JOB TITLE: Functional Family Therapy (FFT) Therapist
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Functional Family Therapy (FFT) Supervisor
The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Our mission is to empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities. While our doors are open to all, with 36 languages represented across staff, AAFSC has developed cultural and linguistic expertise serving members of NYC’s Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, Muslim, and South Asian (AMENAMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.
AAFSC works across four key priority areas – Promote, Prevent, Get Ready, and Communicate – in order to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. We promote mental and physical well-being and community power. We ensure families are knowledgeable about their rights and equipped to participate in civic society with confidence and security. We strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and work to end domestic and gender-based violence. We provide the tools for learners of every age to succeed. Finally, we uplift the voices and needs of under-represented communities and champion gender, racial, restorative, and immigrant justice.
To provide high-quality case planning, case work, and case management services to high-risk families referred by the Administration for Children’s Services. These families may be experiencing a wide range of challenges, including personal/marital/relationship problems, financial stressors, acculturation issues, family destabilization, and/or parent/child conflict. The Therapist provides intensive preventive services to avoid foster care placement and ensure the safety and welfare of children in the home. He or she provides the family with services according to ACS standards and requirements. The Therapist follows the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) model. FFT works with youth between the ages of 11 to 18 who struggle with behavioral and/or emotional problems and have been referred by the juvenile justice, mental health, school, or child welfare system. As a strengths-based model, FFT focuses on acceptance and respect and uses assessments and interventions to determine risk and protective factors in relation to the family and youth’s development.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct assessments including reviewing referral information, identifying, and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses and individualized case planning goals.
Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote and demonstrate compliance with FFT model.
Participate in all model trainings, supervision, consultation activities, and staff meetings.
Build relationships with community stakeholders (e.g., child protection services, Guardians ad Litem, judges, schools, etc.) to ensure cooperation among service providers.
Manage the extensive documentation requirements to successfully comply with various mandates from FFT, ACS, OCFS, and other relevant stakeholders.
Document contacts and case progress in the Care4 system in a timely manner.
Adopt a strength focused approach with families, stakeholders, and within the program/treatment team.
Accompany families/clients to psychiatric appointments and other provider/community appointments.
Attend weekly supervision, consultations, and on-call meetings.
Case Management & Advocacy
Provide case work/case management services to families receiving FFT services, which includes but is not limited to providing supportive casework, coping skills, parenting, etc., focusing on service goals, and child welfare laws, and improving family relationships and bonding, etc.
Conduct home visits and office visits to assess for child safety and risk complying with ACS requirements. Face-to-face contacts should be conducted at weekly. More visits may be required. Casework contacts occur at least weekly in the home; in instances of imminent risk front loading three sessions in ten days must occur; families with children under six months of age/two visits monthly until child 6 months of age and all children in the household must be seen at least once per month.
Ensure joint-home visits are conducted within 5 business days from the date of referral, in collaboration with the Conference Facilitator, Supervisor, and Program Director. Usher along decision for service within 10 days.
Evaluate and assess the current family functioning including child safety and home safety (e.g., assessing other adults in the home, ensuring safe sleep, working fire alarms, window guards, etc.), and formulating goals and a service plan with the family.
Ensure all initial intake documents (AAFSC/FFT intake, DV screening, child trafficking) are completed and processed accurately using AAFSC internal databases (i.e., Apricot, Care4).
Advocate for the family by linking them to needed services in the community: medical, mental health, entitlements, day care, home health aide, substance abuse treatment, anger management, etc., and following up to monitor participation and progress.
In collaboration with the Conference Facilitator, support the facilitation of regular Family Team Conferences and Service Termination Conferences, as well as other relevant ACS-led conferences. Family Team Conferences must be conducted 56 days prior to the reassessment FASP due date.
Ensure FASPs are launched 30 days prior to the due date and submitted to Supervisor 3 weeks prior to the due date.
Complete Initial, Comprehensive, all Reassessment FASPs, and Plan Amendments for all Advocate Preventive Only (ADVPO) cases offline.
Complete and submit Child Trafficking Screening for CWS and ADVPO cases.
Evaluate walk-ins and community referrals for needed services and potentially for advocacy cases.
Provide case coverage in the absence of a co-worker (as needed).
Quality Assurance, Communication, and Documentation
Complete all documents required by ACS in a timely manner (5 business days) including but not limited to progress notes and FASPs which should reflect the progress or lack thereof of service goals, and the reaction of the family to services during the review period or contact.
Complete all ACS and internal forms required for case opening and closing. Obtain consents and forms needed for other case activities.
Obtain and maintain collateral contacts with all other service providers including school and medical reports on a regular basis.
Comply with all data entry requirements in a timely manner (Care4, PROMIS, Connections, Apricot, etc.).
Appropriately follow incident reporting procedures (as needed).
Maintain relationships with ACS personnel, including DCP workers, joint home visit ACS staff, and Family Service Unit (FSU) workers, for ongoing ACS supervision.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Regularly collaborate and communicate with PPRS staff by responding to emails, maintaining an up-to-date outlook calendar, participating in supervision meetings, and scheduling office days.
Trainings, Meetings, and Audit Preparation
Attend training provided by ACS, FFT model developer, and other organizations as required (minimum of 42 hours/6 days each fiscal year) and log training by submitting certificates to Training and Technical Assistance Manager.
Attend internal meetings and trainings as scheduled collaborating with the multidisciplinary team (e.g., monthly supervision).
Assist in preparation of internal and external audits (PEMS, PAMS, safety alerts, etc.) related to the program operation and delivery of services.
Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.
All team members are expected to support the Resource Development team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.
Demonstrate a willingness to respond to evolving community needs, including, but not limited to, making referrals in light of community needs, supporting with the development of and implementation of new initiatives or programming, and raising awareness of new or evolving needs.
Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.
BACKGROUND & POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
A successful Therapist at AAFSC is one that is both compassionate and objective. The candidate must be a good communicator and problem solver who is able to quickly respond to unforeseen challenges. In addition to these general skills and traits, AAFSC is looking for a candidate with the following skills:
Bilingual or multi-lingual fluency required. Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Russian, or Uzbek skills strongly preferred.
Experience working with under-served students in urban schools, child welfare system, and/or community-based settings a plus.
Exercises discretion regarding sensitive personal and legal information.
Job contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance.
U.S. Work authorization required.
We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals are encouraged to apply.