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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 an Interventionist to work in the FFT-TCM Low Risk track. This person meets with families to assess their relationship system so they can better match families to community-based interventions. He/she is a strong advocate for families, ensuring that effective community services are in place through making the necessary referrals and then monitoring and maintaining the change brought about by these programs and interventions. This individual works with both families and the community providers to help the family purposefully generalize the skills learned to other systems involved with the family.
General responsibilities for the position of Interventionist will include, but are not limited to:
• Cary caseload of approximately 10 FFT-TCM Low Risk cases.
• Administer treatment consistent with FFT-TCM Low 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 FFT-TCM assessment tools as required and enter in the CSS system in a timely manner.
• Implement all FFT-TCM Low Risk protocols and interventions 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.
• Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or BA in an equivalent field required
• Experience working with adolescents and families in child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice setting.
• Willingness learn and work within the FFT philosophy and model.
• 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.
• Strong clinical skills and ability to work under pressure with Low Risk, crisis-oriented families.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to write well and meet copious amount of documentation in a timely manner.
• 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).