Clinician and Synagogue Social Worker

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey | Florham Park, NJ, United States

Posted Date 8/15/2022

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Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of their supervisor, the Clinician provides client-driven services in a timely, prompt manner within the Agency practice setting. They will provide direct clinical services and may carry responsibility for specialized services and duties as assigned by their supervisor. The Clinician will meet or exceed Agency expectations of the number of scheduled weekly sessions and is available to their client caseload if an urgent need arises. This position also requires providing onsite consultation and social work support to the synagogue community.

Duties and Responsibilities as Clinician

1. Provide direct counselling services (including individual, couples, family and/or group treatment practices) to a range of Agency clients. The Clinician will incorporate up to date and evidence-based counselling techniques and strategies into practice when appropriate and may utilize a specialty in a particular area of practice.

2. Evaluate client’s psychosocial needs, history, and status to develop initial diagnostic assessment.

3. Formulate and implement treatment/service plans based on client’s stated treatment goals. Evaluate, modify, or change client’s treatment goals, based on progress and within NJ state regulations.

4. Responsible for up-to-date record keeping and report writing, as needed.

5. Assess client’s financial needs and recommend assistance or other budgetary expenditures for clients when appropriate.

6. Provide mental health education and support to community groups, when requested.

7. Participate in Agency quality assurance and utilization review when asked.

8. Responsible for practicing in accordance with the Agency policies and procedures and the NASW code of ethics.

9. Maintains active involvement in the social welfare policy as related to primary area of service responsibility, participates in professional seminars, conferences, workshops, etc., to increase professional knowledge; incorporates new developments into practice whenever appropriate; may prepare written material for publication for own professional development, contribution to the field and enhancement of Agency image, programs, or related services.

Duties and Responsibilities as a Synagogue worker:

The JFS Synagogue Social Worker is placed at the synagogue for regularly scheduled number of hours per week, where they are available to provide:

· Consultation and training regarding mental health and social service perspectives to the Rabbi (s), Executive Director, Education Director, Program Director, Teachers or other clergy and the lay leadership of the congregation, to enhance their capacity to identify and respond to needs to congregants, as indicated.

· Assistance and guidance to designated synagogues committees, such as the Caring Committee, Bikur Cholim Committees, Social Action Committee, etc.

· Direct social work services for members of the Congregation that may include any or all of the following:

o Crisis intervention.

o Brief, time-limited counselling to identify problem(s) and facilitate connection to and intervention by the most appropriate JFS service or other community referrals, as indicated.

o Case management, advocacy and research to access services.

o Information and referral.

o Organize and facilitate support group(s)-(Bereavement, Caregivers, Single Parent, Divorce, etc.)

o Organize and/or facilitate Jewish Family Life Education workshops and community education programming.

o Will report monthly statistics of services provided to Agency supervisor

Skills Required:

· Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in written form.

· Ability to make home visits, if required.

· Some positions may require ability to operate a motor vehicle.

· Able to handle stress without significant impairment to functioning.

· Ability to apply new learning to the practice environment.

· Ability to absorb new ideas and attitudes.

· Ability to form therapeutic relationship with clients and positive collegial relationships.

· Ability to organize and manage workload.

· Ability to keep records.

· Familiarity with and sensitivity to Jewish identity (including its religious, ethical, cultural, and social values).

Education and Experience required:

· Graduation from an accredited mental health Master’s program (i.e.: Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Marriage and Family Therapy)

· NJ Clinical Licensure (IE: LCSW, LPC, LMFT)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 per year


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