SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Family Specialist works closely with other members of the Lighthouse
treatment team to address the issues of the recovering client and her
children. They provides parent
education, training and counseling to the mothers. They assesses the needs of the children
for behavioral and counseling interventions and links children for services
in the broader community.
- Manages parenting and children's services for
assigned caseload of families.
- Establishes service plans, reviews and updates
- Participates in case conferences
- Completes children and parenting assessments of
- Provides interventions to promote children's
positive behavior, increase resiliency and reduce the risk of later
substance abuse by the children.
- Links children to needed services in the
community and coordinates external services with programming in the
residence (e.g. school, daycare)
- Provides support around custody issues
including court related activities.
- Utilizes a variety of techniques to increase
clients' parenting skills and confidence, including modeling and
demonstrating appropriate responses to children's behavior and
reinforcing effective parenting in the milieu.
- Conducts individual and group sessions for
mothers focusing on parenting.
- Supports parent involvement in decision-making
about children's services and school involvement.
- Provides crisis intervention to mothers and
- Flexible and/or unusual hours including a
regularly assigned weekend and/or evening schedule and emergency
- Availability of a car, a valid New York State
Driver's License and a clean driving record.
- Schedule and assigned
duties are subject to change based on the needs of the program and the
clients we serve.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
have knowledge of child development, effect of in utero drug and alcohol exposure, impact of addiction and
recovery on family functioning.
have awareness of strategies for improving parenting
have knowledge of substance abuse prevention theory and techniques.
be familiar with community resources providing services to children.
be knowledgeable of and sensitive to the cultural differences in family
structure and parenting style.
have effective intervention skills with children and families.
degree in related field (Psychology, Social Work, Education), and two (2)
years relevant paid direct service experience in an agency providing women's
substance abuse treatment or family and/or children's services
degree in behavioral health or human service field and QHP status plus four
(4) years relevant experience.
valid NYS drivers' license.
in good working order.
have Accredited NYS Defensive driving course; or obtain within 15 days
maintain Active NYS Defensive Driving class every 3 years, upon
driving one's own vehicle, must maintain valid inspection and automobile
provide proof of insurance upon hire and when requested.