Hackensack Meridian Health

Residential Therapist II - Wolf Lodge

Job ID
EMYL - Wolf
HMH Carrier Clinic Inc
Job Location
US-NJ-Belle Mead
Position Type
Full Time with Benefits
Standard Hours Per Week
Shift Hours
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Weekend Work
Weekends as Needed
On Call Work
No On-Call Required
Holiday Work
As Needed



How have you impacted someone's life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers, at-home care capabilities, and behavorial health, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career, all within New Jersey's premier healthcare system.


The Residential Therapist II provides clinical and therapeutic services to East Mountain Youth Lodge residents and their families. Completes Joint Care Reviews and Strength and Needs assessments with all documentation in adherence to all standards.


Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic’s East Mountain Youth Lodge  is a premier youth residential program that provides a continuum of out of home residential treatment services for adolescents between the ages of 13-18. We provide 24 hour clinical, therapeutic treatment for emotional, behavioral, psychiatric and substance abuse difficulties based on the resident strengths and needs.


A day in the life of a Residential Therapist at HMH/Carrier Clinic includes:

  • Completes relevant social assessment.
  • Provides individual, group and family therapy for residents of the East Mountain Youth Lodge.
  • Acts as liaison to school therapists regarding coordination of clinical care.
  • Works closely with Residential Counselors/Technicians to develop treatment goals and strategies for assigned residents.
  • In conjunction with the Clinical Supervisor, writes treatment plans in accordance with licensing standards.
  • Writes joint care reviews and strength and needs assessments according to requirements.
  • Maintains up-to-date, accurate written record of all client and collateral contact.
  • Works closely with residential psychiatrist to manage medication, obtains informed consent from client and parents, and ensures that all releases and clinical documentation is completed and in order.
  • Arranges all family contact and furloughs and documents this weekly in communication/pass books.
  • Attends staff meetings, reports on residents' treatment and educates staff to better deliver services to clients.
  • Meets weekly for clinical supervision.
  • Writes discharge summaries, letters, contracts and any other clinical documentation required.
  • Develops a comprehensive after care recommendation.
  • Works professionally and cooperatively with all hospital staff and programs.
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of referral and support services.
  • Maintains contact with sending districts, Child Study Teams, private therapists and agencies such as DCPP, CMO, probation courts, etc.  Facilitates Managed Care Certification when necessary.
  • Carries a pager one week in a rotation and is on-call for clinical guidance and coverage when necessary.
  • Assists in preparation, coordination and evaluation of EMYL Clinical policy and procedure.
  • Assists with interview and orientation of new staff members.
  • Oversees the clinical area of social work and counseling interns and one staff member and complete performance evaluations, if applicable.
  • Assists in the developing and evaluating quality assurance and performance improvement programs.
  • Attends committee meetings and completes administrative tasks such as Performance Improvement or Clinical Audits.
  • Provides clinical training and support as needed and directed for EMYL Direct Care Team Members.
  • Under the Direction of Clinical Manager, develops appropriate Family training and groups for resident's families
  • Assists other mental health professionals in expediting emergencies and/or functions as co-therapist in special situations.
  • Presents at professional meeting locally and nationally and prepares materials for publication in professional journals, if applicable
  • Models the 5 C standards of behavior.
  • Maintains standards of behavior as established in the Organizational Ethics and Codes of Conduct Policy
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Meets or exceeds expectations of patients, hospital and staff members, in person or via the telephone in the course of performing assigned accountabilities.


This position is Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Occasional evening may be neccessary for family


Inquire about our retention bonus opportunities


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
1. Master's degree in social work or counseling
2. Minimum of 5 years of post MSW and/or Masters of Counseling experience.
3. Proficiency with policy review and program planning.
4. Demonstrates leadership abilities.
5. Trained in individual and group psychotherapy techniques.
6. Knowledge of psychopathology and differential diagnosis and treatment techniques.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
1. New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

2. For the BHSU Assigned Residential Therapist II must have the following qualifications:
     2.1 Hold a LCSW or LPC and NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC).
     2.2 OR Hold a LCSW or LPC and have at least two years of experience providing direct clinical services to youth and young adults with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use treatment needs. Must also be actively pursuing Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and obtain licensure within two years to remain in the position.
    2.3 OR Hold a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). Must be three years or less from NJ independent clinical licensure (LCSW or LPC). Must practice under the direct and on-site supervision of a clinician who is clinically licensed to practice in NJ.

3. AHA HeartSaver First Aid CPR AED Certification, or completed within the first 90 days of employment.
Licenses and Certifications Preferred:
1. National Association of Social Workers Supervisor Cert.


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