SOCIAL WORKER- FFT THERAPIST
SOCIAL WORKER- FFT THERAPIST – BROOKLYN/QUEENS - CAS YOUTH JUSTICE PROGRAMS
The Children’s Aid Society is seeking qualified social service professionals to fill positions in our Functional Family Therapy (FFT) Aftercare Services program in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. This program provides short term, intensive, home/community-based therapeutic preventive services to adolescents and their families who are returning from non-secure juvenile detention placements.
FFT is also a clinical, evidence-based intensive family treatment model of a 3-5-month duration that focuses on the multiple domains of client experiences (cognitive, emotional and behavioral) and their impact on the relationship between the adolescent and the family. It is comprised of three distinct phases of service delivery, thereby allowing the therapist to maintain fidelity to the model by focusing on the relational context of the family disruption. FFT is exclusively home-based and works primarily with the family unit. This model serves adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 and their families by targeting the factors in the family interactions/relationships that are contributing to the negative behaviors.
FFT Therapists will carry a caseload of families. Training and ongoing clinical supervision in the FFT model will be provided by an FFT consultant, while administrative supervision will be provided by an on-site CAS supervisor. Minimum requirements are a MSW or MA in a related field with experience working with adolescents and families in a child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice setting. Candidates with juvenile justice experience are preferred. Appropriate candidates must possess the ability and willingness to meet with their assigned families in their home. Candidates must also be flexible to work early mornings and on evenings as needed to meet clients’ availability. Bi-lingual, bi-cultural therapists who are fluent in Spanish are preferred but not required. FFT Therapists will be required to comply with and demonstrate fidelity to FFT model and its policies, procedures and accountability as well as those of the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS).
• Master’s degree in social work or related degree eligible for NYS licensure with experience working with the Juvenile justice population
• Ability and willingness to work with families in their own homes.
• Flexibility to work when the families are available to meet.
• Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team.
• Very good interpersonal/communication skills.
• Strong clinical skills.
• Ability to internalize and work within the Functional Family Therapy philosophy and model.
• Strong experience working with teens and families
• Ability to work with respect for cultural diversity.
• Ability to engage families who may not want the service.
• Ability to adapt and individualize program interventions to utilize family strengths and skills.
• Commitment to empowering families to solve their own problems.
• Belief in the capacity of people to grow and change.
• Ability to establish a mutually respectful relationship, in which the family is a full partner, empowered to solve their own problems.
• Ability to intervene decisively, when necessary, to protect family members.
• Ability to set appropriate boundaries and limits for best practice.
•Strong computer skills and experience using web-based performance management systems.
• Carry a caseload as assigned.
• Provide home-based Functional Family Therapy to families.
• Actively participate as part of the therapy team.
• Coordinate and facilitate groups as assigned.
• Assist families by actively referring them to appropriate services and supports.
• Assist families with both clinical and concrete services.
• Perform the basic accountability tasks related to the job, which include compiling and maintaining all necessary records which includes extensive paperwork and data requirements.
• Assist administrative staff in collection of information for program effectiveness.
• Perform other duties as requested by your direct supervisor, the program director or the Director of Disconnected Youth Services
• Responds in a positive and respectful manner to diversity, among the agency’s service population and staff.
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Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer