Psychologist - Child Development Center

Location: Child Development Center
City: Manhattan
State/Territory: New York
ZIP/Postal code: 10037
Borough: Manhattan
Division: Community Treatment & Support
Program/Department: 6621A | CDC Henry and Louise Loeb Therapeutic Nursery Sch. (EC)
Salary Range:
Salary Information: Salaried
Position Control #: 3032

About Us

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services ("The Jewish Board") began over a century ago as a network of volunteers, bringing food and clothing to poor and immigrant Jewish families. Today, The Jewish Board is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive mental health and social service agencies, providing support and care for individuals and families at every stage of life and of all faiths, races and cultures.

The Jewish Board promotes recovery, resilience and self-sufficiency to over 40,000 New Yorkers annually at over 75 locations throughout the five boroughs and at a 125 acre campus in Westchester. Our mission to provide health and human services to all New Yorkers is built upon the professionalism and compassion of over 3,000 employees, including professional social workers, family therapists, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, and a corps of 1,000 dedicated volunteers. Together, we build hope for all New Yorkers.


Description

OVERVIEW:

The Child Development Center (CDC) is a nationally recognized division of The Jewish Board that uses a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, services, and programs to help young children and their families. Children may have a range of behavioral, developmental and emotional difficulties.

The psychologist will serve in the Therapeutic Nursery.

  • Therapeutic nursery: The psychologist on a therapeutic nursery interdisciplinary classroom team provides a broad based understanding of the children’s overall development, including but not limited to their emotional life, cognitive strengths and weaknesses and social skills and deficits. The psychologist helps integrate the information from each discipline/service on the team into a comprehensive understanding of the whole child, and uses this understanding to inform interventions that support the child’s development in a variety of critical domains.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES (include but are not limited to):  

  • Therapeutic Nursery:
    • Enhancing the understanding of how to improve play and social skills crucial in childhood development, integrating the expertise from providers in speech and language, occupational/physical therapy, and the educational staff.
    • Contributing to the understanding of family dynamics, and to developing interventions that help parents understand their child’s unique makeup, that help them come to terms with their child’s challenges, and facilitate their parenting skills. 
    • Helping facilitate the team in enlisting a parent’s collaboration, to the best of that parent’s ability, and negotiate complicated situations as they arise. 
    • Depending on experience, the team psychologist may be the “family worker” for a more complex or demanding family, providing ongoing parent guidance, school observation, and serving as the liaison between the family and the nursery team.
    • The most experienced psychologists supervise the psychology trainees on the team who provide direct services in the form of CPSE mandated counseling and psychological assessments.
    • Conducting weekly classroom observation of clients and attend interdisciplinary team meetings, parent team conferences, and meet with individual team members on an ad hoc basis.
    • Providing play therapy to several children who have IEP counseling mandates.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • NYS Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) 
  • 2-3 years of clinical experience with young children who may present with behavioral difficulties, developmental challenges, and traumatic stress reactions.
  • Experience in individual, dyadic, family and group treatment a plus.
  • Spanish speaker is a plus.




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