They will assist in the development of specialized training and staff development, participate in case reviews, and all unit research activities. The psychotherapist will be required to be trained in teen mental health first aid, suicide prevention, and other mental health interventions tailored to the population served. Position will have some oversight and interaction with all aspects of UpStreet services, including, but not limited to, the Student Advisory Board, the text-based Peer Mentoring program and interacting with clients who “drop in” through the online “chat” portal.
JFCS is known as a local leader in providing innovative and effective social service solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages and walks of life. Support ranges from counseling services, career services, guardianship services, immigration legal services, refugee and immigrant services, scholarship services and we run the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. We offer support without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, gender, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling or related field
- Must be licensed by the Commonwealth of PA and eligible for insurance credentialing
- Experience in a clinical setting treating children, youth and families
- Have an understanding of and basic skills of various social media (including but not exclusive to Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok).
- Ability to communicate effectively and professionally at all levels with co-workers, family members, supervisors, and other service providers
- Must have cultural sensitivity to the varied populations served by the agency
- Fluency in a second language preferred. Spanish or Arabic are the most frequently requested languages; other languages will be considered
- Ability to work some evenings and be on call for weekend duties.
- Undertakes preteen, teen, adolescent and young adult counseling cases
- Conducts intake evaluations for all assigned referrals, as well as interpreting diagnostic assessments that assist in formulation of an appropriate diagnosis.
- Facilitates open and topical support groups and group therapy
- Provides Brief Support intervention, Teen Mental Health First Aid, and other short-term interventions for populations served
- Utilize text-based supports as needed with clients and teen peer support participants
- Participates and presents cases for review and discussion with the other professional staff of the JFCS Counseling Department.
- Schedules and coordinates client referrals as warranted by individual client needs
Training and Consultation:
- Participates in the development of training seminars, workshops, and teleconferences for presentations to JFCS staff and other mental health professionals.
- Provides ongoing and specialized consultation, training, and skill development activities for service providers as requested.
- Assist in the design and implementation of UpStreet outcome assessment initiatives
- Provides written progress notes for all client interactions
- Provides documentation of treatment plans and treatment plan reviews, in accordance with JFCS policies.
- Completes timesheets on a daily basis
- Other duties as assigned.
Please email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapist” in the subject line.