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Social Worker - (Family Connections Specialist)

Company: Arizona's Children Association
Location: Prescott
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

We are looking for a Family Connections Specialist to join our team in the Prescott office! The Family Connections Specialist (FCS) supports generally complex and high risk families by providing various activities to assist in supporting and building resilience within the family unit through engagement in a continuum of family-centered services that are coordinated, community-based, accessible, culturally responsive, strength based and trauma informed. The service is intended to strengthen family protective factors, to reduce risk of child abuse or neglect, and enhance caregiver protective capacities to ensure children are safe in their own homes. Responsibilities include conducting needs assessments, developing and implementing a service plan with the family, providing family support and assistance, parenting training utilizing an evidence based curriculum, and engaging families in community services by making effective referrals, if needed. The FCS may work in a variety of settings including the client's home, school, or community. Who We Are:Founded in 1912, Arizona's Children Association is one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. Located in all 15 Arizona counties, we provide a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of more than 40,000 children, youth and families each year. When working with AzCA, you'll be surrounded by highly talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.Why You'll Love Working for Us:At Arizona's Children Association, our employees are our most valuable asset; and as such we offer a wide range of benefits to aid your health and wellness including:

  • All full time employees working 30 hours or more per week are eligible and we offer several plans for each so you can choose the option right for you and your family which includes:
    • Medical provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Dental and Vision provided by MetLife
    • We offer several plans so you can choose the option right for you and your family
    • Plans are effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment
    • We also offer: Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Life and AD&D, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
    • Employee Assistance Program provided by Cura Linc
    • Employee Wellness and Support Time every Friday morning
    • Flexible Schedules
    • Generous paid time off, paid sick leave, and 8 paid holidays
    • 403B Retirement Savings Plan provided through Mutual of America
    • Tuition Reimbursement and DiscountsFind your passion. Join our team!
      Essential Job Functions:
      • Conduct a thorough client/family emergency and concrete needs assessment, utilizing the program specific protocol.
      • Collaborate with the client/family through face-to-face interactions to build trust, evaluate safety, encourage hope and ensure ongoing engagement in services.
      • Support the development and implementation of an effective Family Connections' service plan using a strength based trauma informed approach.
      • Maintain objective, timely documentation reflective of the service provided and the client/family's efforts toward defined goals.
      • Provide effective trauma informed crisis management by triaging and stabilizing emergency situations.
      • Effectively use de-escalation techniques, respond to the needs of a client/family in a timely manner and provide follow-up care.
      • Provide or arrange for transportation of clients to medically necessary appointments as appropriate.
      • Provide effective client discharge planning, including helping the family plan and prepare for aftercare services.
      • Maintain accurate records in accordance with the timelines and program standards.
      • Maintain professional boundaries and ethics specific to the agency and particular professional certification.
      • Interact professionally, clearly and timely with internal and external customers and community professionals.
      • Represent AzCA as a trauma informed agency while staffing cases, participating in meetings, providing consultation and advocating on behalf of a client/family.
      • Participate in in-service training and educational opportunities outside the agency as required and as time and resources permit.
        • Attend and participate in all required meetings.
        • Maintain consistent attendance and punctuality to provide consistency in serving clients.
          • Safely and effectively, monitor client activities.
            • Be available outside of normal business hours to provide client services.
            • Perform work and represent AzCA in accordance with our mission, vision, values and Foundations for Success.
              • Perform responsibilities and provide effective client support with regular supervision and guidance/direction and refer clients to supervisor or more experienced staff as needed.
              • Perform other duties as assigned, which are consistent with the general responsibilities of the position.Minimum Education & Experience:
                • Bachelor's Degree and 2 years related experience in the child welfare or behavioral health field OR
                  • Master's degree with less than 2 years of related experienceMinimum Qualification & Requirements
                    • Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
                    • Possess a valid Arizona driver's license and be insurable under the agency's automobile policy.
                    • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clients' homes and/or other relevant organizations/agencies
                    • Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
                    • Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position. AzCA is an EEO/Veterans/Disabled/LGBTQ employerAt Arizona's Children Association we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that not only promotes, but values and celebrates diversity. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace and culture to better serve our children, families and community.Just like the uniqueness of the families we serve, we strive to be diverse in:race, color, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender, age, sexual orientation/preference, gender identity and expression, disability and/or diagnosis, marital status, religion, status, or any other protected status.AzCA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Keywords: Arizona's Children Association, Prescott , Social Worker - (Family Connections Specialist), Other , Prescott, Arizona

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