LMSW Therapist

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1751 Park Ave
1751 Park Avenue
New York
United States of America
Behavioral Health

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Housing Works was founded in 1990; With a long-term commitment to AIDS advocacy. Housing Works established New York State’s first harm reduction-based, OASAS-licensed outpatient drug treatment program. Other services include Health Home care management, behavioral health, and syringe exchange programs. A pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, Housing Works operates 10 high-end thrift shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a much-loved Bookstore Cafe in Soho. For more information, visit www.housingworks.org 

Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services. 

We have three comprehensive healthcare plans to choose from based on your priorities and budget. Housing Works covers most of the plan; you pay a portion, based on your salary. Staff begins accruing PTO immediately for a total of up to 30 days earned in the first year. We offer employees an educational benefit. This money is available for tuition loan reimbursement, tuition costs, and text books. 

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. Housing Works also does not request prior salary information during the hiring process. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

This position is included in a bargaining unit of Housing Works’ New York City employees represented by a labor union known as the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (“RWDSU”). Accordingly, the RWDSU has the exclusive right to bargain over the terms and conditions of employment related to this position and this position may become covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (a “CBA”) between Housing Works and the RWDSU 

Compensation Range: $65,000 - $70,000 /yr commensurate with experience.


The LMSW therapist establishes a therapeutic relationship with assigned clients and helps clients with emphasis on prevention. The LMSW therapist works with clients and groups to promote optimum mental health. The LMSW is responsible for the overall maintenance of a therapeutic environment in the Clinic.



  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to client’s treatment
  • Assess each client for risk level and complete safety planning/monitoring as needed
  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships.
  • Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
  • Counsel clients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life and making changes.
  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, and tests.
  • Complete comprehensive assessments with DSM 5 diagnosis
  • Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge
  • Complete progress notes for each session within 24-48 hours and complete billing for the session
  • Engage in outreach to clients who do not attend scheduled appointments and document appropriately
  • Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans.
  • Evaluate client’s physical or mental condition based on review of client information
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of therapy programs and client’s progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives
  • Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed to comply with changes in clients status
  • Monitor client’s use of medications
  • Learn about new developments in the field by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars, and establishing and maintaining contact with other social service agencies.
  • Gather information about community mental health needs and resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy.
  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • Participate in monthly continuing education
  • The Therapist will have access to PHI during the course of his/her work activities. Incumbent will use this information to provide psychiatric therapy as needed in compliance with all OMH 599 regulations and guidelines relative to established plan of care. ALL HIPAA, corporate compliance, and program guidelines must be maintained and kept at all times. Attendance of in-service trainings required.
  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Current NYS licensure (LMSW or LCSW) or possesses a permit from the New York State Education Department.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in providing mental health counseling/therapy within a clinical setting.
  • Well versed in diagnosis, therapy, educational programs and development of treatment plans
    • Able to deal effectively with variety of patient mental disabilities and dysfunctions
    • Provide crisis intervention and treatment for patients which may require special observation.
  • Customer service abilities including effective listening skills.
  • Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish preferred

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.