MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Clinical Assessment, Engagement of Child/Youth/Birth or Foster Family and Community
- Utilize Clinical assessment and engagement skills to meet with child, youth and family in the home, hospital or other community settings to gather demographic, clinical/situation information and in partnership with a designated Mental Health Professional, complete initial behavioral health intake.
- Meet with child/youth and family, completing behavioral health clinical assessment tools including the CANS Assessment, CALOCUS, GAINS SS and Quadrant determination.
- Demonstrate familiarity with DSM criteria for clinical mental health diagnoses and formulate a clinical diagnosis based on client background and presenting behavioral health issues and concerns.
- Gather information from medical, behavioral health and other community providers for children/youth referred to support intake diagnosis and access to on-going FBH services.
- Engage the youth and their birth/foster family during the initial therapeutic session, assessing for immediate safety needs and concerns, gather and clinically summarize client history and presenting issues prioritizing urgent safety considerations in the intake process.
Individualized Service Planning and Implementation of MFM Model:
- Act as primary “First Clinical Responder” to youth and their birth/foster caregivers, providing initial direct crisis response, de-escalation, and emergency supervision for children and youth who are in behavioral crises in their foster home, school, and community. The Clinician I will provide intensive and strength based therapeutic behavioral health services and supports to children, youth and families in the community including: assessing for immediate safety and stabilization needs, treatment plan development, safety and crisis planning, child and family team meeting facilitation, on-going assessment and evaluation of current treatment planning strategies, goals, and outcomes.
- Prescribe and implement behavioral health strategies and treatment plans for high risk children and youth in foster care, modeling and teaching social behavior, self-protection skills and awareness, and developmentally appropriate coping and social interaction skills. Provide skill building support that enhances a youth’s ability to function effectively and safely in the community addressing therapeutic issues such as anger management, alternatives to aggression toward others, frustration tolerance, and socialization.
Clinical Support to Children/Youth, Foster Caregivers and MFM Constellation
- As part of the MFM team, outreach into the community to recruit prospective foster parents and respond to inquiries to meet MFM recruitment targets.
- As part of MFM team, visit prospective foster family homes to assess their readiness and ability to care for one or more children in need of temporary foster care using the MFM model.
- Contribute to the completion of a foster home assessment including supporting the foster home applicant in completing home study materials including supporting the completion of a written summary of the foster home strengths and capacities.
- As part of MFM team, provide ongoing foster parent support and education opportunities including CCT.
- Working in partnership with Foster Home Licensor to support MFM families through the licensing process, including collecting documentation, participating in the initial screening of the parents’/family’s readiness and ability to provide foster care, utilizing thorough knowledge and understanding of the WAC in regard to licensing of foster parents.
- Working in partnership with Foster Home Licensor, support MFM constellation by making quarterly Health and Safety visits to each licensed home, ensuring their continued compliance with licensing regulations, and noting any needs as well as any deficiencies.
Mockingbird Family Model Clinical Liaison
- Collaborate with the Licensing Supervisor or Licensor II to be available for emergency contacts by foster parents via home, office or cell phone numbers, and offering other kinds of support to them in times of need.
- In coordination with the Foster Home Licensor II or Licensing Supervisor, assess risks in home milieu and participate in the development a Home Supervision Plan to ensure the safety and appropriate supervision of all children placed in a foster home.
- Coordinate with the Hub home in providing monthly constellation meetings and trainings.
- Coordinate with the Hub home in providing ongoing activities for youth in the constellation.
- Participate in data tracking and meetings to ensure the constellation remains in fidelity according to the Mockingbird Family Model.
- Other duties as assigned.