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Seasonal Mental Health Professional (Camp)
NJY Camps
21 Plymouth St
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Principal Responsibilities:

JOIN OUR SUMMER TEAM! The Mental Health Professional is a key member of Round Lake Camp's support team and is supervised by the Camp Director.

Spend your summer applying your skills while meeting new people, making new memories and having lots of fun!

Essential Duties:

  • Address children's emotional needs in collaboration with their counselors and age group supervisors.
  • Support counselors in dealing with camper issues such as social challenges, mood, behaviors and/or campers' adjustment to the camp environment.
  • Support the success of the camp's mission by training staff in areas such as behavior management, social skills training, conflict resolution, camper motivation, and self-image enhancement.
  • Provide socialization training to campers for improved peer relationships
  • Develop and implement behavior management interventions
  • Consult with staff regarding issues of camper management
  • Provide support to staff during crisis
  • Evaluate camp programs to ensure social and emotional needs of campers are being met. ? Facilitate bunk meetings for support and group discussion focusing on social skills, problem solving, and group living dynamics.
  • Participate in pre-camp planning and training of staff, including consulting with the director about the needs of potential campers.
  • Complete intakes and coordinate with campers' home mental health professionals and other providers as necessary.
  • Provide general camper supervision as needed.
  • Support camp administration as needed, including pre-camp key staff meetings to review and plan for the upcoming camp season.
  • Supervise the Camper Care Specialist when applicable
  • Help develop and supervise Teen Village internship program
  • Complete additional tasks as requested by the Camp Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

1. Concentration in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field

2. Experience working with children affected by social, emotional, behavioral and/or academic difficulties

3. Familiarity with medications used in the management of social and emotional challenges.

4. Ability to provide campers with socialization techniques and to train general staff to teach these skills

5. Ability to provide support for general adjustment and/or issues such as homesickness.

6. Knowledge of behavior management techniques and the ability to train staff in their application.

7. Ability to work with children to enhance self-esteem, build resilience and develop confidence and the ability to train staff in these techniques.

8. Excellent listening and communication skills

9. Empathy, patience, strong work ethic

10. Team player

Salary:

Under $25,000

Agency Information:

Round Lake is a unique inclusion model at NJY Camps designed for children with diverse needs. Our program is built upon a philosophy of opportunity and choice for all campers. At NJY Camps, our approach to inclusion ensures that campers who are part of the Round Lake program are fully integrated into the camp experiences at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah and Cedar Lake Camp. Campers enjoy everything that a traditional sleep away camp experience has to offer, while benefiting from additional support.

To this end, campers are simply Nah-Jee-Wah and Cedar Lake campers, and are a part of the Round Lake program, in which staffing and housing are structured to meet their needs.