Position: Social Practitioner
Reports To: Unit Leader
Fountain House ("FH"), a world-renowned community mental health organization, successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. Founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery. Each year, over 1,300 members come to FH to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities & forge new friendships.
FH creates a culture that transforms lives. Our members, in partnership with staff, operate employment, education, housing & wellness programs. They perform all activities, including advocacy, administrative support, building maintenance & food preparation that keep our community going. Members hold jobs, graduate from schools, develop social networks & experience fewer hospitalizations & improved overall health. Increased fulfillment, sense of purpose & stability inevitably follow.
A Social Practitioner utilizes community as a therapeutic tool to address the negative or social symptoms often associated with Serious Mental Illness (SMI.) FH is looking for creative, dynamic & community-focused individuals to provide direct support to adults with serious mental illness in an innovative community-based program. For nearly seventy years, FH has used a person-in-environment approach to create working communities that help individuals with mental illness to successfully manage their recovery. Candidates would join a team of staff & individuals with mental illness to create a holistic community of recovery that follows our evidence-based model.
*This position does not provide clinical supervision or hours towards a LCSW.
• Utilize the community to design positive interventions to deal with common barriers such as social isolation, poor self-esteem, anxiety, symptom management & poverty.
• Create access to environments outside of FH that are not therapeutically-oriented to build general skills, a sense of confidence & to support members’ self efficacy. This includes the provision of on-site support in employment, education & housing environments outside of FH.
• Develop relationships with FH members & the community as a whole that can be leveraged to: provide support for positive change & risk-taking; combat social isolation & increase meaningful connections; and introduce members to new opportunities.
• Engineer various environments & social interactions to create therapeutic results & develop an accessible positive community.
• Observe & assess experiences with members in a variety of naturalistic environments in order to create specific interventions for individuals’ rehabilitation.
• Other duties, as assigned.
• Must possess current & valid U.S. work authorization & be eligible to work for any U.S. employer without sponsorship.
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
• Positive, dynamic & engaging personality.
• Flexibility, as demonstrated by interchangeability with other staff on the unit, staying late or arriving early, if necessary to fulfill unit or member needs.
• Must be able to work Monday – Friday: 9AM to 5PM and occasionally work on evenings, weekends & some holidays.
• Experience working with individuals with serious mental illness and/or hands-on experience in a community setting.