The Family Specialist is a member of the Stetson School Family Specialist Team, and a member of the larger Stetson School residential department. Under the coordination and supervision of the Residential Director, the Family Specialist responds to Stetson School internal referrals from residential teams, the school team, clinicians, or case managers for the extension of family services beyond those services provided by Stetson School clinicians or case managers. Services provided by the Family Specialist include the provision of in-home and in-community services for students and their families/primary case givers, such as in-home family counseling and psychoeducation, parenting support and parent skill development, and the provision, supervision, and monitoring of family visits, interactions, and communication. The Family Specialist also develops opportunities for and provides multi-family group psychoeducational, counseling, and support services. Family services additionally include assistance to placement agencies in coordinating and creating linkages for in-home and in-community aftercare services for students who are expected to re-enter the community post-discharge. The Family Specialist provides consultation and training in family work and the provision of family services to Stetson School staff and works closely and collaboratively with Stetson School clinicians and case managers. The Family Specialist must be capable of independent work in the community, and in the homes of youths and their families. The Family Specialist will work flexible hours, including early evenings and weekend days as assigned.
Accepts referrals for extended family services from Stetson School clinicians and case managers.
Assessment of family strengths and weaknesses.
Development of family support and service plans.
Collaboration with clinicians, case managers, and treatment teams on working with and increasing levels, types, and frequency of services to identified families.
Provision of in-home family counseling, family psychoeducation, and/or parenting development services such as parent skill development.
Transportation of students to their home or community for the provision of in-home and/or community-based services.
Bachelor’s degree required in social work, psychology, counseling education, guidance counseling , human services, or a field closely related and relevant to counseling and/or the provision of family services.
18 months experience working in a human services agency with troubled youths and/or their families. A one year undergraduate internship in the delivery of human services may be substituted for nine months of professional work experience.
Valid Massachusetts Drivers license.
Social work license at the LSW or higher level preferred.