Children's Village Systemic Therapy Empowerment Program Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker in Yonkers, New York
Position Overview: The STEP Aftercare Program works with youths returning home from foster care or residential treatment centers and who are either reunifying with their families, engaging in independent living or APPLA. The STEP Aftercare Program utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as its clinical model and foundation. DBT is an evidence based approach which is user friendly and adaptable to the individual based upon skillset, need and level of trauma. DBT allows the clinician to adjust for the needs of the family based upon a variety of factors such as cultural components, different ages, substance use, SPMI and trauma. DBT is also adaptable and integrates well with a variety of other clinical models, making it an ideal format for families who are working on maintaining reunification and integrating within their communities. STEP Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker will specialize in working with our youth who have been involved with the Juvenile Justice System. As part of this work, the worker is responsible for the ongoing development of each family/client’s DBT Diary Cards and coordination of ongoing services. The Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker will initiate clinical interventions specific to the needs of our Juvenile Justice youth, utilizing DBT as the clinical framework. The Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker may at times work in conjunction with the DBT Informed Multi- Family Therapist, depending on the needs of the family. If working in conjunction with the DBT Informed Multi- Family Therapist and the family therapy ends, the Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker continues with aftercare- empowering the family to maintain previously developed DBT skills and Diary cards, proactively encouraging practice through use of homework assignments and skill building. The Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker monitors community supports and obtains minimum monthly progress reports from all providers, assists with other identified needs- housing, substance abuse, mental health, etc. For all families-at the one year mark, all cases are assessed for status to determine if needs have changed and/or if visits need to increase as we know behavioral patterns can change around this time. If needs change, we can reintegrate the family therapy component within STEP at this juncture. The Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker can remain involved with a youth/family for up to two years post discharge or up to the age of 21, if the youth is under Independent Living.The Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker will also be responsible for carrying out the curriculum and facilitating workshops and groups geared specifically to address the issues surrounding our Juvenile Justice youth. The Juvenile Justice Intervention Worker in conjunction with the support of the STEP Casework Supervisor will continue to modify the curriculum so that we are consistently up to date in addressing the needs of our youth that we serve. The Juvenile Justice Intervention worker will also assist in the training team on the ongoing issues that our youth face amongst the Juvenile Justice System.
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related subject area required. Masters preferred. 1 year case management required, experience with casework specific to the juvenile justice system or Independent Living Skills required. Valid Driver's License and access to a working vehicle required. Excellent computer skills and writing skills required.
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- Bachelors or better
- 1 year: case management, casework specific to the juvenile justice system or Independent Living Skills