Youth First Social Worker – Position Description
Purpose: The Youth First Social Worker (YFSW) works closely with the respective school environment to provide a multi-tiered system of support that aligns with best practices in public health (National Institute on Drug Abuse) utilizing universal, selective and indicated methods of prevention/early intervention in context of the Social Worker role. YFSW follow a neuroscience and trauma informed method, building resiliency through skills, enhancing relationships with significant adults and fostering readiness for change among individuals and throughout the school culture. Emphasis is placed on specialized mentoring used to assist students in managing life stressors/challenges through evidence based programs and practices.
Reports to: Director of Social Work/Clinical Supervisor/Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Roles & Responsibilities: a. Provide Prevention/Mental Health Expertise at the school advocating for early intervention/prevention, utilizing Youth First philosophy and time allocation model of service b. Provide indicated prevention/early intervention services to identified students and their families including, but not limited to: Assess referred students and families for service needs Develop and implement individual student/family service plans Chart student and family progress in case records Collect and record data for program evaluation Serve as a liaison between the school, family, and community resources Staff case needs through clinical supervision c. Participate in student service team (RtI, Social Emotional Team, Student Assistance) at the school to identify student needs, to support a team approach to helping students and to avoid duplication of services d. Provide Small Groups (emotion regulation, social skills, etc.) e. Plan, coordinate, and implement evidence based programs that are the best fit for the school environment. These programs include Reconnecting Youth©, Coping and Support Training (CAST), Botvin’s Life Skills Training, Teen Series, and WhyTry© f. Support and/or Facilitate Youth First after school programs including Strengthening Families 7-17©, and In it to Win it the Seven Habits Way g. Provide Educational Presentations to students as a dosage of Universal information h. Plan and provide Monthly Universal activities in the school i. Provide required documentation including but not limited to: monthly reports through web-based system, and monthly principal building reports
j. Work collaboratively with other Youth First social workers, school employed social workers, teachers, nurses, principals, counselors, psychiatrists, and other school staff to help students who have need of supportive services k. Participate in continuing professional development, individual and group supervision l. Provide Education/Professional Development for school personnel and parents m. Other duties as requested
Requirements: a. Master’s Degree in Social Work b. Licensure in Social Work (LSW) or Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in the state of Indiana c. Leadership in Social Work skills set d. Ability to build and maintain trusting rapport within school environments e. Ability to work independently, and to function effectively with multiple tasks f. Ability to interact positively with schools, parents and students g. Ability to perform duties with awareness of and compliance with related corporation policies and state requirements h. Ability to organize time and workload to fulfill requirements of the job i. Working knowledge of community resources for referrals j. Skill in dialoguing with at-risk youth and families about change k. Knowledge of issues surrounding youth and their families l. Demonstrates Cultural Competency m. Basic computer mastery skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
Equal Employment Opportunity: Youth First will not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, assignment, evaluation, promotion, discipline, termination, or any other employment action on the basis of any characteristic or class, which is now or may in the future become protected by law. Employment with Youth First is based solely on qualifications and competence for the particular position to be filled. Since such qualifications and competencies are not peculiar to any type or class of individuals, and since Youth First recognizes the value of a diverse workforce, there will be no discrimination in employment decisions and actions on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Job ID: 280769769