Youth and Community Clinician
The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime, violence and victimization and strengthen communities. The Center creates operating projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. One of these demonstration sites is the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Operating out of a storefront since the summer of 1998, the Mediation Center provides anti-violence programs, youth programs and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods.
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center works to strengthen the neighborhoods it serves in order to make them safer and more vibrant by engaging the local residents in problem solving and civic engagement. Key programs focus on youth organizing, expanding and providing mental health services for young men of color, violence intervention and prevention as well as a volunteer run legal resource clinic. A key project of the Mediation Center, Save Our Streets Brooklyn (S.O.S.), is a community based effort to end gun violence based on the Cure Violence model.
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation, is seeking a Youth and Community Clinician to provide therapeutic and clinical services to people in the Crown Heights neighborhood who have been over-exposed to violence and other forms of adversity.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide individual and crisis counseling to youth in the programs at the Mediation Center including Yo SOS and S.O.S.
- Connect clients who need benefits and emergency assistance to appropriate services and assist with case management
- As a member of the clinical team, work alongside Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters to identify high risk individuals
Mental Health and Wellness Education and Outreach:
- Create innovative public education materials that help share coping strategies and other mental health and wellness tips
- Provide workshops in schools to teach about violence prevention, conflict resolution, mental health and wellness
- Support family members who’ve experienced homicide or other forms of loss due to violence (in a group setting, as needed)
Supervision and Meetings:
- Participate in clinical supervision
- Participate in case conferencing meetings with non-clinical case management staff (as needed)
- Participate in agency staff meetings, self-care activities and trainings
- Communicate effectively with multiple stake holders including CHCMC Deputy Director, Director of Trauma Support Services, and Youth Programs Associate Director
- Participation in monthly calls and any trainings coordinated and required by DOHMH
- Keep accurate documentation of all work and submit accurate reports monthly
- Canvass community alongside S.O.S. staff
- Attend community events with S.O.S. staff to enhance their gun violence intervention works
- MSW or related degree
- Belief in the innate capacity of youth to positively impact their community.
- Extremely punctual and reliable, highly organized and detail-oriented.
- Well organized, demonstrated ability to prioritize, detail-oriented
- Strong written & verbal skills
- Ability to work some evenings & weekends as needed
- Knowledge of youth engagement, victimization, community violence and intimate partner violence necessary.
- Understanding of the criminal justice system.
- Understanding of violence interrupter/Cure Violence projects desirable.
- Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and as part of a team.
- Experience with individual case management and counseling.
- Understanding of complex trauma reactions.
- Experience working with youth and families from “high risk” communities, especially young men of color and juvenile justice-involved youth.
- Experience working either in the community or in a variety of settings: homes, schools, neighborhoods, other agencies, etc.
Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:
Subject line: Youth and Community Clinician
Note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.