Intercept Youth Services
  • Chesapeake, VA, USA
  • Full Time

Professional Qualifications:

A candidate for a Life Skills Coach/Case Worker position must have the following combinations of minimum education and work experience:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in social work or a field related to social work

but not limited to sociology, psychology, special education or counseling, and one year of experience in providing casework services to children and families;

        

  1. A doctor's or master's degree in the social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or a field related to social work such as sociology, special education or counseling, with a student placement in providing casework services to children and families. One year of experience in providing casework services to children and families may be substituted for a student placement.

 

  1. A baccalaureate degree in any field plus two years experience in providing casework services to children and families.

 

Preference for these positions will also be given to applicants who have experience in case management experience working with youth with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.  Those who prepare these youth for living in less restrictive environments, obtaining employment or functioning in the community more effectively; and/or conducting home-based, school-based, or field based service delivery.  

 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Program Supervisor, the Life Skills Coach/Case Worker will perform the following functions, other duties may be assigned.

 

Interviewing children and families;

Conducting youth assessments;

Supervising youth in Independent living arrangement

Coordinating services to minimize fragmentation of care, reduce barriers, and link children with appropriate services to ensure comprehensive, continuous access to needed medical, social, education, and other services appropriate to the needs of the resident;

Assessing periodically to determine the resident's needs for psychosocial, nutritional, medical, and educational services;

Monitoring and following up by assessing ongoing progress in each case and ensuring services are delivered. The case worker shall continually evaluate and review each resident's plan of care. The case worker shall collaborate with the family assessment and planning teams and other involved parties on reviews and coordination of services to the youth and their families

Educating and counseling by guiding the youth and developing a supportive relationship with promotes the service plan;

Collaborating closely with the family assessment and planning teams and other involved parties in preparation of all case plans.

Preparing and carrying out social plans with children and families;

Preparatory counseling with youth and families for placement or discharge, or both;

Preparing and maintaining case records.

Serve as a facilitator for young person's person-centered planning and his/her Transitional Living Plan (TLP) team.

Service planning by developing individualized treatment and service plans

Promote the involvement of staff, caregivers, other natural, and community supports.

in planning services for each youth.

Chart and record services rendered in accordance with agency standards.

Work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.

Assist youth in acquiring access to community resources (e.g., employment, housing,    Chaffee funding) 

Collect and record data relevant to the youth's progress on their TLP goals and submit monthly and quarterly reports to the referring worker of the placing agency.

Have and maintain a current diver's license to transport youth as necessary.

Familiarize self with youth's strengths and weaknesses in leisure skills, socialization, motor development and physical condition and plan activities to complement youth's needs.

Conduct weekly Community Life Skills Groups, review youth's progress with Life Skills Development, and discuss barriers with the Program Supervisor to determine appropriate activities and events.

Initiate and supervise activities within the daily and weekly schedules that promote Life Skill Development and Independent Living.

A full time Life Skills Coach shall serve no more than 5 youth at one time.

Direct Care

Interact with all youth in accordance with the treatment plan and the therapeutic process.

Maintain therapeutic relationships with appropriate boundaries with all youth.

Terminate youth/staff relationship upon youths discharge.

Accompany and directly supervise youth on outings, activities and appointments in the community.

Exercise appropriate intervention in accordance with the least restrictive alternative to protect youth from harming self or others.

Facilitate youth community meetings.

Administer first aid to youth in response to minor medical problems.

Notify Program Supervisor and legal guardian of any significant youth's medical complaint.

Notify Program Supervisor and legal guardian of any unusual events, accidents, medical problems, etc.

Guide youth in personal hygiene techniques and the proper care of their apartments.

Demonstrate initiative, creativity and flexibility in organizing and conducting recreational activities and outings.

Report any property damage or maintenance concern to the Program Supervisor.

Exercise fair, firm and consistent use of behavioral system

Administer medications as appropriate.

Record accurate and complete information in the resident chart pertaining to: resident behavior, critical incidents, AWOLs, restrictions, unusual sleep patterns, etc.

Assist youth in learning meal preparation steps.

Guide and instruct youth in proper housekeeping and laundry procedures.

Use good interpersonal communication skills to gain youth's cooperation and resolve youth conflicts.

 

Program Implementation

 

Initiate organizational steps needed during the shift to plan weekend activities and follow daily schedule.

Take primary responsibility for decisions made during the shift.

Inform co-workers of concerns and issues related to meeting program expectations and/or resident needs during shift.

Pro-actively encourage positive team work among all staff.

Serve on Treatment Team, attend meetings and contribute to the development of the program and how it relates to each youth's treatment needs.

Regularly work on weekends for program continuity, ensuring consistent application of program rules, expectations and philosophies.

 

Environment

 

Adhere to safety and security guidelines.

 

Assist in proper use and storage of supplies, equipment, etc.

 

Maintain facility in clean, safe condition.

 

Report potential hazards to the Program Supervisor.

 

General

Perform any other duty which may be requested but not included herein.

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