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Clinical Social Worker (Fee for Service)

Supervisor: Supervisor - Children's Services

Overview : University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 32 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

University Settlement's Community Based Children and Family Treatment and Support Services provides flexible, trauma-informed and culturally competent services to children and families where they need them. Through a continuum of supports and services The Settlement works individually with children and families to develop plans that build on their strengths, supports independence and ensures that children function optimally in their homes, their schools and in the community. Community Based Child and Family Services provide psychoeducation, mental health counseling and support, skill building and coping strategies that enables children to gain mastery over challenges and flourish developmentally.


  • Conduct comprehensive, trauma informed, culturally sensitive assessments to children and adolescents in the home/community, develop mental health diagnosis where needed
  • Develop treatment plans within the context of the child/youth self-identified needs, goals and ethnic, religious and cultural identities, as well as identifying other needed service components
  • Provide individualized psychotherapy/counseling to alleviate symptoms or functional limitations identified by the child/youth's assessment/treatment plans
  • Provide crisis intervention and develop crisis management plan
  • Conduct intensive outreach to client and family
  • Facilitate service delivery in accordance to family treatment plan
  • Must become fully knowledgeable of the mental health resources in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • Coordinate treatment plans and collaborate with service providers and community partners
  • Maintain complete case management records, data collection and documentation in the program's Electronic Health Record system(s) according to Medicaid requirements
  • Become trained in and execute evidence-based models where required
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director


  • Must possess New York State licenses for professional behavioral health practitioners, such as LCSW, LMSW, LMHC, Licensed Psychoanalyst, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, etc.
  • Previously home and community based experience highly preferred
  • Firm understanding of racial inequity, strength-based work, child and youth development, attachment, trauma, and family dynamics
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and engage hard-to-reach populations as well as families and youth impacted by trauma, poverty, complex stressors, violence, mental health, etc.
  • Experience providing community and home-based services from a culturally competent and trauma-informed approach
  • Ability to navigate and support families effectively through crises
  • Excellent verbal, written and technology skills required
  • Ability to be a proactive and creative team player is a must
  • Strong organization and time management skills is a must
  • Proven track record of effectively working autonomously is a must
  • Comfortable traveling to and working in families' homes and communities
  • Bilingual skills in English/Spanish, English/Cantonese or English/Mandarin a plus
  • Experience with young children (0 - 5 years) or domestic violence or with adolescents favorable

Hours: Fee for Service Flexible hours - based on your schedule (can include weekend and early evening hours).

Salary: $50 per hour


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