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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Masters Degree, preferably in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling or Bachelors Degree and 3-5 years of direct experience working with youth and families in a counseling position (copy required upon initial hire date)
Physical and TB Test (required within 1 month of initial hire date)
Valid NYS Drivers License (copy required upon initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Previous experience in working with critically disturbed adolescents and families

HOURS:
Flexible to meet the needs of the program

POSITION LEVEL:
Responsible to the Cottage Director and Director of Special Services for all treatment and liaison functions

OBJECTIVE OF POSITION:
To effectively intervene with families in order to facilitate the goal of family reunification and to locate and secure both short and long term aftercare services

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Locate, identify, and establish appropriate primary and alternative discharge resources for residents, in conjunction with their Permanency Planning Goal, as defined by the Family Court System.
Work closely with the Cottage Director to stay informed about residents’ progress in treatment and effectively communicate progress to families.

Provide family therapy or casework to the families as indicated in the treatment plans, as well as keep families updated about their youngsters’ progress in treatment. There should be bi-weekly face to face contact with families whose youngster is currently in placement.

On an on-going basis, provide information about the Agency programs and admission criteria and procedures to the OCFS, Probation Departments, Family Courts, School Districts, and other human service agencies.

Provide liaison services to the referral agencies and other human services agencies in the community in order to facilitate the progress of children and their families.

Provide aftercare services to children and their families for three (3) months after discharge from the Agency.
Provide support services to the families, i.e., help gather information about community resources, help obtain financial, transportation, food and shelter supports.

Be an integral part of the child’s treatment team by providing input to the team about family issues, dynamics, and needs by participating actively in the formulation of treatment plans. Whenever possible, the Family Worker should attend the Comprehensive and Treatment Plan Reviews.

The Family Worker should meet at least monthly with the Director of Special Services for supervision.
Conduct a Parents’ Support Group on a regularly scheduled basis.

Represent the Agency at Family Court hearings and present the Agency’s assessment of the children’s and families’ treatment needs.

Help develop discharge plans. As needed, make referrals for aftercare services, including but not limited to services through Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Bridges to Health, Mental Health, etc. Assist families in identifying and securing aftercare resources.

Perform public and Agency relations functions as directed by the Director of Special Services.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions and the Director of Special Services.

Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard, practice and policy of The William George Agency. This includes, but is not limited to, review of The William George Agency’s Safety Policy and attending all required safety related training.

To adhere to all rules, regulations, policies and philosophy of The William George Agency and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
DEPARTMENT:
Residential Services

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