This position supports the work of the Y, a leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Mental Health Specialist cares for the mental, emotional, and social health of both camp staff and campers. This role provides professional leadership and service that assists with a positive and healthy camp experience for all. Learn more about Camp Abnaki here!
- Support the mental, emotional and social health of all participants and staff
- Must be able to relate effectively to diverse groups of people
- Assist Directors and Camp Nurse in responding to elevated behavioral or emotional situations
- Build trusting relationships with participants and staff
- Assist with delivery of staff training sessions including but not limited to topics related to prevention and intervention of participant behavioral challenges, self-care, and building relationships
- Review participant histories with administrative staff for behavioral, mental, emotional, and social health concerns
- Collaborate with appropriate staff to create support plans as needed
- Consult on participant and staff behavioral challenges
- Work within confidentiality and care guidelines and boundaries
- Build, deliver, and evaluate trainings for campers and seasonal staff
- Communicate with parents as necessary
- Ability to effectively communicate and work with all Camp programs
- Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and communicate effectively
- Degree in Social Work, Counseling/Psychology or similar
- Experience working with participants and staff in high emotional states and/or with behavioral challenges
- Desire and proven ability to positively interact, teach, build confidence and self-esteem and work with children and staff
- Previous leadership experience
- Good written, organizational, and verbal communication skills
- Strong and good character: Optimism, resilience, humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness, responsibility and adaptability
- Certification in Mental Health First Aid or equivalent is desired but not required
WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physically perform all skills required of a Mental Health Specialist.
- The ability to lift up to thirty (30) pounds.
- The ability to get from one part of camp to the next in an efficient manner to respond to emergencies.
- The ability to be outside for significant amounts of time.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law.
The Greater Burlington YMCA is an inclusive, nonprofit organization joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. Strengthening community is our cause.
Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, income, race, sex, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We value an environment that fosters dignity, respect, fairness, and appreciation for all aspects and dimensions of diversity.