Overview: Founded in 1972, The Door empowers educationally and economically disadvantaged youth to reach their potential by providing a complete range of services all under one roof. Each year over 11,000 young people from across New York City come to The Door for health care, mental health counseling, legal services, supportive housing, GED, ESL, tutoring, college preparation, career services, job placement, daily meals, and cultural arts.
The Senior Health Counselor provides direct client counseling to adolescents regarding birth control, pregnancy, options, HIV/AIDS, parenting, childbirth, prenatal care, and abortion; serious and complex issues including rape, child abuse, depression, or domestic violence.
Responsibilities: • Completes psychosocial assessments and initial interviews. • Evaluates the total scope of the client’s needs with subsequent referral to other services as needed, including detailed follow-up on all referrals made. • Individual and group education/counseling with adolescents around birth control, HIV/AIDS & prevention, initial physical examinations, and abortion. • Provides HIV education, and pre and post test counseling. • Participates in interdisciplinary case management system. • Provides crisis intervention including consultation with Health Educators and other health center staff as needed. • Makes direct appearances in welfare, court and or community agencies when necessary as a client/patient advocate. • Participate in regularly scheduled treatment planning conferences with Door Staff and with relevant staff from outside agencies. • Maintains appropriate logs, i.e. HIV and Positive Pregnancy Tests, etc. • Provides health education counseling prior to and following walk-in pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, and pregnancy evaluation candidates. • Makes appropriate referrals for pregnancy terminations and provides post-abortion counseling. • In community-based assignments, responsible for conducting classroom presentations and small group sessions, providing counseling and referrals for health, education, legal services, mental health counseling or other Door services. • Represents “The Door” and its philosophy to outside agencies, NYC school system, other health facilities, CBOs, health fairs and community meetings. • Coordinates the Health Education Review Committee which includes selecting materials to be reviewed, running quarterly committee meetings, maintaining committee minutes, keeping an inventory of available materials, and ordering new materials as needed. • Completes other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications: • Master’s degree in Social Work required. • Four years of relevant experience in health, adolescent health, development, prenatal, psychosocial assessment or counseling. • Knowledge of social services resources pertinent to adolescent development including issues of homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence and sexuality. • Strong organizational and communication skills. • Ability to work independently. • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Chinese preferred.