Family Support Worker (Temp full time) - Slave Lake
Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time
Location: Slave Lake, Alberta
Scheduled Days Each Week: Monday-Friday
Schedule: Flexible 40 HR work week hours as some evenings and weekends may be required to meet the needs of the families WJS supports.
370-32 Strong Families Slave Lake
WJS Canada's social services team work together with youth and families to create culturally-responsive, customized support plans, based on best practices. This focused-approach has brought life changing results, even in some of the most complex of cases. Individuals, community agencies, government services, teachers and caregivers can refer youth/families to our program with their consent, as well as self-referral.
*** This is a temporary position to cover a maternity leave (approx. 7-months remaining) ***
The Family Support Worker works directly with families, youth and children supporting them through challenges and coordinating therapeutic family care teams to 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 position works regular office hours, as well as evening & weekend hours, up to 40 hr/week. Flexibility is required in order to support families during evenings & weekends when they are gathered together & require the most support.
**Qualification requirements deem this to be Family Support Worker level 2.**
In Your Role You Will
• Establish trusting relationships with children and families, while assisting them in the development of interpersonal, communication skills, daily living skills, and other areas of interest.
• Provide flexible and responsive client centered support to address children, youth, family or caregiver needs through individual program plans while respecting choices, decisions and needs of families.
• Provide individual and group counseling as appropriate.
• A key component of this position is supporting children and families to connect with resources and organizing ongoing service delivery with stakeholders.
• Collaborate and/or work as a team with community systems (i.e. school), specialized service providers, volunteers and extended family members.
• Conduct family visits in the community and be available for evening/weekend visits and/or on standby as required.
• Attend supervised visits with families that are involved with the Ministry of Human Services.
• Transport individuals or families as required.
• Accommodate and respect cultural, social and religious heritage.
• Follow up on closed case files to ensure family safety and implementation of individual program plans.
• Administrative duties including typing/filing reports, compiling monthly reports, etc.
COVID-19: Please be aware that governments and/or funders within our service sectors are mandating services be provided by employees that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hiring.
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Diploma in Social Services, Bachelor of Social work or similar education. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
• 3 years working with families in social services field and supporting through various challenges (addictions, mental health, domestic violence, suicide, etc.)
• Knowledge and application of therapeutic and intervention theories and the stages of child development;
• Excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills and interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of diverse communities and to resolve conflict in an effective manner;
• Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
• Strong understanding of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
• Valid CPR/First Aid and WHMIS
• Knowledge of aboriginal culture is an asset.
• Training in suicide prevention and cultural sensitivity
What WJS Canada does
WJS keeps families strong through a variety of programs and services, including:
• Family Reunification, Preservation and Support
• Home Visitation
• Supported Family Time
• Family Team Meetings, Group Conferencing
• Family Finding & Engagement
• Child in Care Services
• Personal and Family Counselling
• Early Intervention or Diversion Programs
• Driver Escorts for Families
Our Employees Enjoy
• Generous benefit packages (after 3-months employment) including: Employer-paid Dental & Extended Health with 100% prescription coverage, Employer-paid AD&D and $5,000 Dependent Life, 3 weeks annual vacation and more!
• Safe, respectful and caring team environment
• Training programs to ensure professional development and career development
• Flexible hours
We recognize that equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important element in our work and in our day to day lives.
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