Clinical Family Specialist (Family Strengthening Program)
Sasha Bruce Youthwork | Washington, DC | Full Time
About Our Organization:
Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, neglected, and/or at-risk youth and their families in the Washington, DC area. We achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training, and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the growing needs of DC’s youth and families with innovative programs, Sasha Bruce Youthwork is always willing to listen and ready to help.
The Clinical Family Specialist is responsible for providing direct support to youth up to age 24 who are currently homeless or at risk of entering the homeless system. The Clinical Family Specialist provides individual and family counseling with youth to re-establish or strengthen connections with family and other natural supports. Working collaboratively with other youth serving agencies in the community, youth are referred to services to support re-connection with permanent relationships that will help them move from homelessness into stability.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops working relationships and referral sources through regular networking with professionals at other youth serving agencies
- Empowers youth to identify sources of support and to understand the benefits of connecting with a supportive community
- Performs crisis intervention/stabilization work with youth and families using a strengths competency-based framework.
- Completes clinical assessment with youth and family to identify risks and strengths and develop individual treatment plan.
- Conducts individual and family counseling sessions to strengthen connections and identify capacities in families.
- Engages youth and family participation in services through assertive outreach and demonstrated flexibility to client needs.
- Provides community-based services to minimize barriers to participation
- Collaborates with other professionals and communicates with treatment team to ensure coordination of services
- Provides documentation case notes, psycho-social assessments, court reports, etc. with a high level of accuracy and proficiency.
- Facilitates therapeutic groups with youth and families
- Connects youth and families to community resources for ongoing support such as mental health services, substance abuse treatment, GED services, job training, etc.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Masters degree in psychology, social work, or human services required
- Experience working with young adults, teens, and families dealing with trauma, crisis, and community stress.
- Persistence to engage youth, meet the changing needs of families, and identify capacities and strengths in challenging situations
- Adaptability to work collaboratively within different agency settings to support and enhance current service plan
- Outgoing personality and an ability to develop strong professional relationships within DC youth serving community
Reporting to the FSP Program Manager, this is a full time, exempt level position with non-traditional hours to include evenings and weekends. All candidates must possess a valid Driver’s License, clean driving record, pass the required DC clearances (and other states as applicable) and provide any additional information regarding previous records, if necessary.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and desired salary.