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Family Preservation Counselor

November 19, 2012 - January 10, 2014
Location:Largo, FL
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:This position is in the Diversion Services Department provided through the Eckerd Community Alternatives Contract to decrease the number of children entering the Child Welfare System.

Directions for Living has embarked upon implementing and imbedding Trauma Informed Care principles throughout our agency. Candidates should have knowledge and/or interest in assisting Directions for Living carry out this implementation.
Duties:The clinician will work in a team approach to utilize a solution-focused, family centered approach and evidenced based practices to assist families in meeting needs and goals while preventing further incidents of abuse, neglect and abandonment. This individual will work with the other members of the team to provide a supportive, empowering and respectful relationship with families to facilitate change and emphasize the need to take action by providing both concrete services and family interventions. The clinician will provide therapeutic services in the home or in a place convenient to the family and the services needed. The focus of this position is to provide short term crisis intervention services to at-risk families. The clinician will provide services that will be flexible to the parents individual needs and will include a discharge/after care plan for each family upon case closure. The clinician will identify the family’s strengths and resources and build upon these elements. Individuals in this position will participate in case staffings. Upon assignment to a family, the clinician will complete an in depth clinical assessment with a focus on Trauma Informed Care treatment at the initiation of the case, and update the assessment at critical junctures and at the closure of the case. Depending upon the risk level of the case, the number of weekly therapeutic visits will vary – high risk cases receiving more frequent counseling. This individual will be required to transport clients as needed and assigned. The therapist may be assigned to be on call for coverage after hours and on weekends. Staff are required to complete all corporate and industry related training for child welfare services, including the principles and techniques of Signs of Safety.
Qualifications:oHave a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Human Services or related field from an accredited college or university.
oCertified Addictions Professional (CAP) preferred.
oHave an established record as a strong team player.
oExcellent organizational skills, detailed oriented.
oExcellent presentation and training skills.
oExcellent people, customer service skills.
oMinimum two years related previous experience conducting comprehensive clinical assessment and one year of which is in child welfare.
oHave the ability to work independently, to coordinate multiple tasks, prioritize work and manage time to accomplish tasks with multiple interruptions.
oPossess effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
oHave excellent analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail.
oHave strong working knowledge of electronic record platform; in particular, FSFN and be proficient in Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint.
oWorking knowledge of Profiler/Avatar electronic healthcare systems preferred.
oHave knowledge of clinical workflow and a basic understanding of clinical terminology.
oHave substance abuse treatment experience.
oMust be available 24/7 for emergencies and backup as required. Ability to work irregular hours as needed.
oAble to develop and maintain outstanding relationships with the respective staff of County Sheriff’s Department and Eckerd Community Alternatives involved in this project.
oMust have and maintain clear driving record, maintain required corporate levels of personal vehicle insurance and must pass safety vehicle inspection check.
oMust successfully pass the state required background screening prior to employment


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