At carya (formerly Calgary Family Services), we know that the strength of our community is rooted in its people. That’s why we’ve dedicated more than 110 years of service to creating healthier, more connected communities in Calgary.
With numerous programs for youth, families, and older adults, we provide a spectrum of mental health and social inclusion services for people of all ages - from babies to youth to older adults - and their support networks. Our highly skilled team encourages thousands of Calgarians each year to discover their full potential and build flourishing relationships with their families and community.
This position reports to a Clinical Supervisor and is part of the Strong Families in Community department.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Functional Family Therapist’s primary responsibility is to provide direct counselling service to families of children across all ages in a variety of settings (office, school, home) in the community. Effectively engaging clients and focusing on growth, development and positive change, using the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) model, follow ethical guidelines and respect the client’s uniqueness and right to self-determination while keeping in mind a child’s right to be protected.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) therapists are required to manage an active caseload and be willing to see clients, primarily families but also with flexibility to meet individually and in dyads, as well as group work as needed. Caseload composition will vary according to the needs of the community, funder requests and needs of the agency. Therapists are responsible for managing cases including assessment, intervention and closure as well as documentation of the process.
Therapists are required to keep abreast of relevant literature and research, to ensure service delivery according to best practice, ethical guidelines and meet adherence and fidelity requirements for FFT. Therapist are also required to utilize supervision regularly and to work holistically and collaboratively with all partners involved. Therapists must ensure that service is delivered according to policy and procedure guidelines and performance standards. Therapists must be available to deliver service at least two evenings per week and be flexible and creative in meeting client needs. This position requires close collaborations and working relationships with several Calgary partnerships to ensure quality treatment for all families.
In alignment with carya’s mission and the systemic nature of our work, some portion of a counsellor’s time is to be committed to community engagement with families with children. As a member of the Strong Families in Community Team, you will engage with children, youth, couples and families in a client-directed way, in the context of their community. These positions will be focused upon family systems interventions, specifically using the Family Functional Therapy (FFT) model. Flexibility, an ability to engage and work within the community from a natural supports lens, an interest in working with family structures, and a willingness to be trained in evidence-based practices are necessities.
Qualifications & Experience
Please note: applicants are encouraged to present with a current Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Review and a Child Intervention Record Check.
Full Time Regular
(1.0 FTE, 37.5 hours per week; $59,999 - $73,790)
Competitive benefits package, flexible work schedule & supportive work environment
May 17, 2021
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Carya is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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