JCCA’s Treatment Family Foster Care Program is seeking a Socio-therapist to join the team in the Bronx. The Treatment Family Foster Care Program (TFFC) was designed to address the needs of children in foster care who have severe behavioral and mental health concerns. The children in the TFFC program have psychiatric diagnosis and/or a history of psychiatric hospitalization, and/or multiple placements in the system. Many have also suffered emotional trauma as the result of physical and sexual abuse, extreme neglect and multiple failed placements. The goal is to provide enough support to these children, ages 2-21 and their caretakers so that they can safely remain in the community, rather than be placed in congregate care.
The Socio-therapist ensures that all therapeutic youth have a behavior plan that addresses individualized behavioral strengths and challenges pertaining to the specific youth. The Socio-therapist will support the clinical team in implementing and monitoring the plan of care for the youth on their caseload.
Creates, in partnership with families, plans which address safety, behavioral, psychological and permanency needs.
Monitors safety, well-being, and permanency progress by conducting regular casework contacts and providing the necessary services to meet the needs of the children and families.
Complete timely documentation of all reports and casework activities including FASPS, Psychosocials, Adoption Home studies, Kinship Home studies, court reports
Actively participates in Family Court Hearings, Family Team Conferences, and other meetings to advance permanency for children and families.
Provide crisis intervention as needed
Implement evidence-based models with foster parents, parents, discharge resources and youth.
Coordinate care with other agency and community-based programs such as Behavioral Health & Wellness and Health Homes
Provide family planning counseling to youth 12 years and older and document discussion with foster parents
Work to identify family resources and support for youth through Family Finding evidence-based practice.
Hybrid work schedule – remote days available
Bachelor’s Degree required – preferably BSW
Experience supporting families and adolescents with social services Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma informed perspective.
Ability to work with diverse population of clients and team members
Must be highly organized with ability to meet program deliverables and deadlines
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work flexible hours – some evenings as needed to meet client needs
Ability to use public transportation to travel throughout New York City or Agency vehicle when available
The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to frequently communicate with clients who have inquiries about services that you are providing. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations