The Treatment Specialist is responsible for effectively engaging children/NMDs in individual and group activities, assisting with individualized treatment objectives, completing written reports, maintaining positive verbal communications, and delivering interventions that are developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed and culturally competent. As a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team, the primary purpose of this position is to ensure the safety, supervision and care of children and nonminor dependents (NMD) at all times within the Short-Term Residential Treatment Program.
The following are the major duties and responsibilities that you will be required to perform. You are delegated the authority, responsibility and accountability to carry out your assigned duties. Every effort has been made to make this job description as complete as possible. However, we must emphasize that you may be required to perform other related duties and activities.
To perform this job successfully, you must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the following always:
Supervision, protection, and care of children/NMDs at all times, individually and in groups whether on or off-grounds; Interact with children/NMDs in a manner that is free of shame, embarrassment, judgment, or retraumatizing.
- Assistance to each child/NMD in working within a group and in handling individual problems.
- Application of the “Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard” and the setting of limits for behavior that is consistent with trauma-informed care standards.
- Notation of the child’s progress; identification of the possible need for additional professional services; and communication of such findings to professional staff.
- Assistance with the provision of or access to core services and supports, daily activities, and emotional and social supports, as necessary.
- Reporting to the Facility Manager and making recommendations to address identified problems.
- Assist with and supervise homework, chores, and recreational activities.
- Oversee daily routines, including sleep, hygiene, dressing, etc.
- Model appropriate disciplinary interventions, as needed.
- Create opportunities for and teach general life skills, such as cooking, personal hygiene, cleaning living areas, and maintaining clothes.
- Transport and accompany children/NMDs for medical and other appointments; and participate in those appointments as appropriate.
- Proactively intervene to prevent incidents and problems that arise among the children/NMDs and de-escalate problems as quickly as possible; use crisis intervention skills in communicating with children/NMDs; assist with physical restraints in accordance with Pro-Act guidelines and FCYS policy and procedures.
- Serve as a role model for children/NMDs and maintains professional boundaries while modeling effective social interactions, positive communication skills and respectful interpersonal transactions.
- Participate in Child and Family Team Meetings when identified as a support person by the child/NMD and if possible given assigned shift, supervision responsibilities and Facility Manager approval.
- Participate in Treatment Team Meetings by providing constructive information about each child/NMD’s strengths, level of functioning, progress, challenges, and resource needs; Open to feedback on proposed interventions, alternate engagement strategies, safety planning and factors related to culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, development, and trauma history.
- Act as a Mandated Reporter in the reporting of suspected child and elder abuse, as required by law.
- Meet regularly with supervisor and assigned clinician concerning the child/NMD’s treatment and program planning problems; assists in development or modification of procedures to deal with individual children or groups.
- Professionally communicate with other STRTP treatment team members to ensure consistency and continuity of services and promotes a positive, supportive team environment.
- Help maintain the physical appearance and condition of the STRTP home/milieu, and the surrounding grounds through active participation and supervision of each child/NMD. Report safety concerns or hazards immediately to Facility Manager and/or STRTP Program Manager.
- Participate in internal and external training sessions, individual supervision, and agency staff meetings, and demonstrate an ability to apply training concepts and supervisory directives to daily duties and responsibilities.
- Maintain current knowledge of the client population, treatment services, best practices, risk assessment and planning, and intervention strategies via continued education, workshops, seminars and/or specialized trainings.
- Maintain confidentiality in accordance to agency Policy and Procedures, respective county guidelines and any applicable state regulations.
- Perform other duties as may become necessary or as directed.
Experience working high-risk children, adolescents, adults and/or families within the Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Probation systems preferred.
- Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree from an accredited college or university OR Completed 12 semester units of Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Development, or Foster and Kinship Care Education and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth OR A valid certificate as an Alcohol Counselor, Drug Counselor or Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth OR Previously have been employed as a full-time staff or served as a volunteer at a group home, STRTP, or substance abuse treatment program for at least one year.
- Strong people skills and ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an emphasis on confidentiality, tact, honesty, transparency and diplomacy.
- A valid California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier. A Class B license may be required for certain activities.
- ProAct, First Aid and CPR certified required, or obtain certification within 90 days of employment.
- Must fulfill all requirements of employment, including clearance of all required background records (e.g. Department of Justice, Child Abuse, California Community Care Licensing, County Sanction List, etc.), professional, physical examination, and drug testing.
- Strong personal initiative and the ability to make timely decisions and to develop and carry out plans, work assignments, and meet deadlines.
- Must be regular and punctual in attendance.
We are equal opportunity employers that are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws