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Mental Health Social Practitioner - Media and Technology Program Unit

Posted on Jun 23, 2021 by Fountain House Inc

New York, NY 10261
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Are you a licensed LMSW, MSW, LPC or Mental Health Counselor? Then this exciting Mental Health Social Practitioner opportunity with Fountain House might be of interest to you! We have several wonderful units that we hire Social Practitioners for: Communication, Culinary, Education, House & Garden, Media & Tech, Research, Senior (Silver) Center,

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A Mental Health Social Practitioner utilizes community as a therapeutic tool to address the negative or social symptoms often associated with mental illness. Fountain House is looking for creative, dynamic and a community-focused individual to provide direct support to adults with serious mental illness in an innovative community-based program. For over seventy years, Fountain House 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 and individuals with mental illness to create a holistic community of recovery that follows our evidence-based model. In this unique position, the ideal candidate would use their professional media skills to teach, empower, and support members in audio and video projects such as podcast, video, and music production.

. Requirements:


  • Utilize the community to design positive interventions to deal with common barriers such as social isolation, poor self-esteem, anxiety, symptom management, and poverty.

  • Create access to environments outside of Fountain House that are not therapeutically oriented to build general skills, a sense of confidence, and to support members self efficacy. This includes the provision of on-site support in employment, education, and housing environments outside of Fountain House.

  • Develop relationships with Fountain House members and the community as a whole that can be leveraged to: provide support for positive change and risk-taking; combat social isolation and increase meaningful connections; and introduce members to new opportunities.

  • Engineer various environments and social interactions to create therapeutic results and develop an accessible positive community.

  • Observe and assess experiences with members in a variety of naturalistic environments in order to create specific interventions for individuals rehabilitation.

  • Act as a source of education and support to the community in developing various audio and video projects such as podcasts, videos, and original music.

  • Overnight travel to High Point Farm, work some holidays including Thanksgiving, some weekend and evening hours.

  • Support and fill-in for members in their Transitional Employment (TE) opportunities, if/when needed.

  • 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 available to work Monday Friday: 9AM to 5PM and occasionally work on evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

  • Proficiency in utilizing the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, digital audio workstations, and ability to teach these to beginners/members.

  • Experience in podcasting, and ability to support our community in producing podcasts.

  • Experience in music and video production, audio engineering, and an ability to teach these skills to beginners.

  • Willingness to learn new software and technology.

  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, prioritize the needs of the community, while maintaining a positive and collaborative attitude.

  • Ability to work independently and to conduct assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.

  • Willingness and desire to work with individuals living with serious mental illness (SMI)


  • Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred.

  • 1-2 years of experience working with Individuals with SMI is highly preferred.

  • Experience providing direct services related to treatment and recovery of individuals with SMI.

Physical Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and meet all physical requirements satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please Note: We would like you to include a cover letter in your application, along with your resume and salary requirements!


Reference: 1235054251

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