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Foster Care therapist
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Vice President of Community Based Interventions and direct supervision of the AVP of the Finger Lakes Region, the social worker/therapist will provide supportive and proactive interventions to foster parents and youth in foster care to prevent the disruption of the foster care placement.
- Carries a full caseload of 10-12 families at any one time.
- Performs initial and ongoing safety assessments and planning with foster families.
- Provides weekly and/or as needed home-based clinical support for youth placed in the foster home to assist with behavior stabilization in the foster home.
- Provides goal and treatment planning with foster families as well as ongoing assessment of family functioning and progress toward goals.
- Participates in weekly agency intake meetings.
- Participates in foster parent support group as assigned.
- Provides weekly consultation with foster care staff to ensure that the placement is stable.
- Provides a skills-based approach using trauma informed poractice as a treatment model lens.
- Depending on intensity required with the foster parents, the clinician may work with the permanency resource.
- Actively participates as part of a team of service providers and others with focus on well coordinated services for family members.
- Provides home-based, solution focused case management support and/or crisis interventions to individuals and foster families.
- Assists individuals and families by actively referring them to appropriate longer-term services and supports.
- Performs the basic accountability tasks related to the job which include compiling and maintaining all necessary records, forms and reports.
- Provides on-call support as assigned.
- Assists administrative staff in collection of information for program effectiveness.
- Masters in Social Work or other Human Service related field with two or more years’ experience in family and children’s services with experience working from a strengths perspective with families.
- Experience with foster care, specifically with foster parents preferred.
- Knowledge of the Child Welfare System, and experience with foster children.
- Ability to work closely with LDSS foster care staff.
- Ability and willingness to work with families in an 'in-home' context.
- Knowledge of family systems theory and home based interventions.
- Ability to have flexibility in hours worked both routinely, so as to meet children and families when they are available, and occasionally, in response to crises which may occur at any hour of any day.
- Ability to handle confidential material in a responsible manner.
- Valid Driver’s License required.
- Vehicle required: Must be safe and dependable.
- Mileage, Tolls, & Parking are reimbursed through agency payroll.
As a full time benefits position, staff is eligible to enroll in medical, dental, vision, FSA, supplemental life insurance, critical illness, enhanced short-term disability, and 401(k) benefits.
We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment drug testing.