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Senior Family Specialist

Company: Ascentria Care Alliance
Location: Concord
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Ascentria Care Alliance employees and volunteers take pride in the impact they have on the people they serve. It's more than just a job, it's an opportunity our employees have to care for and share in the lives of people who greatly need and appreciate their presence. Ascentria Care Alliance focuses on every child, elder, disabled person, refugee, endangered teen or teenage mom in order to build stronger communities one person at a time. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance the operations of a $75m non-profit social services organization with programs throughout New England. Summary:The Senior Family Specialist provides clinical case management, working in multiple systems, including family homes, schools, child protection and courts. Both group and individual clinical work is conducted with adults, children, foster families and birth families. The Senior Family Specialist identifies the needs of children/families and then develops and implements treatment plans to strengthen families and help them work toward safety, permanency and well being.Essential Responsibilities: Provides clinical case management working in multiple systems and settings providing services to foster children, foster families and biological families; Assures that foster parents receive, training, support and supervision for their work with the child; Demonstrates a human centered, strength based, and trauma informed philosophy by treating all clients, families and collaterals in a non-judgmental and respectful manner while building on their strengths; Provides group and/or individual counseling services and guidance to children and their biological and/or foster families; Develop and maintains timely assessments, progress notes and any other necessary documentation; Facilitates treatment meetings and invites appropriate attendees; Facilitates supervised family visits, and provides parent coaching as appropriate Evaluates effectiveness of treatment plans to preserve and strengthen families and children in order to promote permanency, safety and well-being; Provides community outreach support to children and families to increase access to resources to meet social, medical, educational, vocational and financial needs; Facilitates placement and coordinates family visitations; transports children and/or their families; Requires working a flexible schedule including shared rotating on-call responsibilities for nights and weekends and 24 hour crisis response. Develops and maintains positive relationships with children, families and community providers; Maintains organized up to date case files in accordance with contractual standards, state and federal law; Provides updates to the court both in writing and in person; serves as advocate for families and children at various community levels, as appropriate to the objectives of the program. Coordinate dental, medical, psychological and community support for youth; Ensure that educational needs are met including advocacy for special education services; Participate in hospital admissions and discharge planning as determined by client and family need; Keep supervisor updated on any incidents or concerns involving clients; Attends weekly supervision, staff meetings and any other meetings or events required by the Agency; Responsible for completing all mandatory training on a timely basis to meet certification standards; Creates a trusting and safe relationship with the client and encourages personal growth of the client; Demonstrated leadership abilities including acting as a support to teammates and being actively involved with sharing ideas and creative solutions; Provide clinical support on secondary cases as assigned; Participation in agency wide groups/committees to support agency initiatives; Carry up to 10 cases; Job must be conducted at all times in a way that respects the rights, privacy and the dignity of the client and adheres to all contractual regulations. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein to help meet the goals of the program or the agency. Demonstrated leadership abilities including participation is acting as a support to team mates and being actively involved with sharing ideas Develop and facilitate a training for staff on a related programmatic topic and/or develop curriculum to facilitate a psychoeducational group for clients Participation on an agency wide group/committee internally to support larger initiatives Supervision and support to student interns and volunteersNon-Essential Responsibilities: Present information at new employee orientation Supervise interns/volunteersQualifications: Master's Degree in a related field with 2 years' experience working in a clinically supervised setting with children and families, or Bachelor's Degree in related field with 7 years of experience working in child welfare or a clinical setting and currently enrolled in a related Master's degree program. Understanding of and ability to set professional boundaries. Ability to work flexible hours and be available to meet emergency situations. Ability to effectively manage client behavior, foster independence, and maintain perspective and a sense of humor. Ability to handle people and situations with compassion, diplomacy, and tact. Ability to set priorities; organize resources and to effectively perform tasks in a timely manner. Ability to provide documentation such as valid driver's license, evidence of automobile insurance and a clear criminal record check. Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment and to problem solve unexpected/unpredictable circumstances calmly. Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations, protocols and/or procedures. Computer skills required. Ability to travel to meet client needs Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills Ability to use independent clinical judgment and discretion; investigate, analyze and draw professional conclusions.Trainings Required:Must complete 40 hours of specialized training each year which may include: Current family systems theory, psychology of family systems, ethics, trauma informed care, evidenced based treatment pertinent to the service population.Physical/Mental Demands:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. Required to sit for long periods of time. Infrequent light physical effort required Requires driving own vehicle to various sites.Mental Demands:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to problem solve, make decisions, interpret data and organize. Ability to do detailed work with high degree of concentration Ability to work under stress or in a fast-paced environment.

Keywords: Ascentria Care Alliance, Concord , Senior Family Specialist, Other , Concord, New Hampshire

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