The Nicholas Scoppetta Conference Facilitator
Civil Service Title:
CHILD AND FAMILY SPECIALIST
492 First Avenue, New York, Ny
Off Plcmnt/Pre-Plcmnt Svcs-Dcp
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Proposed Salary Range:
$70900 - $82093 (Annual)
The New York City Administration for Childrenâ€™s Services (ACS) is seeking an outstanding candidate to serve as a Child and Family Specialist for the Nicholas Scoppetta Childrenâ€™s Center [NSCC] within the Division of Family Permanency Services. Reporting to the Clinical Manager of the NSCC Social Work Team, the selected candidate will become an integral member for one of the countryâ€™s premier childrenâ€™s services agencies dedicated to strengthening NYCâ€™s families and their 1.8 million children. Under supervision, with some latitude of independent judgement and decision-making, CFS provides psychosocial services to the NSCC; provides services to individual clients/parents or to families and/or other groups of adults/children, utilizing casework, clinical social work or community organization methodologies or performs social work planning for the agency; functions as a member of the multidisciplinary team assigned to the child and performs related work, responsible for but not limited to: â€¢ When placement is required, identifies, assesses and recommends resources and the level of placement for children, based on the least restrictive placement setting based on the childâ€™s needs. â€¢ Conducts or participates in child intake to obtain information regarding the childâ€™s social, emotional and academic strengths, special needs, medical and mental health needs, family dynamics, history of trauma, etc., to formulate psychosocial evaluations, Care Plans [individualized strengths-based plans outlining the childâ€™s strengths and challenges, and strategies that are known to be successful in engaging and or managing the childâ€™ behaviors] or Crisis Plans to address high risk behavior or safety considerations â€¢ Facilitates conferences/meetings with children, Childrenâ€™s Center team members, service providers, community members and other ACS staff when re-assessment of childâ€™s safety, placement changes and/or permanency choice is required â€¢ Confers and consults with professionals from different disciplines to facilitate the implementation of a multi-disciplinary team approach to care within the therapeutic milieu â€¢ Ensure that safety, risk and permanency concerns are identified and addressed during team meetings and external conferences with service providers. Facilitates weekly team meetings to discuss interventions strategies and or service needs â€¢ Functions as the team leader/facilitator for multi-disciplinary child focused teams and manages the flow of information among team members regarding specific children. Teams may include staff from child care, MHT Nursing and OPA units â€¢ Serves as programs liaison to ACS field Office, FCLS, Court, Foster Care agencies, Mental Health providers and community agencies as it relates to placement and behavior â€¢ Serves as the primary resource for emotional support for the child: â€¢ Orients children to the Childrenâ€™s Center program [including Behavior Management Program] and to the child welfare system as appropriate, which includes explaining the purpose of the childrenâ€™s Center, the next steps in finding placement and levels of care â€¢ Coordinates, prepares and debriefs with children regarding phone calls with family, visitation and court appearances. Helps children in processing the emotions connected to these events, formulate their wishes and find healthy ways to express their emotions to the above mention systems o Provides children with information about the placement process, including updates and responds to childrenâ€™s fears and questions, processes any resistance on the part of the child regarding placement â€¢ Provides children with information and support regarding placement interviews, including accompanying them to interviews as needed to provide emotional support o Provides crisis intervention to children and functions as part of the crisis response and debriefing team â€¢ Provides trauma informed direct counseling to children and families, discusses behavioral challenges and family dynamics issues and determines and appropriate plan of actions; makes referrals to other public agencies and community resources as needed â€¢ Functions as part of the Crisis Response Teams, providing crisis de-escalation and crisis debriefings, as outlined in the Safe Intervention Policy â€¢ Coordinates, supports and plans for institutional or hospital discharge and other post institutional hospital care, where needed, for example talking with the social workers at the hospital or residential setting about childâ€™s functioning, effective interventions, and/or safety plans â€¢ Provides social work related trainings and in service for other disciplines at the Childrenâ€™s Center for example, presenting on topics that would be helpful to childcare staff on understanding the assessments conducted by CFS, interventions for specific groups of children â€¢ Attends meetings on an off-site, such as child specific meetings, staff conferences, social work staff meetings and rounds, participates in wo
Minimum Qual Requirements
A Masters Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work and 1. A valid New York State Registration as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and at least one year of full-time, satisfactory, post-graduate experience that includes substantial experience in one or more of the following modalities of practice: facilitation of family team conferences or family group decision-making meetings utilizing a conferencing model which emphasizes family engagement and consensus based decision-making; clinical group work with children, youth, parents or individual families; or the conduct of professional training on topics related to child and family services; or 2. A valid New York State Registration as a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and at least three years of the experience required in "1" above. Up to two years of this experience may have been in the supervision of social work practice areas described in "1" above; or 3. At least three years of the experience required in "1" above. A valid New York State Registration as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Master of Social Work license (LMSW) must be obtained within one year of appointment. Note: Employees who fail to obtain their LCSW or LMSW within one year after appointment may have their probationary periods extended for no more than six months. Failure to obtain the LCSW or LMSW by the end of the probationary period will result in dismissal. Note: At least one year of the required experience described in "1", "2" and "3" above must have been obtained in the last five years. .
A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, or equivalent; preferably a Master’s Degree in the fields of public administration, business management, environmental planning, or a related field.
A minimum of 10 years of full time satisfactory professional experience in the field of environmental health and safety.
Experience overseeing large teams of staff and vendors performing multiple different types of work at a fast pace.
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New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer