Wabash, IN Family Preservation Therapist

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  • Department

    Family services

  • Reports to

    Regional Manager

  • Employment Status

    Full-time/Regular/Exempt

Job Summary

The Family Preservation Therapist is responsible for applying appropriate counseling skills, principles, and therapeutic modalities in the professional treatment effort as it applies to each family / child on the assigned caseload. This position will be an integral part of the treatment team’s efforts toward ensuring the preservation of the referred family unit. The Family Preservation Therapist demonstrates the ability to exercise independent judgment and function as a team member. The Family Preservation Therapist must be equipped to identify the needs of the children and families in their care, and to address those needs through evidence-based practices. This position requires an over-arching understanding of the entire continuum of services available for families, children, and the referring agencies. This Individual must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.

Qualifications

Incumbent must be a Christian with strong Christian values and a commitment to living a lifestyle that is aligned with White’s Code of Conduct and Statement of Faith. A Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Human/Social Services, Human Development and Life Studies, or a degree which meets the standards for licensure by the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board is required plus three years of related experience is required. The incumbent must also have a valid driver’s license with no restrictions that would limit the ability to perform job functions and the active pursuit or previous attainment of a license, such as an LMHC, LCSW, or LMFT, is required. Individuals who are in the licensing process or license-eligible are also acceptable. He or she must possess the basic belief that children are meant to grow up within their family of origin whenever possible, and that such warrants significant supportive efforts when necessary.

Primary duties and Responsibilities

Family Preservation Therapy Services with Families

Assess families using standardized and informal assessment instruments

Develop treatment plans with the client/family within established time frames

Provide individual/family/couples sessions to address identified clinical needs using appropriate therapeutic interventions including evidence-based practices.

Assist in the management of client crises as indicated

Aid in the completion of regular family safety assessments and plans

Case Management

Attend and represent White’s at review hearings as well as child and family team meetings; make objective recommendations to the court and the team as requested

Pursue case goals utilizing various resources in conjunction with other service providers

Regularly evaluate child/family progress and periodically meet with treatment team to review cases

Advocate for child and family’s needs and best interests by assisting in the identification of service gaps and community resources to meet identified needs

Maintain appropriate and thorough documentation in a timely manner consistent with accreditation and Department of Child Services treatment standards: Individual Treatment Plan, Monthly Progress Report, Closing Summary, case notes, outcome measures, etc.

Keep placing agency workers informed about family and child’s progress, major crises, etc.

Foster/Adoptive Families

Build and maintain positive, supportive, and encouraging working relationships with resource families

Direct resource families in their efforts to be therapeutic in their work with those placed in their home

Attend resource family trainings; co-facilitate training and/or activities for children

Facilitate training in issues related to adoption, when appropriate

Complete assessments in conjunction with therapists to guide family preparation for adoption, when appropriate

Foster Children

Prepare each foster child for the identified permanency goal in a developmentally appropriate manner in conjunction with other service providers and referring agency staff

Enhance foster child functioning by providing basic counseling, psycho-education, skills training, etc.

Implement and maintain therapeutically sound treatment programming for youth in independent living program consistent with White’s mission and philosophy

Prepare independent living students for self-sufficiency by facilitating experiential and didactic exercises and activities

Families of Origin/Guardians/Adoptive Parents

For foster care services, Build working relationships with birth/adoptive parents with whom foster child is to be reunified by facilitating parenting time and regular communication (if this is the case plan)

Provide education and support required to achieve preservation of the family unit whenever possible for relevant services

Support family preservation and reunification through the implementation of safety assessment and planning, as appropriate based on service provided.

Assess family dynamics and needs to facilitate case plan goal achievement

Serve as a resource coordinator for families in mobilizing and securing resources for critical needs; this may involve transporting families to resources or bringing such to them

Provide mentoring and teaching resources: nurturing/parenting skills, problem-solving/conflict resolution skills, child development, and self-esteem concepts

Coordinate establishment of a family support team to meet with family regularly

Identify and engage informal supports to assist after White’s services are no longer active

Coordinate development and implementation of family goal plan; includes a safety plan for children and parents; includes objectives for growth in family’s assets; includes relation dynamics as well as basic needs

Formally assess families using the approved instruments within required time frames based on service

Agency Support & Enhancement

For foster care services, Build working relationships with birth/adoptive parents with whom foster child is to be reunified by facilitating parenting time and regular communication (if this is the case plan)

Provide education and support required to achieve preservation of the family unit whenever possible for relevant services

Support family preservation and reunification through the implementation of safety assessment and planning, as appropriate based on service provided.

Assess family dynamics and needs to facilitate case plan goal achievement

Serve as a resource coordinator for families in mobilizing and securing resources for critical needs; this may involve transporting families to resources or bringing such to them

Provide mentoring and teaching resources: nurturing/parenting skills, problem-solving/conflict resolution skills, child development, and self-esteem concepts

Coordinate establishment of a family support team to meet with family regularly

Identify and engage informal supports to assist after White’s services are no longer active

Coordinate development and implementation of family goal plan; includes a safety plan for children and parents; includes objectives for growth in family’s assets; includes relation dynamics as well as basic needs

Formally assess families using the approved instruments within required time frames based on service

Professional development

Participate in Clinical Supervision regularly

Complete assigned opportunities for individual professional development, including internal, external, and self-directed learning opportunities

Participate in periodic field observation by the Clinical Supervisor or Designee

Analyze and assess performance feedback through the Coaching Review process

Other

Perform other duties as assigned by the Regional Manager, Clinical Director, or VP & Executive Director of Family Services

Skills, Supervision, Knowledge and Ability

  • The Family Preservation Therapist must be an individual with a Christian and professional commitment to work with children and youth of all ages, and their families, the referring agency, community professionals, and the White's Family Services' treatment team

  • Must demonstrate initiative and the ability to complete work assignments with minimal direct supervision

  • Must be dependable and organized to complete assigned tasks and mentor newer staff

  • Must have the ability to clearly, concisely, and professionally communicate ideas through effective verbal and writing skills

  • Must understand and demonstrate knowledge of counseling/helping skills

  • Must maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality

  • Must personably, genuinely, empathetically, and emotionally communicate and interact with foster children, resource families, birth families, other professionals, and placing agency workers

  • Must be a “team player.” This person needs to enjoy working closely with other staff members and have the ability to be flexible, adaptive and positive in his/her actions.

  • Must maintain appropriate hygiene and attire per dress code

  • Must be a positive role model for the children and youth assigned

  • Must be committed to the Mission, Core Values, and Vision of White’s Residential and Family Services.

Physical Demands of the Position

Must be able to drive moderate distances for service provision, court hearings, etc.

Must be able to handle the challenge of prioritizing multiple roles and responsibilities, attend to crises and other unplanned events with minimal to moderate direct supervision, and meet regular deadlines for required documentation

Working Conditions

General office hours are: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Travel, therapy sessions, and other tasks will regularly extend beyond these “office hours.”

The Family Preservation Therapist will be expected to respond to child and family crises as part of a team. A contact number will be given to staff and their clients to use as needed. The Family Preservation Therapist is required to support on call requirements for their caseload when not taking PTO.

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Statement of Faith*

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Code of Conduct*

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the Code of Conduct for White's.

statement of
Faith

Hello prospective employee! White’s Residential and Family Services exists to offer hope and transformation through Christ to children and families. As members of a Christian organization, each employee must recognize that living a life in accordance with the standards presented in the Statement of Faith found below is necessary as it serves to unify us as a Community of Believers set out on the same path. Therefore, all individuals who are interested in applying to work at White’s must first agree with and abide by White’s Statement of Faith

The Statement of Faith is as Follows…

Remaining true to our Quaker heritage and Josiah White’s vision, White’s Residential and Family Services’ primary reason for existence is to offer hope and transformation to children and families through Christ. As such, we have firm beliefs about the Christian faith and how we must act in accordance with our beliefs.

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. White’s Residential & Family Services’ board of directors serves as White’s highest, human interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our agency’s faith and beliefs, practice, policy and discipline at work.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:15).

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 10:30).

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33), in His virgin birth (Luke 1:35), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles (John 2:11), in His atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7), in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and in His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11).

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:16-19).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christ-follower is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14).

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).

We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24).

We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).

As Christians living out our faith, it is unsurprising that our beliefs influence our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle choices. As Christian professionals, we will not compromise our commitment to our professional code of ethics while providing superior care to our clients who possess differing values or beliefs.

I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Statement of Faith.

white’s residential & family services
Employee Code of Conduct

As a distinctly Christian ministry, for over 165 years our mission has been to enrich the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. We are best able to achieve this through Christian staff who constantly strive to demonstrate the love of Christ through their actions, words and overall lifestyle.

It then follows that all employees who serve as members of White’s community agree to uphold certain foundational standards through their behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle choices at work and in their personal lives. Living in accordance with these standards shall serve to unify us as a “community of believers.” As a member of White’s “community,” we believe employees should strive to live in harmony with the following foundational standards as evidence of their life committed to growth in Christ and sound judgment based on Christian principles:

We believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we are responsible for our faith journey and strive to pursue a life of service to Jesus Christ in our personal life and while at work. We believe the investment in our spiritual life is critical and we strive to make time regularly for prayer and communion with God. Opportunities for Christian fellowship, worship, learning, and celebration while at work are opportunities not to be overlooked, but to be sought out as ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to growing in our faith as part of the White’s Community.

We believe every human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions. Therefore, we must seek ways to act out of love and respect for each other, encouraging and building up one another, not causing one another to stumble. We believe that to achieve this, employees must practice a lifestyle that demonstrates purity to those around them (Romans 13-14 & I Corinthians 10:31-11:1).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect,and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward anyindividual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.

We believe there is great power in the spoken word and therefore all lying, profanity, gossip, obscenity, and other negative uses of language diminishes our work with the children, families and our coworkers.

We believe employees must demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority, and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principal when an issue arises with fellow employees or management.

We believe in the power of our example and that our minds and bodies should be used in God-honoring ways, living our lives as Christian role models and conducting ourselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding our Christian testimonies. Because our example is powerful and because most of our service population is impacted by some form of substance abuse, we especially recognize the dangers and negative implications of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among staff. Therefore, we seek to minimize or refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco and we agree to completely abstain from the illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics and other harmful substances. When an employee is representing White’s or is in the course of representing White’s business, he or she is expected to refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco.

We believe our life serves as a Christian Witness to the children and families we serve and our commitment to expressing Christian values is critical even when making entertainment and recreational choices outside of work. Therefore, we actively avoid forms of leisure, entertainment and recreation that are incompatible with holy living and seek activities that are consistent with our pursuit of Christ- like living.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrew 13:4).

We further believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and that activities that give the appearance of sexual immorality should be avoided by staff.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of White’s Residential & Family Services as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the White’s Residential & Family Services clients, fellow staff members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by White’s Residential & Family Services in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement (Mathew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).

I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Code of Conduct.

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