Good Shepherd Services
Full Job Description
Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year – and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!
Benefits:Candidates hired in this position will work in person but will have the flexibility to work remotely when program need allows
Overview:The Psychiatrist has a critical role for the youth in Good Shepherd Services’ care. There are four major components to the psychiatrist’s role: 1) Routine and emergency psychiatric evaluations; 2) psychiatric impressions; 3) medication management and 4) Attend and be an active member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
Department: Family Foster Care and Therapeutic Foster Care
Reports To: Program Director of Mental Health
Location: 1995 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468
Hours: Part time up to 21 hours.
Provide Evaluations and Impressions:
Routine Psychiatric Evaluations, by appointment: Conduct comprehensive evaluations on an appointment basis after being provided with all available paperwork, including past medical history and, in most circumstances, a psychosocial written by a GSS staff social worker (or by staff from outside agencies, if available).
Emergency Psychiatric Consultation and Assessment when needed: Conduct an urgent assessment of a youth in crisis to assist treatment team in preventing hospitalization or to develop alternative plan. Information will be provided verbally if not in writing. External partners rely on these impressions and evaluations.
For youth who are admitted to GSS’s care already on psychotropic medications, the psychiatrist assesses and adjusts these medications as needed.
For youth requesting (or staff requesting on behalf of youth) evaluations for medications, the psychiatrist assesses whether medications are warranted and, in conjunction with Health Services, Case Planning and Social Work staff, devises an appropriate plan.
For youth who are psychiatrically hospitalized, the psychiatrist communicates with the treatment team at the hospital to consult about planning and post discharge plans.
Meet /talk with parents to obtain informed consent as needed
Participation in Treatment Team/Other Meetings Regarding Youth Needs:
The psychiatrist provides a summary of their evaluation of youth they have assessed and, based on their psychiatric knowledge, offers impressions and collaboration about other residents based on staff’s reports.
Adhere to Child Welfare Principles of Safety, Permanency and Well-being.
Provides timely paperwork in compliance with ACS, OCFS and COA requirements.
Provides Psychiatric Evaluations and Impressions as well as Medication Management for youth who are in Good Shepherd Services’ care & custody.
Participate in mandatory on-line or in-person trainings (e.g., Medicaid Compliance and HIPAA)
Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
Other duties as assigned.
MD or DO license/NY State Board Certification or Board Eligible in Psychiatry – Child/Adolescent Psychiatry preferred.
Experience working with children, adolescents and families.
Comfortable with using electronic health records/EMRs and prescribing electronically.
Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma-informed perspective
Must have a commitment to GSS models of practice including Youth and Family Development.
Demonstrated excellence in verbal, written, organization and prioritization skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a fast-paced milieu setting.
Additional Information:Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.
Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.