Are you interested in working with children and families? Do you have
passion and a commitment to helping children in care reunify with
their families? If you are looking for an opportunity to help children
in a residential treatment facility and their families learn the
skills needed to live together successfully, the Family Support
Specialist position is for you.
The Family Support Specialist (FSS) is responsible for ensuring the
successful reunification of children from a Psychiatric Residential
Treatment Facility (PRTF) with their families. In partnership with the
PRTF staff, the FSS provides a range of case management, in-home
support, psychoeducation, and after care services to children and
families to ensure a successful reunification. This position requires
some flexibility to work some early evenings and weekend hours.
- Work with a case load of 6-8 clients/families.
- Provide intensive in-home, case management, support services,
advocacy, trauma informed psycho-education and parenting skills
training/teaching, coaching, crisis support, and advocacy to families
- Work as a member of an integrated system of care, in collaboration
with parents, PRTF staff, DCF and other community providers to
- Provide on-call therapeutic support to families, in conjunction
with the clinician, working with clients in crisis during home visits;
- Maintain documentation according to licensing, accreditation, and
Medicaid regulations as appropriate.
- Participate in the implementation of treatment plans, suggesting
modification as appropriate during the course of service, to ensure
treatment gains made in the PRTF program transfer to the community setting/home.
- Assist families with identifying basic needs; providing or
accessing transportation; accessing school, job preparation,
employment and housing information; locating free family recreation
activities in preparation for the client’s return to the community
- Compile and update information on resources in the local area for
- Attend and participate in weekly rounds and child specific team meetings
- Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with other
community agencies and organizations in consultation with clinician
and supervisor, in order to provide comprehensive and effective
treatment services for clients (i.e. schools, courts, hospitals, etc.)
- Other duties or responsibilities as determined by management.
- BA in the human services field or BSW required; 3 years experience
in a comparable position in a human services agency preferred.
- Required to maintain valid driver’s license and ability to drive.
- Excellent oral and written skills and ability to communicate
comfortably with children, parents, and school personnel
- Organized and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Flexible and able to multi-task.
- Cultural competency to serve targeted populations.
- Bilingual skills preferred, but not required
- Experience working with inner-city children.
- Commitment to Results/Performance Based Accountability.
- Proficient with word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Possess solid general computer skills, including ability to work in
a Windows XP environment. Familiarity with specific applications
used by the Village a plus.
- Physically able to perform the essential functions of the
position, including performing physical holds if needed for safety,
with or without reasonable accommodations; able to function safely
in a therapeutic situations including provision of services in
clients homes or host settings; able to travel to various sites
About The Program
About Eagle House
Eagle House provides residential behavioral health treatment for children ages 6-12 who are transitioning from psychiatric hospitalization. Serving as a “step-down,” Eagle House helps prepare them for community-based treatment and a family or foster care setting.
Residents attend school onsite and receive intensive clinical support services, including ongoing nursing and psychiatry, family, group and individual therapy, and case management.
Professional staff at Eagle House use an active engagement/coaching/trauma-informed model of care to build relationships with the youth in order to stabilize them, help them improve overall functioning, and build the skills necessary to transition into a family successfully and permanently.
About The Village
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If you’d like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us!
The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including:
- Medical and Prescription Coverage
- Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Annual on-site flu clinics
- Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance
- Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance
- Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance
- 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match
Advancement in your Career
- Annual Professional License Reimbursement
- Clinical Supervision toward Licensure
- Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)
- Student Loan Forgiveness Program – National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services
- Paid Holidays
- Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave