Family Specialist

Catholic Charities SF
San Rafael, CA
Jul 04, 2017
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Job Description


The mission of St. Vincent's Programs and Services is to interrupt the multiple placements and serially disrupted attachments that characterize the lives of those children and youth in our child welfare system whose behaviors and family situations have up until now kept them from achieving successful outcomes and permanency. St. Vincent's achieves this mission by providing services across a continuum of care, utilizing both residential treatment and residential based services and community-based resources such as SB 163 Wraparound, Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) and Individual Rehabilitation.

The Family Specialist provides family-based mental health counseling, support, crisis intervention, and case management services to children, youth and families. Family Specialists are members of a treatment team, and provide services at the program site and in the community, including, but not limited to, hospitals, schools, and family homes.

  • Maintains supervision of children at all times and maintains distinct and structured adult/child boundaries
  • Working with assigned clients, from ages 6 to 16, sets effective behavior limits consistent with those outlined in the Plan of Care. Follows through on implementation of treatment plans for children.
  • Teaches, models, and supervises social, cleaning and grooming skills in the home, school and other relevant community settings. Sets effective limits consistent with FCP's treatment goal in a nurturing way
  • Collaborates with other care providers on the development of a plan of care and behavior goals. Contributes to and follows plan for partnering with families in the milieu.
  • Responds calmly and professionally to crisis, working towards agreement/consensus with clients and their families to de-escalate tense situations
  • Trained in Handle with Care or PRO-Act
  • Consults with caregivers on agreements to call police if de-escalation techniques do not work or if clients are a danger to themselves or others
  • Works towards agreement and building consensus with treatment participants on plan of care approaches to behavior.
  • Will involve travel to client or their families within San Francisco county and surrounding counties.
  • Participates in Family Conferences, staff meetings, collaborative team meetings with youth, supervision - schedules other related meetings as needed
  • Ensures client engagement with positive program activities, such as music lessons, sports programs, and other activities that enhance individual development
  • Remains immediately accessible to clients and supervisor while performing duties in the field
  • Effectively and appropriately communicates with all team members (youth, families, natural supports, and county/community providers), on an on-going basis, ensuring others have necessary information
  • Therapeutically manages children in activities of daily living in: A. large groups B. small groups C. individually
  • Maintains physical plant, and follows specific plans for house upkeep responsibilities and tasks. For example: Communal living spaces
  • Attends team meetings
  • Uses supervision and feedback to enhance job skills and grow professionally
  • Has proficient ability to complete all written documentation.
  • Understands medication side effects, and procedures for administering medication when needed and if applicable.
  • Follows Agency policies and procedures regarding: Attendance and reliability; Has the responsibility to adhere to protocols and schedules for taking breaks; Scheduling time off appropriately and well in advance, so as to not interfere with the efficient operation of the program; Is ready and available to work at the start time of the shift; Attends training's as assigned; Completion of all appropriate documentation in a timely fashion (SIR's, log notes, treatment reviews, mental health progress notes and time sheets. Observance of all emergency protocol (medical, runaway, disaster, CPS, and administrative notification)
  • Takes responsibility for participating in, leading and designing positive program activities and mental health rehabilitation groups if applicable
  • Performs assigned duties in accordance with Agency treatment philosophy and Mission Statement
  • Provides guidance, direction to all on call staff and volunteers if applicable.
  • Performs other duties as needed
  • Provides safe, effective, efficient, culturally competent and consumer centered implementation of direct care in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.
  • Will participate in crisis response on-call rotation for FCP

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience:

  • BA preferred; two years of relevant experience working with children, youth and families.
  • Experience working with children and youth in Residential or Foster care a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Possess capacity to interact with youth and families from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Possess good documentation skills
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Responds to crisis situations on short notice
  • Available to work evening and weekends.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Good organizational and writing skills
  • Use of an automobile, possession of California drivers License and automobile liability insurance for the minimum prescribed by law or the ability to provide for independent transportation.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Clearances Required Prior to the First Day of Employment:

Fingerprinting Clearance: Required TB Screening -Negative Tuberculosis Test:Choose an item.

First Aid Certificate: N/A.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Intermittent bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting, and walking.
  • Occasional lifting, pushing, and pulling.
  • Frequent repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • The worker is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Must be able to drive at night.
  • Must be able to complete ProACT training.

If driving a car is required for the position, incumbent must have a valid California driver's license and be able to provide proof of DMV record and personal insurance (if required.)


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The work environment includes homes, schools, offices, and community resources such as recreation facilities, churches or various outing and store locations.
  • Noise level is usually moderate in accordance with what is typical in the above settings.
  • May include contact with clients with mental health issues who demonstrate behaviors such as cursing, shouting, running away, self harm and violence.
  • The work environment will include children ages 7-19.
  • May be exposed to odors such as frangances, cleaning products, and clients who experience difficulties with personal hygiene.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Will include driving a personal vehicle.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Company Description
Catholic Charities is the social services arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Founded in 1907 to care for the orphans of the San Francisco earthquake, Catholic Charities is an independent non-profit organization. All financial contributions directly support Catholic Charities programs in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma Counties. Catholic Charities serves and advocates for the poor, the sick, the distressed, children, youth, families, immigrants and seniors, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other basis covered by local law.

San Rafael, CA


Mon, 3 Jul 2017 16:30:57 PDT