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  • Schenectady, NY
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Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor - Juvenile Justice Program

This clinical position is responsible for completing assessments (i.e. YASI, YLS-CMI, Trauma Symptom Checklist) and providing therapeutic services for the youth in the New Directions program and their families using differential treatment modalities. Examples of programmatic treatment modalities used are DBT, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and Group Curriculums. The Clinician works closely with the Case Manager as well as the child, family, legal guardian, law guardian, psychiatrist, nurse, psychologist, educators, child care staff, and other providers toward achieving permanency for the youth.  

New Directions is a gender-responsive, intensive residential treatment option serving 8 young women, ages 16 and 17, at our Children’s Home in Schenectady. These adolescents historically have entered the criminal justice system prior to the enactment of Raise the Age legislation in the state. This position is part of a multidisciplinary team that delivers an innovative program model to help young women address factors that lead to criminal behavior and work toward successful community reintegration. 

This position qualifies for a $2,000 sign-on bonus which is payable in two parts. With access to benefits including intensive paid training and continuing education, extensive paid time off, and a supportive, nurturing environment, Northern Rivers is the best place to continue your rewarding career in Human Services.  


Minimum Qualifications:    

  • Requires a Master’s degree in Social Work or a closely related field  
  • Related experience preferred  
  • Professional licensure preferred: LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, or LMFT; if candidate does not currently have licensure they must have an MSW and intend on earning licensure within a few months or be an MHC close to obtaining licensure (supervision provided by an LCSW)   
  • Requires a valid, clean driver's license   


Northern Rivers is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.  

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.