Title: Family Functional
Therapy (FFT) Therapist
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time
REPORTS TO: FFT Supervisor
To all prospective applicants please be aware, effective Friday, September 10, 2021, The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) will require that all employees, volunteers, and onsite contractors provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994
to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social
services. Across our eight
locations, we empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully
acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the
community. While we support
anyone, who walks through our doors, over nearly 25 years, we have developed expertise in
serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant
AAFSC works across
four priority areas—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal
of strengthening families. AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy
relationships, and family reunification. We get our families ready to succeed,
work, and lead productive
lives. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by counseling
families, offering case
management services to victims of violence, and cultivating healthy
relationship skills in young people.
Finally, AAFSC communicates the needs of the marginalized, amplifying their
voices for increased impact.
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. The Therapist should demonstrate interpersonal skills and
the ability to connect
with and engage with families. A commitment to immigrant, refugee and
low-income communities is also
essential for success in this role.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
assigned caseload (typically 8 active cases at any given time, though number
provide direct clinical home-based treatment using methods compatible with
Functional Family Therapy-Therapeutic
Case Management model.
assessments including reviewing referral information, identifying and engaging
identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses and individualized case planning
clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote and
in all model trainings, supervision, consultation activities, and staff
relationships with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services,
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.
contacts and case progress in the Care4 system in a timely manner.
• Adopt a
strength focused approach with families, stakeholders, and within the
families/clients to psychiatric appointments and other provider/community
weekly supervision, consultations, and on-call meetings.
Case Management & Advocacy
home visits and office visits to assess for child safety and risk complying
Face-to-face contacts should be conducted at weekly. More visits may be
case work/case management services to families receiving FFT services, which
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.
joint-home visits are conducted within 5 business days from the date of
the Conference Facilitator, Supervisor, and Program Director. Usher along
service within 10 days.
and assess the current family functioning including child safety and home
adults in the home, ensuring safe sleep, working fire alarms, window guards,
formulating goals and a service plan with the family.
• Ensure all
initial intake documents (AAFSC/FFT intake, DV screening, child trafficking)
processed accurately using AAFSC internal databases (i.e. Apricot, Care4).
for the family by linking them to needed services in the community: medical,
entitlements, day care, home health aide, substance abuse treatment, anger
and following up to monitor participation and progress.
collaboration with the Conference Facilitator, support the facilitation of
regular Family Team
Service Termination Conferences, as well as other relevant ACS-led
Team Conferences must be conducted 56 days prior to the reassessment
FASP due date.
FASPs are launched 30 days prior to the due date and submitted to Supervisor 3
prior to the due
Initial, Comprehensive, all Reassessment FASPs, and Plan Amendments for all
Only (ADVPO) cases offline.
and submit Child Trafficking Screening for CWS and ADVPO cases
walk-ins and community referrals for needed services and potentially for
• Provide case coverage in the absence of a
co-worker (as needed).
Quality Assurance, Communication and
all documents required by ACS in a timely manner (5 business days) including
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.
all ACS and internal forms required for case opening and closing. Obtain
forms needed for
other case activities.
• Obtain and
maintain collateral contacts with all other service providers including school
medical reports on
a regular basis.
• Comply with
all data entry requirements in a timely manner (Care4, PROMIS, Connections,
follow incident reporting procedures (as needed).
relationships with ACS personnel, including DCP workers, joint home visit ACS
and Family Service
Unit (FSU) workers, for ongoing ACS supervision.
other job-related duties as assigned
collaborate and communicate with PPRS staff by responding to emails,
calendar, participating in supervision meetings, and scheduling office days.
Trainings, Meetings, and Audit
training provided by ACS, FFT model developer, and other organizations as
(minimum of 42
hours/6 days each fiscal year) and logging training by submitting certificates
Technical Assistance Manager.
internal meetings and trainings as scheduled collaborating with the
team (e.g. monthly
• Assist in
preparation of internal and external audits (PEMS, PAMS, safety alerts, etc.)
operation and delivery of services.
Ambassador & Champion
• Every AAFSC
team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of
vision and values. This includes the following:
relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership
Leadership and the Development & Communications team. This includes
being sensitive to
and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant
service, professional communication, and follow through, and always
Leadership and the Development & Communications team aware of any
challenges, or updates.
• All team
members are expected to support the Development and Communications team
with any requests
in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications,
at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social
media, flyers, and
other externally-facing communications.
• Always act
with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office
This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal
communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients,
or communication with external partners
BACKGROUND & POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
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
degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related subject area.
state/agency or willingness to become licensed).
skills in Microsoft Office suite and excellent writing skills are required.
or multi-lingual fluency required. Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Russian, or Uzbek
working with under-served students in urban schools, child welfare system,
settings a plus.
discretion regarding sensitive personal and legal information.
contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance.
• U.S. Work
BENEFITS & PERKS - FULL-TIME POSITIONS
- Generous PTO package including: 12 paid holidays, 12
safe & sick days, and 5 floating holidays annually. Additional accrued
vacation time based on tenure.
- 100% employer paid medical insurance for employee only
- Vision and Dental coverage
- Free, confidential mental health counselor for employee
- Professional development opportunities
- Pre-tax commuter benefits account
- Aflac voluntary coverage
- 403b with employer match following waiting period
- Advancement and growth prospects including supervision
for licensure hours and certifications in evidence-based models
We are an equal
opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals are
encouraged to apply.
Arab American Family Support Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled