384 E 149th St  Suite 527

Bronx, New York 10455

+1 (917) 891 8845

Youth Peer Support and Training (YPST)

To be hired as a Youth Peer Advocate, a candidate MUST be credentialed by New York State.


Minimum qualifications:  

  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency or a State Education Commencement Credential (SACC or CDOS).
  • Complete levels one and two of YPA training. 
  • Be within the ages of 18-30 and self-identify a personal history of dealing with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges.
  • Be willing and able to use knowledge of working with a disability, mental illness, juvenile justice, special education, substance use disorder, or of foster care, to assist in supporting youth in their resiliency/recovery and wellness.
  • Complete 600 hours of experience providing YPSS and complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years.


Supervisor qualifications:
Credentialed YPA's/CRPA's, with at least four years of direct YPST service experience may apply. 

Minimum qualifications: ​The following qualified professionals may apply. Applicant must possess a valid NYS license. 


Licensed psychoanalysts
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) 
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)​
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Supervision with LCSW,
​Licensed Psychologists or Psychiatrics

​​The following Children and Family Treatment and Support Services​​​​​ jobs are subject to availability. 

Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment

Family Peer Support Services Provider

Other Licensed Professional (OLP)

Psychosocial Rehabilitator

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or related human services.

Holders of a high school diploma or equivalent or a CDOS Certificate and three years of experience in Child Welfare, Mental Health or Addiction can also apply.

Supervisor qualifications: Refer to professionals list under Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment Practitioner entry.

Minimum qualifications: Lived experience as a parent/caregiver of a child with social, emotional, developmental, health and/or behavioral healthcare needs. 

High school diploma, high school equivalency or a state Education Commencement Credential.

Candidates for this position must: 

  • Complete levels one and two of the Parent Empowerment Program Training for Family Peer Advocates. 
  • Document 1000 hours of experience providing FPSS. 
  • Agree to practice according to the Family Peer Advocate Code of Ethics.
  • Complete 20 hours of continuing education and renew their FPA credentials biannually. 


Supervisor qualifications: A minimum of 4 years of experience providing FPSS services, at least one year of which is as a credentialed FPA/CRPA-F.  

Minimum qualifications:  Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related human services. 

First degree with three years of applicable experience and certification in an Evidence-Based Practice relevant to the CPST component being delivered.

Bachelor's degree holders with two years of experience in children’s mental health, child welfare and Juvenile Justice may also provide CPST services EXCEPT counseling. The following professionals may apply: 

  • Registered Nurse with one year of behavioral health experience, Licensed Occupational Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.


​Supervisor qualifications: In addition to at least 2-3 years of work experience and sensitivity to trauma-informed care and cultural needs, the following professionals may apply for supervisor positions:


Licensed Clinical Social Worker 
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Psychoanalyst
Licensed Psychologist
Physician’s Assistant
Psychiatrist
PhysicianRegistered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner
​Rehabilitative services for children and youth (CFTSS) 

Bendel Youth Empowerment Program

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