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Family Engagement Specialist

Sasha Bruce Youthwork | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

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.

Job Summary:

The Family Engagement Specialist is responsible for providing direct counseling services and support to youth and families served at Bruce House and in the community, to support and sustain positive family relationships and reunification of families in crisis. The Family Engagement Specialist works in collaboration with Bruce House staff, MPD and DHS staff to provide specialized services to youth identified by MPD and/or Sasha Bruce as missing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Conducts community-based home visits, school visits, and collateral visits to meet and conduct case management and crisis stabilization sessions.
  • Collaborates with Bruce House treatment team to provide coordination of services and aftercare for youth and families in need of group home respite care
  • 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 counseling, substance abuse prevention, sex education, mentoring, etc.
  • Liaisons with DHS and other service agencies and participates in case conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in psychology, social work, or human services required/ Masters preferred
  • Experience working with youth, teens, and families dealing with trauma, crisis, and community stress.
  • Adaptability and persistence to meet the changing needs of families and identify capacities and strengths in challenging situations

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, pass the required DC clearances (and other states as applicable) and provide any additional information regarding previous records, if necessary.