Shelter Therapist

Time Organization
Job LocationUS
Job TagEarly Career


Location: Boca Raton, FL; Lanham, MD; Cambridge, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Tempe, AZ

Seeking Shelter Based Mental Health Therapist with passion for providing support to underserved populations. To provide therapeutic interventions to support the shelter’s missions and goals of stability for residents’ post transition.

The program mission is to provide quality trauma-informed therapeutic services to shelter residents, support shelter staff, decrease need for crisis response from law enforcement personnel, and improve prognosis of outcomes after transition from the shelter. To cultivate a safe and supportive environment to encourage healing and determine the most effective supports for residents facing homelessness.

Duties include crisis intervention, maintaining appropriate record keeping, complete needs assessments and other data collection as necessary, goal setting and referrals to other resources, individual and group counselling, promoting cooperation and conflict resolution within the shelter, providing support to shelter staff.


  • Facilitates and coordinates therapeutic groups for shelter and drop in participants.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with health care and social service providers in the community and utilizes these relationships to provide referrals that help meet the complex needs of participants.
  • Provides therapeutic interventions for participants.
  • Provides crisis intervention services as needed.
  • Provides appropriate professional understanding and intervention in response to emotional, behavioral, physical needs of clients.
  • Assists residents to establish and achieve individualized goals.
  • Utilizes effective conflict resolution skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality of residents.
  • Participates in design and implementation of program activities.
  • Participates in research/evaluation/quality assurance activities that would enhance the efficiency and/or effectiveness of service delivery.
  • Fosters positive relationships with community programs and individuals as necessary.
  • Provides referrals and follow-up as necessary.
  • Provides support to program areas as requested.
    Participates in staff meetings as required, shares information in a respectful manner.
  • Exercises good judgement and discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Completes all necessary documentation, including written records/reports and provides statistics as requested.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team member.
  • Understanding and delivery of anti-oppressive practices.
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict and crisis.
  • Willing to provide support on an as-needed basis.
  • Able to provide both group and individual therapeutic interventions.
  • Innovative and motivated to develop initiatives to the benefit of the residents.
  • Helpful areas of specialization/focus: trauma, grief/loss, substance abuse.


  • Minimum LGSW or LGPC and active license in good standing.
  • One year experience working with disenfranchised populations.

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