Social Worker / Mental Health Counselor


Full-time position with an excellent benefits package is available to provide counseling in our behavioral health clinic in Utica, NY and an opportunity to work at one of our satellites in Herkimer, NY (Children’s Clinic) or Dolgeville, NY (school-based).

Join a dedicated team providing crucial services to our communities.

These central New York communities are vibrant with close proximity to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Opportunities for activities such as hiking, kayaking, boating and snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding abound. A wide variety of fine or casual dining experiences, artistic pursuits and concerts/theaters are available.

37.5 hour work week, Monday thru’ Friday. Work schedule would include one evening per week from 12 Noon until 8:00 PM with flexibility as needed. Remote work on some work days is in effect at this time.

The Neighborhood Center, Inc. Behavioral Healthcare clinicians (LCSW, LMHC, LMFT) could be eligible for The NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) awards up to $50,000 in exchange for a two-year commitment to provide primary mental/behavioral health care at our approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.

JOB DESCRIPTION: A Social Worker / Mental Health Counselor is expected to work with an assigned caseload of children, families and/or adults. In addition to clinical and therapeutic duties, he/she may be asked to perform some supervision and management functions. He/she functions with independence and competence to provide services for clients. He/she conducts individual, family and group therapy as well as crisis intervention to assist clients in establishing basic emotional support and encouragement leading to constructive living patterns.
Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to:
• Provides direct therapeutic services to clients and their families according to need.
• Conducts strength based assessments to identify client/family needs.
• Provides follow-up before, during and after services in order to be responsive to the needs of client/families as they surface and to help determine satisfaction with services and obtain recommendations for service enhancement.
• Functions as an interdisciplinary team member at all conferences designed to diagnose and treat clients.
• Maintains contact and consults with community agencies as the clients’ mental health advocate and as a mental health professional for the treatment team.
• Provides outreach to engage treatment resistant high-risk families and/or adults.
• Provides input for clinical planning within the clinic.
• Assists in linking clients to outside agencies and community resources as indicated and appropriate.
• Maintains timely, complete and accurate record documentation.
• Attends and participates in staff/agency meetings.
• Accepts emergency cases and/or the assignment of other clients by supervisory staff.
• Maintains self in a professional manner at all times, adhering to OMH guidelines, Neighborhood Center policy and procedures and in keeping with the Agency’s mission statement, as well as NASW Code of Ethics, as applicable.
• Performs other duties as requested by Agency Administration.

• Extensive knowledge of mental health issues affecting children, adolescents and their families and adults.
• Experience in providing individual, family and group therapies to severely emotionally disturbed children and their families and adults.
• Ability to maintain expectations for timeliness and accuracy in the performance of the job functions.
• Ability to function as an interdisciplinary team member.
• Some flexibility in work schedule needed with possibility of providing services at school sites.

• Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) with eligibility for NYS License required and must obtain License (LMSW) within six (6) months of employment


• Master’s in Mental Health Counseling (MHC), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) or Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) and actively working toward obtaining a NYS License: LMHC, LMFT, or LCAT required. EOE

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