Hours of Work Per Week: 40
Scheduled Hours: Flexible 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.
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.
*** 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 work/services field and supporting through various challenges (addictions, mental health, domestic violence, suicide, etc.)
• Knowledge of indigenous culture is an asset.
• Valid Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
• 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.
• Training in suicide prevention and cultural sensitivity
What WJS Canada does
WJS Canada, a national social services agency, works with government ministries, community and social organizations in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario through over 90 contracts. Together, we provide community-based services to children and families, persons with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth and young offenders, designed to foster positive life changes, increase self-esteem and confidence. As a Certified B-Corp, for-profit company, we use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Over the past 30 years, we've grown to over 700 dedicated staff who serve approximately 1,600 persons through over 125 services, with revenues that exceed $50 million annually.
Our Employees Enjoy
• Financial reward for New Hire/Employee referrals • A fair and equitable wage.
• An excellent Health and Dental benefit plan, with premiums paid by the employer!
• Programming that meets current best practices.
• Innovation that sets and defines new standards of care.
• An empowering balance of independence and supervision.
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