ABOUT LINKING YOUTH TO NATURAL COMMUNITIES
Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC) is a center-based program
for at-risk youth and families. LYNC provides supports and services to
help court-involved youth, ages 12 - 17, overcome challenges and
remain safely in the community. The program provides a comprehensive
array of individualized, strength-based services to target behavior
change and recidivism reduction. Staff aim to ensure meaningful
connections to community-based and natural supports to promote youth
and family success.
Provides limited, brief individual and/or family therapy, as needed
to LYNC youth and families while they are awaiting an appointment with
qualified provider in their community. Also administer the YLS/CMI
when needed and/or bio-psycho-social assessment. Assists in
implementing programmatic and agency priorities within the LYNC program.
- Provides direct services to LYNC youth and their families which
- Screening, assessment and engagement
- Formulation and contracting for services or treatment plan
- Implementation of treatment plan, modifying it as appropriate
during the course of treatment
- Crisis management-oriented services
- Administering the YLS/CMI as needed and/or a bio-psycho-social assessment
- Discharge planning which may include linkages to community
- Clinical documentation required by agency and program
policies, HIPAA regulations, and funding sources.
- Provision of service in the office or other identified setting
to meet the unique needs of families served.
- Works as a team member with other LYNC staff to respond to
youth and families and programmatic needs, including the
implementation of agency policies, procedures, and initiatives.
- Participate in all quality assurance activities as required.
- Partners with Supervisor to identify and develop plans for
- Engage in strength-based, culturally competent,
trauma-informed and gender responsive interactions with youth
- Uphold all program expectations.
- Promote a safe, welcoming environment with a focus on risk
reduction and positive behavior change.
- Partners with other program staff to identify and develop
approaches to address clients’ unmet needs or service gaps.
- Contributes to program functioning by assuming responsibility
for special tasks or leadership in special projects as appropriate.
- Participates in Clinical Supervisor and management trainings
- Contributes to agency organizational life by participating in
agency wide task forces, committees or problem solving teams as appropriate.
- Contributes to agency visibility and development of community
linkages by representing the Village in community groups or committees.
- Attend various trainings and meetings as needed to meet the
requirements of the position.
- Acquiring and maintaining the needed skills in evidenced based
models that the agency/ program ascribe to.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor,
or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a minimum of two
years’ experience. Licensed eligible clinicians with commensurate
experience may be considered in collaboration with funder.
- Bilingual/bicultural skills preferred.
- Cultural competency to serve a diverse population.
- Demonstrated understanding of risk-needs-responsivity principles
and risk reduction initiatives.
- Juvenile Justice experience.
- Strong diagnostic, assessment and treatment skills for individual,
family and group therapy.
- Extensive experience working with culturally diverse urban
populations, juvenile justice youth, a wide age range, and a variety
of clinical presentations.
- Knowledge of mental health, child welfare systems, and community resources.
- Good organizational, communication and supervisory skills.
- Ability to function autonomously in day to day responsibilities;
yet, seek consultation appropriately when needed.
- Proficiency with word processing and general computer skills.
- May require weekend and evening hours.
- Physically able to perform the essential functions of the
position, with or without reasonable accommodations. These
responsibilities include but are not limited to, the ability to
function safely in a therapeutic situation.
About The Program
Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC) is a center-based program for court-involved youth ages 12-17 and their families. Clinicians work with youth to make sustainable behavioral changes by providing an array of services that promote skill-building opportunities and connections to community supports. Services include crisis stabilization, individual and family therapy, case management, educational and vocational supports, and more.
About The Village
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If you’d like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us!
The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including:
- Medical and Prescription Coverage
- Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Annual on-site flu clinics
- Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance
- Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance
- Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance
- 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match
Advancement in your Career
- Annual Professional License Reimbursement
- Clinical Supervision toward Licensure
- Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)
- Student Loan Forgiveness Program – National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services
- Paid Holidays
- Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave