Position Summary: Since 1853, Children’s Aid has provided comprehensive community services to children of all ages and their families residing in underserved communities throughout New York City. An array of services supports families from cradle to college to alleviate societal challenges that can interrupt a child, adolescent or young adults’ abilities to thrive and maximize their potential.
Children’s Aid offers a continuum of short-term, evidence based interventions of varying levels of intensity in four boroughs. The preventive services continuum consists of Family Support, Therapeutic Interventions and Family Assessment Program (FAP) services, as well as the Safe Way Forward Program for families impacted by Domestic Violence. Our preventive service interventions help families avert current, future or repeat involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
FFT-CW (Child Welfare) is a therapeutic program in our Preventive continuum of services. It is a home-based intensive therapeutic model for families in the Bronx with multiple risk factors, where there has been physical abuse and/or neglect of a child/ren aged 0-17. It is an evidence-based family therapy model that focuses on engaging with the family’s broader social environment and develops each family’s social and community networks.
FFT-CW has two service tracks within the model:
- Low Risk track supports families that are more likely to successfully engage in community-based interventions and programs.
- High Risk track supports families that need intensive change processes delivered in the home to address risk of placement or where there are issues of child safety, neglect, family violence, mental health concerns, and substance abuse or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.
Interventionist work in the FFT-CW Low Risk track. They meet with families to assess their relationship system so they can better match families to community-based interventions. Interventionists are strong advocates for families, ensuring that effective community services are in place through making the necessary referrals and then monitoring and maintaining the change brought about by these programs and interventions. Interventionists work with both families and the community providers to help the family purposefully generalize the skills learned to other systems involved with the family.
General responsibilities for the position of FFT-CW Interventionist will include, but are not limited to:
- Carry caseload of approximately 10 FFT-CW Low Risk cases
- Administer treatment consistent with the FFT-CW Low Risk model to ensure fidelity and adherence to the model
- Research and Identify appropriate community based services to support families, e.g. mental health programs, DV programs, pro-social activities for adolescents etc.
- Make referrals/appointments to community based agencies and support families in these services as needed
- Attend all FFT-CW trainings as required as well as all mandated ACS trainings.
- Participate in all weekly Staffing with FFT-CW Site Lead
- Complete all FFT-CW documentation within the FFT/CSS system in a timely manner
- Ensure simultaneous conversion of notes in the CSS system into the ACS ADVPO Progress Notes or Connections Progress Notes
- Complete all FFT-CW assessment tools as required and enter into the CSS system in timely manner.
- Implement all FFT-CW Low Risk protocols and interventions as provided by the FFT consultant and/or FFT supervisor
- Fulfill all OCFS, and ACS accountability requirements including timely completion of FASPs, Progress Notes and Plan Amendments
- Maintain monthly casework home-based contacts requirements as specified by the model.
- Be available by phone 24/7 or as needed to respond to client crises. This includes ability to conduct sessions on weekends as needed, to accommodate client availability
- Ability to work flexible hour, including working remotely in the field, community or various CA offices to meet the needs of families and improve efficiency and management of time and resources
- Other tasks assigned, and as necessary to support the program’s needs.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work or BA in an equivalent field required.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred but not required.
- Experience working with adolescents and families in a child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice setting.
- Willingness to learn and work within the FFT philosophy and model.
- Ability and willingness to work with families and teens in the home, school and other appropriate settings in the community.
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
- Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team.
- Strong clinical skills and ability to work under pressure with high risk, crisis oriented families
- Very good interpersonal/communication skills, including ability to write well and meet copious amount of documentation in a timely manner.
- Computer literate.
· Medical, Vision, Dental
· 403b + employer match
· Up to 20 vacation days
· Sick days
· Personal days
· Paid holidays
· Flexible spending accounts (FSA)
· Pre-tax transportation account
· Voluntary benefit plans & life insurance
· Education support program
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