Looking to work for a dynamic organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of girls? Want to know that what you is contributing to making big changes? Join a team that uses a 4 prong approach to change policies for girls at risk or in the juvenile justice system! At the Policy Center, we utilize research, advocacy, training and technical assistance and Model Programming to change the lives of girls by changing laws! We have changed 5 laws in the 9 years we have been open. Join our team as a Mental Health Therapist and know that what you do isn’t just touching one life but is contributing to making the community and State better.
Essential duties and responsibilities
The Mental Health Professional works as part of a team within Model Programming to provide girl-centered mental health individual and group counseling and care management to girls, young women, and individuals who identify as girls/young women, who are involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system or are at risk for justice-system involvement. In alignment with the Policy Center mission, the mental health professional uses their experiences with the girls to inform the research and advocacy departments as to patterns, themes and trends related to providing girl centered care. • Provide incarceration alternatives to judges, state attorney and JPO’s • Inform research and strategic advocacy agendas by elevating girls’ voices and stories to Policy Center leadership • Identify girls’ individual needs and refer to appropriate community resources • Travel throughout Duval, Clay, Baker, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties to provide services in homes, schools, detention facilities, community agencies, and other locations as needed • Advocate for girls’ needs alongside and/or on behalf of girls and their families in courts, schools, and other systems • Build collaborative relationships with community providers and officials who impact the lives of girls • Provide compassionate access to girls and families in times of crisis
• Understanding of Girl-Centered Principles – Understands girl-centered principles and is willing to grow in knowledge of these principles • Growth-Mindset – Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embraces reflective practice • Solution-Oriented – Brings possible solutions when presenting obstacles or challenges to supervisor • Collaborative – Seeks input and buy-in from girls, colleagues, and external partners, as appropriate Individual: • Counseling and Support Skills - o Experience providing trauma-informed counseling and healing-centered engagement o Knowledge of resources available to girls and families in Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, and Baker counties; or demonstrated ability to develop resource networks • Documentation – demonstrated ability to document interventions appropriately and on deadline
Education and Experience
Master’s Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field • Individual must be licensed or license-eligible in the state of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor or Clinical Social Worker • Professional experience in education, child welfare, social service, and/or juvenile justice • Minimum of 2 years working with girls