Family Support Specialist

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Lakewood,CO

10/16/2019

Overview
The Family Support Specialist will provide caregiver-to-caregiver support services to families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or co-occurring disorders. Because of their unique life experience for caring for children with these disorders and navigating child-serving systems parents/grandparent/caregivers are able to use their unique experience to inspire hope and provide support to others who are facing similar challenges.
Responsibilities
Essential Duties:
* Ability to create, promote and facilitate a family support group.
* Ability to create and facilitate family and individual activities that help support
* Ability to regularly facilitate support and informational groups to clients and the larger community.
* Make outreach phone contact to families of new consumers and referrals from staff. (some evening hours may be required)
* Help engage and support families in the treatment process.
* Demonstrates ways for families to become empowered and self-responsible.
* Supports others in learning how to make good choices for themselves.
* Help link families to resources both internally and externally.
* Coordinate with internal and external providers to assist family in reaching
* their goals
Other Duties:
* Meet documentation standard for all assigned paperwork
* Exhibits enthusiasm, respect, adaptability, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment
* Collaborate effectively with both internal and external members of treatment team.
* Demonstrate supportive and non-judgmental attitudes.
* Maintains appropriate professional standards and provides appropriate follow-up for families.
* Demonstrates ability to work with families with diverse backgrounds including awareness of cultural differences.
* Timely response to phone calls, e-mails and other requests.
* Participates in team meetings and planned activities.
* Attend all trainings and supervision sessions as requested by the supervisor.
Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
Qualifications
Associate or Bachelor's degree (from an accredited university) preferred. Must be parent/grandparent/caregiver of child with emotional or behavioral health disturbance. Also need to have knowledge of motivational interviewing, engagement skills, strength-based and resiliency concepts. Also need to collaborate effectively with a multi-disciplinary team. Knowledge of community resources and have ability to help families navigate child servicing organization.
Knowledge of the juvenile justice system is a plus.
Good Communication and Organization Skills.Colorado Driver's license and DMV Background Clearance, Basic Computer Skills.

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