Position Summary: MDFT Therapist Assistants provide culturally competent, case management and advocacy to families in the MDFT Programs in compliance with ACS policies and procedures as well as those of MDFT.
The Therapist Assistant is part of a clinical team that comprises of a MDFT Supervisor and up to 5 MDFT therapists. The Therapist Assistant’s duties are performed in support of, as well as in coordination and collaboration with the MDFT therapists and supervisor. The primary duties of the Therapist Assistant are to conduct case management assessments and advocacy on behalf of families in the MDFT Program. Based on these assessments, the Therapist Assistant will address families’ need for support in areas such as PA, housing, DOE, and referrals for community based services such as parenting classes, mental health services, job readiness programs, after school activities, summer camps, and other pro-social activities, etc.
When required, the case planner role in some cases may be transferred from the MDFT Therapist to the Therapist Assistant. In these instances, the clinical/evidence based treatment ends and the Therapist Assistant becomes the program staff primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with ACS and OCFS child welfare mandates on the assigned cases.
Responsibilities: General responsibilities for the position of MDFT Therapist Assistant will be to support the work of the MDFT Therapists by assisting families with concrete needs and services, educational advocacy and referrals to support services to alleviate barriers to their participation in treatment. Tasks of the MDFT Therapist Assistant include, but are not limited to:
- Complete TA assessment on all families within MDFT team
- Assist with concrete case management tasks, e.g. rent arrears, utility shut off, furniture assistance, health insurance, PA/HRA Benefits
- Accompany clients to entitlement appointments such as HRA/Public Assistance as needed
- Perform system updates on PROMIS and CONNX
- Assist with Intake tasks
- Request and obtain attendance and other school records as well as medical records
- Assist with maintenance of case records for MDFT unit
- Schedule FTC (Family Team Sessions)
- Conduct home assessment as well as assessment of financial resources for families as needed
- Research and Identify appropriate community based services to support families, e.g. mental health programs, DV programs, pro-social activities for adolescents etc. and make referrals as needed.
- Complete all required documentation such as progress notes, TA assessment forms, etc.
- In instances when Therapist Assistants are assigned a case planner role on cases, they perform child welfare tasks as described above on the assigned cases as well as complete FASPs and/or Plan Amendments when required.
- Attend all trainings necessary to perform above tasks.
- Accept tasks as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) or a BA in a related field required.
- Minimum one years of related experience working with adolescent and/or families preferably in a child welfare, juvenile justice or mental health settings.
- Spanish speaking preferred.
- Ability and willingness to work with families and teens in the home, school and other appropriate settings in the community.
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends as needed.
- Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team.
- Very good interpersonal/communication skills, including ability to write well and complete documentation in a timely manner.
- Computer literate.
Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b)
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please apply online through Children’s Aid website – Job ID: 002852
Children's Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability