Latin American Youth Center’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) in Montgomery County serves youth and young adults ages 16-24 by providing GED instruction, Job Readiness Training and life skills workshops, and wrap around supportive services. Through this holistic experience, participants drive the connections to education and employment and join a welcoming community of peers and staff.
LAYC/MMYC seeks a full time Youth and Family Counselor to provide on-site individual, family, and group counseling services to LAYC/MMYC youth ages 16 to 24 and their families. Engagements include meeting with clients, conducting diagnostic assessments and case plans, crisis intervention, and referrals to external resources. The counselor is responsible for maintaining an active caseload averaging 12 clients and also provides supervision and consultation to case management staff and student interns pursuing MSW or counseling related degrees.
This position serves 40 hours a week, out of the Silver Spring site located at 8700 Georgia Ave Suite 500, Silver Spring MD 20910.
- Receives and manages counseling referrals and schedules screenings and assessments;
- Conducts assessments for assigned clients, including Psychosocial and CAFAS;
- Conceptualizes and summarizes assessment information in written form (including diagnostic impressions) according to DSM-V within one week of initial interview;
- Develops Individual Plan of Care (IPC) with the client. Consults with Clinical Supervisor and obtains required signatures on diagnostic assessments and IPCs within two weeks of initial interview;
- Updates IPCs at least every six months and/or when client’s condition(s) changes and obtains Clinical Supervisor’s approval;
- Updates the Diagnostic assessment every six months and submits it to the Clinical Supervisor for approval;
- Provides individual, and family counseling services as outlined in client’s IPC;
- Assists the Managing Director in the provision of crisis intervention to other MMYC-Silver Spring participants;
- Oversees the provision of case management for assigned clients, as indicated in the client’s IPC;
- Makes appropriate referrals as outlined in client’s plan of care, making sure that required services are delivered on a timely basis;
- Documents, in client’s file and Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), all contacts with youth, family members, LAYC staff, and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of client services;
- Contributes to the elaboration and update of group syllabi on issues such as anger management, acculturation, depression/anxiety, trauma, and parent support;
- Conducts one hour life skills workshops to GED students, as available, for the purpose of recruitment and outreach;
- Attends monthly programmatic meeting with MMYC- Managers to address programmatic and administrative issues;
- Prepares monthly client summary reports to monitor client’s progress and submits summary reports to the Clinical Supervisor for review by the fifth working day of each month;
- Provides guidance and consultation to case managers to support their work in identifying appropriate referral sources for health and/or mental health services;
- Reviews and assigns cases to counseling interns and counselor under supervision;
- Provides monthly group supervision (one hour) to case managers;
- Provides monthly individual supervision (one hour) to case managers, to support in the provision of case management and reviews case management plans, assessments, and interventions for active caseload;
- Provides quarterly in-service trainings on mental health topics and those that support the provision of case management services;
- Supports and provides input to the design, expansion and coordination of mental health services for LAYC/MMYC;
- Reports on time, unless a legitimate excuse is provided;
- Improves professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions as allowed by the time and funding constraints;
- Performs other activities specifically assigned by the Clinical Supervisor and/or Managing Director;
- Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.
- Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field;
- Licensure of at least LGSW/LMSW. LCSW or LCSW-C encouraged;
- Two years of experience in the field of youth development/human services;
- At least two-years experience working with adolescents and families, preferably in a community-based and multicultural setting;
- Complete criminal, TB and child abuse and neglect clearances;
- Obtain CPR and First Aid certifications
- Valid Driver’s license.
- Fluency in English, (also Spanish preferred);
- Knowledge of services and resources in the areas of mental health;
- Knowledge in crisis intervention;
- Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs and determine the optimal treatment strategies;
- Ability to conduct individual, family and group counseling sessions;
- Excellent communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
- Computer proficiency.
This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.