IPS Counselor

Philadelphia 19122, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

Counselor will provide youth with group and individual counseling on site and in the home. He/She will provide onsite programming including, but not limited to, clinical groups, recreation, field trips, etc. Counselors will plan and execute program activities. Counselor will conduct and determine need for referral, especially for substance abuse and mental health needs. Counselor will develop step-down and discharge with Case Manager on each youth. Counselor will be part of a team to develop the most appropriate service plan for the youth and his/her family.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual/group counseling on site and in the home
  • Function as point of contact for NSCA Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) referral system
  • Provide quality, evidence-based programming for youth on site
  • Be present for programming
  • Conduct and or participate in assessments of youth with parents/guardian input. This includes intake, Service Plans, Discharge Plans etc.
  • Lead the team developing the Individual Service Plan and consult regularly with Case Manager and staff about the progress of plan implementation
  • Participate in monthly case review meetings with the team, ensuring that each child's progress towards meeting the IPS driven outcomes will be reviewed at least monthly
  • Link parents to program and work to involve families in planned family program activities
  • Consult with Department of Human Services (DHS) Liaison about referrals based on assessment
  • Communicate with all stakeholders about step down and discharge and create Discharge & Referral and Linkage Plan
  • Document all services provided for each family including, but not limited to, assessments, progress notes, service plans, and monthly statistical and narrative reports both in databases and hard file
  • Observe professional confidentiality procedures about the youth and family
  • Maintain excellent relations with the assigned Case Manager and the team
  • Provide mandatory home visits
  • Make court appearances, as needed
  • Attend all required meetings and trainings, attend weekly supervision
  • Adhere to DHS standards, protocol and expectations
  • Adhere to Norris Square Community Alliance's policies, protocol and expectations
  • Participate in transporting clients to and from program, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Master's Degree in relevant field (social work, behavioral health counseling, other)
  • Diagnostic experience a plus
  • Two years direct service experience with youth and families, exposure to juvenile justice system
  • Excellent organizations skills, ability to effectively handle documentation and paperwork
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and in collaborative environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish and English
  • Strong communication skills-written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact with individuals of different racial, cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds
  • Valid driver's license and car or strong knowledge of local Septa routes
  • Familiarity with the Norris Square community and its service providers



Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds
  • Ability to climb steps

To Apply: Please email youre resume to Ms. Ada Gomez, HR Director, at agomez@nscaphila.org


*NSCA is an equal opportunity employer


Contact: HR Director Ada Gomez

E-Mail: agomez@nscaphila.org

Website: nscaonline.org

Mailing Address: 174 West Diamond Street

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