Mental Health Counselor-School Based Youth Services


Center for Family Services is seeking a full-time Mental Health Counselor to provide short-term mental health counseling to middle school aged youth at up to two Camden City School District schools. The Mental Health Counselor will be experienced and passionate about providing counseling to middle school aged youth and their families to support social, emotional, academic, and physical development. The Mental Health Counselor will utilize trauma informed, strengths-based in their work with students and families.

Location: Camden, NJ

Duties & Responsibilities:

Direct Services

  • Conducts one-on-one interviews and assessments of referrals.
  • Provides intensive case management and mentoring for multiple students.
  • Facilitates groups/programs/workshops centered on the development of self-esteem, parenting, conflict resolution, forward planning, and other related life-skills.
  • Hosts and participates in activities aligned with scheduled awareness week events.
  • Facilitates activities aligned with Why Try, My Mindset Matters and Phoenix curriculums.
  • Provides one-on-one coaching, home visits and supports as needed and appropriate for families.
  • Meets weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or as needed with students and their families.
  • Facilitates and participates in parent engagement activities.
  • Collects data on assigned cases and document progress toward established goals for students and families.
  • Builds relationships with families through individual meetings and home visits with one's caseload as well as through visibility and participation at various community meetings and activities, when appropriate.
  • Maintains professional growth and development throughout the year by attending workshops and trainings that will aid in providing superior case management services.
  • Builds new and maintains positive relationships with school and community partners around relevant resources.
  • Collaborates with external sources to develop or enhance services directly applicable to the families' lives. (i.e., anger management, relationships, life transitions and pressures, etc.)
  • As needed, participates in meetings/discussions with other SBYS and Camden Promise Neighborhood sites.
  • Ensures continuity of programming and serve as focal point for each assigned case.

Administrative Management:

  • Documentation of clinical sessions and case management activities in compliance with SBYS manual.
  • Maintains consistent weekly office hours and on-call hours during school hours.
  • Data collection and reporting on levels of service, community linkages, effectiveness of services, and service outcomes.


  • Clinical licensure (LCSW, LPC, or related) required.
  • Master's degree in social work or counseling related field.
  • Experience working in collaboration with community, schools, and families.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice and protective factors.
  • Experience in facilitating groups and workshops.
  • Experience in using data to drive outcomes.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-starter, organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Must pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment with children.

All positions require pre-employment drug screening and criminal record checks. Many positions require motor vehicle record evaluations and medical clearances. Center For Family Services is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits packages. For more information, please visit our website at

All interested applicants should email a cover letter, indicating desired position and salary requirements, along with resume.