The Family Initiatives program is looking for a full time Family Specialist. The schedule for this role is primarily Monday to Friday and requires a willingness to work a flexible, non-structured work week including evenings and weekends when necessary. The program provides in-home support services to families where one or more of their children may be at risk of out of home placement, or where a child is being reunified with their family. The Family Specialist may also work with families more preventatively to increase functioning and overall familial wellness.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide home-based treatment and support for approximately 4 to 6 families at a time
- Engage, assess and develop therapeutic relationships with family members to identify treatment goals, treatment rationales and implementation plans
- Develop and implement effective treatment interventions to improve family functioning by providing individual and family-oriented education, counselling and skills training
- Advocate for families and children in schools, communities, courts, mental health and social service agencies as needed
- Assist families in planning for respite services (when necessary)
- Arrange and advocate for adjunctive services as needed
- Assist each family, as appropriate, in meeting their basic needs for housing, food, transportation, employment, day care, social support networks, etc.
- Work closely and cooperatively with the family's caseworker (if applicable) and other relevant professionals involved in intake, adjunctive services and follow up
- Participate in the evaluation processes and procedures and actively promote quality standards for the profession
- Provide services to families in accordance with the policies and procedures of Hull Services to ensure humane, individualized treatment is planned, sensitive to cultural differences and designed to foster strengths in the family
- Participate in a close consultation relationship with the Program Coordinator and work within the policies and procedures outlined for the program
- Keep thorough and up-to-date person’s served records, develop individualized treatment plans, professionally document treatment and termination reports
- In general, behave in ways that promote cooperation and harmony and foster a positive, optimistic environment for children, families, colleagues and others
Skills and Qualifications:
- Degree or diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
- Relevant experience in working with youths and their families and knowledge of crisis intervention, communication skills and family education
- Perceived ability to model appropriate behaviours and exercise sound clinical judgment in working with distressed individuals and families
- Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check
- Must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and adequate automobile liability insurance
- Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset
- Preference will be given to those that have completed coursework and/or certification in Brain Development or Trauma Informed Care. Some suggested courses include:
- The Brain Story Certification through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI): www.albertafamilywellness.org,
- The Trauma Informed Care E- Learning Modules through Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page15526.aspx or
- Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre “Being Trauma Aware” Online Course: https://trauma.respectgroupinc.com
- Please direct your email, cover letter, and updated resume firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indicate “Your Full Name – FI Family Specialist” in the subject line of your email
The deadline for application is Monday, September 13, 2019.
We thank all applicants who are interested in this position, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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