The Spanish Speaking Child & Family Specialist is responsible for providing direct one-on-one behavioral interventions to assist a child/youth in eliminating destructive activities, minimizing impulsivity, and to promote pro-social functioning as identified in their individualized services plan. The Child and Family Specialist provides a positive role model and uses a flexible strengths based approach to assist the child/youth/family in development of necessary daily living skills and competencies that are required to achieve permanency and successfully live in the community. This individual works directly with the children and families in the home, community, or wherever is most convenient for the family. Assists with helping child/youth work towards achieving a positive relationship between family members and maintaining a permanent and successful placement.
Working from a strength based, family driven model the Child & Family Specialist will provide behavioral interventions for children/youth. Behavioral interventions may include but are not limited to: immediate behavioral reinforcements, positive reinforcement, time-out strategies, time structuring activities, cognitive behavioral approaches, etc.
Provide systems oriented interventions for child/youth family, foster family, or support system. Systems intervention may include collaboration with other members of the mental health treatment team, assisting in establishment of effective familial boundaries, assisting in linkage to community oriented services.
Participate in all Child/Family Team (CFT) meetings.
Works with an interdisciplinary team to provide strength based, family focused supports and linkages.
Ensure child / youth and their families are involved in establishing goals in the areas of living arrangements, social relationships, constructive use of leisure time, productive activity, and dental and medical health care.
BENEFITS: We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes Medical, Dental, Vision Care, Aflac, Life Insurance; PTO, Holiday Pay; 403 Retirement Plan and Wellness Plan.
JOB TYPE: Full-time
Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or other human services related field with two years of experience working with youth and families. Or
Master’s degree in social work or similar field with one year’s experience working with youth and families
Knowledge of mentally ill child and youth populations, targeted case management and rehabilitation
Two years of experience working with youth and families (if with Bachelor's Degree) OR One year’s experience working with youth and families (if with Master's Degree)
SPECIAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
Basic computer skills and literacy are required to use the agency electronic health record. Staff must be able to logon, type, use a mouse and negotiate through various screens or windows to complete daily chart documentation
Must be able to pass California State Department of Justice criminal background investigation, Live Scan and/or fingerprinting.
Must be willing to travel across Los Angeles County to provide services to clients and families when necessary.
Must be available to participate in on call rotation that requires 24/7 crisis response when necessary.
Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or other human services related field OR Master’s degree in social work or similar field