Under the guidance of the Child and Family Teams and Wraparound Program Manager this position provides services to children and families, secures community resources and provides mental health services. Participates in Katie A. Child and Family Team (CFT) Meetings and provides Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS). Family Specialists/IHBS Providers participate in family-centered, strength-based, culturally sensitive, needs driven planning process for creating individualized services and supports for children, youth and their families. The Family Specialist assists in the Wraparound process which facilitates access to natural, professional, and community based options, activities, and opportunities. With the assistance of the Family Specialist/IHBS Provider the Wraparound process provides children with family-based service alternatives allowing children to return to or continue living in a family setting rather than in a RCL 10-14 group home.
Internal Relationships: Members of Wraparound Program and other Youth for Change Programs.
External Relationships: Children and Family Members, Community Resources and Partners, formal and informal supports and resources.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Participation in Katie A. Child and Family Team (CFT) Meetings.
● Providing Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS), as required by the Katie A. settlement decision.
● Incorporating Strengthening Families Approach and the Five Protective Factors Framework, Trauma-Informed Service Delivery, Nurtured Heart Approach and Safety Organized Practice throughout the Wraparound process.
● Duties will include resource development, providing mental health services, engaging and participating in individualized child and family teams which include formal and informal supports/resources. Participating in the development and implementation of an ongoing planning process. These duties will be performed county wide.
● To embrace the Wraparound philosophy that can be characterized by doing “whatever it takes”, individualizing plans, strengths-based, and not creating dependence on the team.
● Active involvement in the creation highly individualized planning processes aimed at helping children and families achieve important outcomes by helping them meet their unmet needs both within and outside of formal system services, while they remain in their community and homes, whenever possible.
● To be creative in service delivery and work as a collective team with the family while adhering to the court ordered case plan when relevant.
● Adherence to the Best Practice Principles inherent in the Wraparound “family centered model” which include:
– Ensuring the provision of community-based services and supports.
– Making a commitment to the provision of least restrictive services.
– Ensuring family-centeredness by partnering with families.
– Embracing consumer driven services by ensuring access and voice for parents and children in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services.
– Building on family and child strengths in developing response.
– Ensuring comprehensive life-domain needs assessment and planning.
– Individualizing services and supports to the unique needs of each child and family.
– Ensuring the provision of culturally relevant/competent services by tailoring response to family culture, values, norms, strengths, and preferences.
– Building on the use of naturally occurring community and family supports and resources.
– Ensuring flexibility in location, time, planning, service response, and funding.
– Making a commitment to unconditional service planning and provision. The child and family are not dropped from the program when problems are encountered. The service plan is changed to meet the needs of the new situation.
– Ensuring service planning is child and family team-based, and inclusive of natural/informal support persons.
– Establishing community wide involvement in service design and system evolution, including parents, mental health, juvenile justice, education, social welfare, and cultural stakeholders in the community.
– Ensuring measurable accountability and outcomes driven individualized service plans.
● To ensure children and families will receive formal and informal support and services in the community where they live: enabling them to live, learn and grow safely, competently and productively in their families, neighborhoods and natural environment.
● Assures safety of children and families by assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of treatment plans.
● Maintaining cost effectiveness and achieving the desired goal with minimum expenditures.
● The ability to demonstrate acceptance and understanding of cultural mores and their possible influence on the client’s issues and/or behavior. Appreciate and understand the differences and use this knowledge to develop individualized supports and services.
● Ensuring families have a high level of decision-making power at every level of the process.
● Ensuring that parents or other persons who are the primary or natural care givers for children participate in all aspects of the development and implementation of the plan of support and services, to the degree they are able and to the extent permitted by any outstanding orders of the court.
● Ensuring the flexible, creative approach to treatment planning based on assessment of needs, resources and family strengths by utilizing formal and informal supports and services to meet the unique needs of each child and family.
● Ensuring that familial and/or community based options, activities, or opportunities (e.g. churches, scouting organizations, parks and recreation, etc.) are incorporated into each individualized child and family plan, as well as, traditional social service options determined by professionals (e.g. counseling, psychological evaluations, parenting classes, anger management classes, alcohol/drug services, Public Health, etc.)
● Attend training to support ongoing skill development and the incorporation of “promising practices” into the Wraparound services delivery.
● Assist, as needed, in the collection of data as required by the Wraparound Program.
● The ability to work flexible and non-traditional hours on a regular basis.
● Providing intervention services to children and families in their homes and communities:
o Development of skills and replacement behaviors.
o Provide crisis intervention and stabilization.
o Address behaviours that interfere with the achievement of a stable and permanent family life
o Providing exercises in self-regulation and impulse control
o Participate in development of behavioral intervention plans.
o Teach, role-model and educate children and families on appropriate socialization skills.
o Supporting parents in their development of parenting skills.
o Behavioral interventions that result in linking the family successfully to the community.
o Utilize Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Skills.
● Assist in accessing community-based resources appropriate to the family’s needs.
● Providing interventions for children and families that support the Individualized Child/Family Plan.
● Participating in the 24-hour on-call system.
● Participating in YFC fund raising, special projects as well as committees.
● Relaying in a timely fashion, accurate information to Facilitators, Clinicians and the Child and Family Team regarding child/family progress.
● Attend weekly staff meetings, team meetings and trainings as scheduled.
● Develop and maintain accurate client records, including service and client plan implementation and progress notes.
● Work professionally and collaboratively with medical records office.
● Document medical billing that is in compliance with Youth for Change documentation standards.
● Be responsible for follow through of agency policies.
● Establish and maintain collaborative and effective relationships with co-workers, families and all community partners.
● Assists in monitoring Child and Family Team Plan expenses and act as a “steward” of flex funds.
● Adhere to the Wraparound philosophy and 10 principles.
● Regular attendance.
● Other duties and special projects as assigned.
In collaboration with the family and team, provide the following services to the family: needs/strengths assessment, plan development, linkages and consultation, assistance in accessing services, crisis assistance planning, periodic review of needs and progress. Services will be family-centered and strength-based, directed at establishing a trusting relationship; will assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship; and will assist parents in improving their skills to optimise the home environment by enhancing the family support system and increasing the family’s ability to problem –solve and advocate for themselves and their children.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Use of your personal vehicle is necessary for Youth for Change business. You will be responsible for keeping a mileage record and submitting it to your supervisor for reimbursement. Proof of current liability insurance on your personal vehicle must be provided at time of employment and when it expires. Personal vehicle insurance is the primary coverage in case you are in an accident in your vehicle while on business for YFC. Since you will be transporting children in your vehicle, it must be well maintained.
● Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences preferred and one year full time experience or;
● AA degree in Behavioral Science and two years full time experience
● Maintains standards of confidentiality.
● Demonstrates safe work practices and exhibits understanding of Individual Family Safety Plans
● Focuses on understanding and meeting family needs.
● Maintains positive work relationships in a respectful and collaborative manner.
● Maintains good communication with others ensuring others have necessary information.
● Actively works toward organizational improvement and professional growth.
● Maturity and experience in successfully working with children, youth and their families.
● Demonstrate motivation and ability to learn and practice the following skills.
Personal and program boundaries.
● Community Resource Awareness.
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals whose value systems and behaviours may differ from members.
● Ability and willingness to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
● Demonstrate good writing and organizational skills.
● Posses and maintain valid California Driver’s License and auto insurance.
Ability to document encounters and progress notes accurately. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers, managers, clients, and general public. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and in small group situations to co-worker, vendors, and employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be ambulatory as the employee must be able to access family homes that aren’t wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The following lists physical demands an employee will perform on a regular basis:
Keyboarding & Documenting
On the phone
Reach with hands and arms
Talking and/or hearing
Lifting (10 lbs. – 30 lbs.)
The following lists physical demands an employee may perform on an occasional basis:
Stoop, kneel crouch or crawl
Special activities with child/youth may include:
But not necessarily limited to the above list of activities
Duties are performed inside with climate control, outdoor environment and weather conditions and in or near water.
This position regularly requires being able to work at close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less) and to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus) for the purpose charting and recording keeping. For driving, the outdoor environment and watching the child/youth, distance vision (clear at more than 20 feet); peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point.) and depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships) are needed.
The typical noise level in the work environment of this position is of moderate notice. On occasion, you may be subjected to a loud noise level.
WORK ENVIRONMENT – SOCIAL
Employee shall work in a non-hostile work environment. This is, the employee is expected not to engage in any activity that unreasonably interferes with performance of any other employee, such as sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination or any other behavior unduly demeans or intimidates another employee.
As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, clients and vendors at all times.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon taking and passing a health screening /TB test. The examination assesses a candidate’s ability to meet the physical demands of the position with or without accommodation in accordance with applicable statues for applicants with disabilities. Any offer of employment is also continent upon taking and successfully passing a criminal background investigation (fingerprinting/live scan); the guidelines set forth by the Department of Justice in accordance with being connected to an agency whose clients are children. Any offer of employment is also contingent upon having a clean DMV record and providing said record.
Applicants, who refuse to submit to testing or who do not pass all tests or provide required documents, will not be hired or retained in employment.
How to Apply: For a full description and to apply visit: http://www.youth4change.org/?page=employmentMinimum Education and Experience
About Youth for Change
Youth for Change is a non-profit, public benefit organization licensed by the State of California to provide comprehensive treatment, education and support services in our community. Established in 1991, the Youth for Change team has continually developed community partnerships for the purpose of championing the well-being of children and families. Our programs are dynamic and respond flexibly to community and family needs.