Family Support Specialist – Full time
Lac La Biche, AB
We are currently recruiting a Family Support Specialist who works directly with families, youth and children in Lac La Biche and the surrounding community. Working as the primary caseworker. They will counsel and provide therapeutic interventions under the Collaborative Service Delivery model, by coordinating family care teams to provide support and ensure best outcomes for families. Our program structure is one that our staff will become the compass point for the family and others involved in the case. The schedule is flexible. Evening and weekend work is required to accommodate families’ schedules. This position reports to the Program Manager/Supervisor.
As an individual passionate about changing lives for the better through hard work, personal caring and good ideas, you’ll find hundreds of kindred spirits at WJS offices across Western Canada and Ontario. Every day, more than 600 WJS Canada staff serve over 1,000 people in three provinces. For over 30 years, we’ve been committed to building strong communities by providing a complete range of innovative and effective professional services to children, youth, adults and families facing difficulties. Visit www.wjscanada.com for more information on WJS and details on the benefits employees enjoy.
**All applicants must provide a current (within 3 months) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check prior to confirmation of employment with WJS Canada. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, prepare accordingly.
The successful applicant must possess:
- Provides flexible and responsive support to address children, youth, family or caregiver needs
- Conducts family visits in the community and is available for evening/weekend visits and/or on standby as required.
- Establishes trusting relationships with families to assist them toward development of interpersonal communication skills, daily living skills, and other areas of interest.
- Provides care through individual program plans while respecting choices, decisions and needs of families.
- Collaborates and/or works as team with community systems (i.e. school), specialized service providers, volunteers and extended family members.
- Accommodates and respects cultural, social and religious heritage.
- Provides individual and group counseling as appropriate.
- Follow up on closed case files to ensure family safety and implementation of individual program plans.
- Attend supervised visits with families that are involved with the Ministry of Human Services.
- Transporting individuals or families as required.
- Administrative duties including typing/filing reports, compiling monthly reports, etc.
Required Skill and Abilities:
- Bachelor of Social work, Diploma in Social Services or similar education. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
- Clear criminal record check and Child Intervention check
- Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
- Valid CPR/First Aid and WHMIS
- Training in suicide prevention and cultural sensitivity
- One full-time position; 40 hours/week
- All applicants must be available for a variety of shifts that include weekdays, weekends, evenings and overnights
- Applicants must be available for a variety of shifts that include weekdays, as well as some weekends and evenings