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Family Specialist I (Bilingual in Spanish Preferred)

Company: Uplift Family Services
Location: Fresno
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Job Description:

Job Summary
Works within the vision, mission, and philosophy of the agency. Within a team process, develops a strength based relationship with youth and care givers. Intervenes with maladaptive behaviors while developing the youths strengths and interests. Responsible for linking to community resources and transferring skill sets to the care giver. Does whatever it takes to meet the needs of the family in a strength based approach while also working to preserve the family unit. Helps to create permanent connections for youth and families. May search, locate, and engage family members for youth. Assists with transitioning kids to the lowest level of care. Works independently in the family s home and in a variety of community and/or treatment settings.
Essential Duties
1. Provides direct services to youth and families.
2. Provides direct billable mental health services, documents in alignment with Medi-Cal regulations, and achieves set productivity expectations.
3. Engages and builds alignment and relationships with parents, youth, and others in the normal course of working with the families.
4. Utilizes strengths of youth, families, and others to assist in the implementation and achievement of goals and outcomes.
5. Works with youth and family teams to support family driven, strength based planning and interventions.
6. Understands and takes advantage of therapeutic opportunities in crisis situations.
7. Conducts observations regarding specific target behavior, track progress and modify plans with the family to support their intended identified outcome.
8. Assists teams in developing a hypothesis of function and underlying unmet need in an effort to develop individualized, strength based strategies and interventions that will result in positive behavior change.
9. Engages caregiver, family members, and other natural supports in building youth specific parenting responses that support positive behavior change and overall family relationships.
10. Works in the community directly with youth and families to develop and implement safety and skill refinement plans.
11. Supports families in bridging to and or building on natural resources and accessing community based program supports that will continue support over time.
12. Develops resources within the community to serve children and families.
13. Assists youth and family teams to meet specific service needs (ie: help develop strategy or resource specific to an identified need) and monitor outcomes.
14. Participates in family finding team activities by identifying family finding need, obtaining authorizations, creating teams, conducting searches and setting deadlines. Completes Connectedness Maps as needed.
15. Documents interactions and practices and maintain administrative expectations in a timely manner.
16. Meets and or exceeds all direct service expectations and documentation requirements.
17. Assists in developing program responses to needs identified across a number of youth and families where natural community resources are not available or appropriate.
18. Builds on individual strengths, concerns, and needs with balanced focus on the family as a unit.
19. Facilitates and/or co-facilitates, supports, and model participation in healthy group dynamics within various settings including family homes, schools, parks, and recreation centers, and treatment facilities. Provides an open forum for expression of feelings and ideas when appropriate.
20. Builds solid, cooperative, culturally responsive relationships with youth and families as well as community resources to assist with the planning, organizing, implementation and evaluation of appropriate activities to achieve family identified goals.
21. Employee is required to meet applicable productivity and documentation requirements
22. Driving to appointments with clients and their families or other key contacts
23. Physical interactions with children of variable ages such as, but not limited to, games, sports and other activities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees are responsible for keeping job requirements up to date. This can include but are not limited to certifications, licensure, and maintaining a clear criminal record.
Education Requirements
Program Requires: Bachelors Degree
Experience Requirements
Interpersonal skills and the ability to write and speak in a grammatically correct manner required.
Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS) in related field
One (1) year working with children
Speak, read, and/or write another language preferred.
Other Specific Requirements
Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Child Abuse Index Check (CAIC) background clearance, if applicable.
Valid California Driver's license with two years experience driving and clean driving record may be required.
Work Environment/Conditions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color
vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
In addition this position requires standing, sitting, walking, climbing, and kneeling.
Employee Statement of Understanding
I have read and understand the job description for my position. I am able to perform all of the essential functions of this position. I agree to successfully complete all required training indicated for this position. I agree to keep all of my required certifications and licenses current and up to date and provide proper documentation of the same to the Human Resources Department. I agree to comply with all Agency policies and procedures. I agree to comply with the agency compliance plan and all laws, rules, regulations and standards of conduct relating to my position. As an employee, I understand my duty to report any suspected violations of the law or the standards of conduct to my immediate supervisor. As an employee, I will strive to uphold the mission and vision of the organization. All employees are required to adhere to the values in all their interactions with youth and families and fellow employees.

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