Caseworker / Family Support Specialist - STAR Youth & Family Program

JOB TITLE:

  • Caseworker III / Family Support Specialist, Qualified Mental Health Professional

OVERVIEW:

Caseworker III / Family Support Specialists may provide crisis intervention, family and individual sessions, curriculum-based parent and youth skills training classes, any ancillary services and emergency care services. Caseworker III/Family Support Specialists must be trained to ensure that the needs of STAR clients and contractual obligations are met at all times. STAR Caseworker III/Family Support Specialist is expected to work with the family and/or youth to identify the presenting concern and subsequent concerns, identify the family and individual's strengths and use an evidenced-based program curriculum or a combination of approaches, including an evidenced-based program curriculum to explore behavior alternatives, identify steps to resolve the problem and measure progress for a minimum of thirty-five (35) minutes per session. 

Our service area for positions in this posting covers the following counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, and/or Upshur

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Delivery of evidence-based skills training services in an outpatient setting, to youth ages 0-17, and their families.
  • Caseworker will provide referral, screening, intake, outreach, counseling, individual, family, and group skills-based training, development of individual action plan, advocacy training, and crisis intervention in individual, family and group settings. Adjunctive services include collaboration with other providers/agencies, outreach, and public speaking.
  • Caseworker will use the following skills:
    • Applies and teaches effective counseling skills inclusive of those utilizing evidence-based and behavioral management techniques based upon family systems theory.
    • Provides screening and intake for youth admitted to residential youth shelter services, and as needed, will provide services listed above after discharge.
    • Participates in on-call rotation of night/week-end/holiday coverage to insure crisis intervention/shelter care is available.
    • Possess technical skills as described in the Core Competency Inventory, elements of job scope performed in a manner that articulates the mission, vision, and values of the organization and the program.

COMPETENCIES:

The competencies listed here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Self-motivating, able to work independently.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing in the English language.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with a variety of individuals, teams, and systems.
  • Record data neatly, coherently, accurately, and objectively.
  • Follow service implementation processes designed to meet the needs of people served and funding-source requirements.
  • Emergency/Crisis Intervention skills.
  • Ability to proficiently work with computers and electronic records.

QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A Bachelor's degree, preferred in the Human Services field, from an accredited university. 
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience working with at-risk youth and families.
    • Must demonstrate knowledge and applied competency in use of counseling techniques and experience in the use of evidence-based and/or behavior management models.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

  • Valid Texas Driver's License

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Physical requirements that are bona fide occupational qualifications essential to the performance of the job:

  • Mobility, ability, and stamina to sit, bend, and reach during an 8-10 hour workday.
  • Able to lift a minimum of 10 pounds.
  • Sensory acuity sufficient to evaluate, treat, and monitor client needs and maintain accurate records.
  • Fine motor skills sufficient to legibly document and communicate.
  • Routine 8-10 hour shifts with weekends off. Will serve on call for one week approximately every two months. 

TRAVEL:

  • Assignments in community settings, homes, and schools only require local travel.
  • Field-based assignments require travel within these counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, and/or Upshur.
  • Training assignments require overnight, statewide travel.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment described here is representative of that which the majority of employee encounter. These conditions may vary by position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level may vary between low and mild.
  • The work environment should not experience temperature extremes (hot and cold).

SALARY:

  • Based on experience.

Type Full Time
Location Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, or Upshur
Category Professional
Setting Field based
Credentials Bachelor