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FUNCTIONAL FAMILY THERAPY
Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Children, whose name means “Our Voice” in Swahili, is a community-based nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire African immigrant women and girls to individual and collective self-empowerment.
Sauti Yetu is a multi-issue community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing African immigrant women to improve the quality of their lives, strengthen their families and develop their communities. Sauti Yetu’s direct services, public education and advocacy promote immigrant girls’ safe transitions into adulthood, curbs violence in the family, and gives poor and low-income immigrant women access to life skills and leadership opportunities. Our services are evidence-based, focused on sustainability, and designed to leverage each woman and family’s strength and resilience to develop solutions to problems that create barriers to their political and economic self-sufficiency and personal well-being.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) – Therapeutic Case Management (TCM) is an adaptation of FFT that is a systemic, evidence-based treatment model for youth (0-18 years old) and families in the child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. FFT-TCM integrates family based therapeutic case management services with the core FFT model to provide comprehensive and wholistic approach to helping families. FFT-TCM is an all-embracing model intended to provide families all across the developmental spectrum with a pathway to engagement in treatment, develop skills to stabilize and work through daily family issues, and take those skills and generalize them to success in managing future problem and thus, becoming self-sufficient.
FFT-TCM has two service tracks within the model:
• Low Risk track supports families that are more likely to successfully engage in community-based interventions and programs.
• High Risk track supports families that need intensive change processes delivered in the home to address risk of placement or where there are issues of child safety, neglect, family violence, mental health concerns, and substance abuse or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.
We are seeking a Therapist to work in the FFT-TCM High Risk track. This person provides empirically documented, well-grounded, and successful interventions for youth and families who reside in the Bronx. This individual is responsible for providing home-based, model adherent, culturally competent, clinically oriented, short term (3-6 months) treatment. He/she focuses on assessing family members relationally with a range of individual and family assessments so they can better match families to necessary behavior changes to address risk, needs, and safety.
General responsibilities for the position of Therapist will include, but are not limited to:
• Carry caseload of approximately 8 FFT-TCM High Risk cases
• Administer treatment consistent with FFT-TCM High Risk model to ensure fidelity and adherence to the model.
• Research and identify appropriate community-based services to support families, e.g. mental health programs, DV programs, pro-social activities for adolescents etc.
• Make referrals/appointments to community-based agencies and support families in these services as needed.
• Attend all FFT-TCM trainings as required as well as all mandated ACS trainings.
• Participate in all weekly staff meetings with supervisor.
• Complete all FFT-TCM documentation within the FFT/CSS system in a timely manner.
• Ensure simultaneous conversion of notes in the CSS system into the ACS ADVPO Progress Notes or CONNX Progress Notes.
• Complete all home-based contacts and seek to maintain four casework contacts per month per family as specified by the model.
• Implement all FFT-TCM High Risk protocols as provided by the FFT consultant and/or FFT supervisor.
• Fulfill all OCFS, and ACS accountability requirements including timely completion of FASPs, Progress Notes and Plan Amendments.
• Maintain monthly casework home-based contacts requirements as specified by the model.
• Be available by phone 24/7 or as needed to respond to client crises. This includes ability to conduct sessions on weekends as needed, to accommodate client availability.
• Ability to work flexible hours, including working remotely in the field and community to meet the needs of families and improve efficiency and management of time and resources.
• Other tasks assigned, and as necessary to support the program’s needs.
• Family systems theory and application
• Social ecological theory and application
• Behavioral therapies theory and application
• Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application particularly in the areas of trauma treatment and anger management
• Exposure based cognitive behavioral trauma treatment
• Pragmatic family therapies theory and application
• Child development research and its application in treatment
• Research on child physical abuse and neglect
• Social skills assessment and intervention
PREFERRED CORE COMPETENCIES:
• Willingness learn and work within the FFT philosophy and model.
• Willingness and ability to be strength focused
• Willingness to advocate for caregiver, youth, and family
• Ability to engage clients
• Ability and willingness to work with families and teens in the home, school, and other appropriate settings in the community.
• Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
• Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team.
• Ability to manage stress and self-care
• Ability to maintain a high level of self-awareness
• Ability to be comfortable with cultural differences, to relate in ways that are respectful, strength-focused, and culturally sensitive
• Master’s degree required in social work (MSW) or equivalent degree in any NYS license-eligible Mental Health profession.
• Experience working with adolescents and families in child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice setting.
• Strong clinical skills and ability to work under pressure with High Risk, crisis-oriented cases.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to write well and meet copious amount of documentation in a timely manner.
• Computer literate
• Language fluency is required in Spanish/English or French/English, and one or more African and Asian languages such as, (Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Wolof, Fulani, Soninké, Mooré, Dioula, Bambara, or Mandingo).