New York Foundling Camp Felix Camp Social Worker in Putnam Valley, New York

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We are currently seeking Camp Social Worker for Camp Felix, 2018 (Staff Training: July 23—29; Camp Dates: July 30—August 24)

Position Description:

The Social Worker works under direct supervision of the Camp Director to achieve Camp Felix goals and objectives by providing on-site mental health services to campers and helping them deal with any issues/crises while at camp. Specific responsibilities include:

- Participate in training of staff and lead appropriate workshops for staff about various mental health issues affecting children and youth.
- Assist with camp adjustment issues and the separation anxieties of parents and campers; help campers adjust to the camp environment.
- Provide support to staff as they deal with camper behavior problems such as aggression, teasing, or bullying.
- Be alert to issues that may arise from pre-existing family situations involving abuse/neglect, foster care placement/movement, separation from family, substance abuse, etc. Work with counseling staff as appropriate.
- Consult with and guide staff as they deal with children with diagnosed disorders such as, but not limited to, ADD, ADHD, OCD, Eating Disorders, Oppositional/Defiant Disorder, Bi-Polar, etc.
- Work closely with the camp Health Director to monitor the overlap of the physical and emotional wellbeing of campers.
- Observe groups and give feedback on group dynamics & brainstorm with staff possible interventions.
- Keep Camp Director and Assistant Director informed of all appropriate situations and issues as they arise through both informal daily conversations and formal documentation.
- Maintain regular contact with parents/guardians/case planners of campers who present mental health issues and consult with them in situations where behavior or adjustment issues arise.
- Provide individual counseling as needed to campers and respond to crises/emergencies that may arise as a result of camper behavioral/emotional problems.
- Help campers engage in appropriate problem solving and conflict resolution within the cabin.
- Meet twice weekly with Camp Director to talk about camper issues, staff performance and courses of action.
- Keep Camp Director informed regarding any issue that might question our ability to have a child remain in or return to camp.
- Make recommendations to case planners to be sure any necessary follow-up with families occur.
- Other duties as assigned.

Other Requirements:

- MSW required.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- At least 2 years of clinical experience with children, teens and their families required, preferably in child welfare setting.
- Must have some knowledge of the child welfare system.
- Previous experience working in a residential camp environment or other residential setting preferred.
- Prior camp experience (as a camper or staff member) and knowledge of the camp environment/culture preferred.
- Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Must have the ability to form strong working relationships with other staff in a short period of time.
- Must be able to connect with children and youth who are involved in the child welfare system and quickly assess the children who will need the most attention.
- Must be proficient in managing and maintaining confidential client records.
- Must be a team player, able to think on their feet and take initiative and respond quickly and calmly in emergency/crisis situations.
- Must be able to utilize best practices to protect the mental health and wellbeing of him/herself, other staff, and the campers.
- Must be able to work well with other staff and relate well to groups of young people.
- Must be available for training week/weekend and all 4 weeks of camp.