- Act as the intake worker and arrange for and support plans for pre-placement visits, ensure all placement agreements are signed at intake, formulate a differential diagnosis and participate in developing an individual service plan for the youth and family.
- Provide individual therapy and group work for youth, casework services to families, and family therapy where appropriate.
- Act as educational case manager for youth and attend IEP Team Meeting.
- Keep regular contact with the youth and/or family; continuous contact with the parents, teachers, and all other persons, in and outside of Nazareth, who have contact with the youth and/or family so that the efforts of all can be coordinated to understand and meet the needs of the youth; act as liaison with the referring agency.
- Interpret special needs of child and/or family to staff and provide consultation regarding trauma’s effect for special needs.
- Provide crisis intervention services during periods of emotional upset when such services would be helpful.
- Work with the direct care staff on a consistent basis to plan for the implementation of the youth’s individual service plan.
- Interpret casework findings to the staff working with the children and make recommendations for therapy and other services.
- Work with the youth and family relative to ongoing services and planning as well as for discharge and after-care services.
- Provide after-care casework service to the child and/or his family.
- Record contacts with the youth and/or family as specified in the Licensing Regulations promulgated by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and care.
- Maintain records in accordance with agency standards; participate in Quality Assurance Reviews, Utilization Reviews, Foster Care Reviews, and Gateway Treatment Plans.
- Provide clinical supervision to student interns and/or selected direct service staff on an as needed basis; responsibilities include orientation and training, case record reviews.
- Adhere to Agency Policies and Procedures, State Contractor’s regulatory requirements, Department of Early Education and Care Regulations and other external regulatory standards.
- Participate in Licensing and Accreditation Reviews as needed.
- Provide input to program planning, program development and strategic planning processes as requested/needed.
- Participate in all mandated training and other training opportunities for required professional development.
- Participate in staff meetings and peer supervision.
- Drive youth to appointments; i.e., medical, dental, sports activities, when necessary.
- Respect and maintain confidentiality. Schedule case conferences in conjunction with the Executive Director.
- Chair case conferences in the absence of an Administrator.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related Human Services field with knowledge of Family and Child Welfare service delivery systems required.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work or related Human Services field with knowledge of Family and Child Welfare service delivery systems preferred.
- Ability to view situations, issues, and conditions from a variety of perspectives.
- Ability to anticipate, identify and articulate program problem areas and to participate constructively in the design of solutions.
- Ability to develop more skills in direct service case practice.
- Ability to be flexible, sensitive, supportive of the needs of others, and reliable; able to balance competing demands of ongoing work and occasional emergencies; identify needs for assistance and calls for same when appropriate.
- Ability to communicate and coordinate with program staff within agency; willing and able to work as a team member.
- Ability to learn from mistakes and able to help staff do the same.
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
- Ability to prepare comprehensive, articulate and legible reports.
- Licensed and/or certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Required to renew licenses/certificates at the time of expiration; responsible for ensuring that all continuing education unit requirements are met within the allotted time frame.
- Must demonstrate maturity and ability to deal effectively with emotionally demanding and stressful situations.
- Must demonstrate good judgement in decision making and dissemination of information that should be communicated to staff and other supervisors.
- Must continue to achieve an annual satisfactory competency performance evaluation.