This position is a 6a-2p Monday-Friday floater position. This person supports Spurwink's community-based residences. The Residential Youth and Family Specialist is tasked with implementing the individual treatment plans on behalf of the residents of the home. The position is designed to maximize consistency of approach to promote the greatest degree of developmentally appropriate independent functioning so that, in most cases, each resident may return to his/her family setting as quickly as possible.
In addition to teaching self-help and basic living skills, a Residential Youth and Family Specialist assists clients achieve all of the competencies necessary to manage life events successfully. This will often include the development and use of coping strategies needed to manage emotional dysregulation as well as the use of crisis management strategies. She/He works closely with families and with other treatment team members in pursuit of these competencies.
Day to day household management is incorporated into the expectations of this position, including but not limited to remaining within a household budget, designing and participating in recreational activities, the establishment of a nutritious menu, food preparation, documentation, and minor household maintenance, housekeeping, and assurance of residential safety.
Residential Youth and Family specialists are expected to:
1. Provide the appropriate level of supervision for clients in their care and adhere to the Individual Crisis and Behavior Management Plan.
2. Demonstrate safe behavior and words to assure the safety of clients and peers.
3. Administer medications according to policies and procedures.
4. Recognized and comply with the recommendations put forth by the client's ISP. Follow medical recommendations and treatment.
5. Maintain a home-like, caring, clean and safe environment for clients and their families within the clients' live in setting.
6. Provide a sensitive, nurturing, and personal home life experience for clients and act as a positive role model.
7. Contribute to the continuity of group and individual programming within the residential and community settings by implementing varied, appropriate routines and activities that reflect the children's unique developmental needs.
8. Maintain, through communication and documentation, positive and collaborative relationships and continuity with other providers.
9. Report to work on time and, if unable to report to work or if there is a need to arrive late or leave early, follow Spurwink's approval/call-out procedures.
10. Consistently engage in regular supervision, implement supervisory recommendations and directives, seek supervision as needed, and be receptive to feedback.
11. Embrace change and actively participates in efforts aimed to improve the quality of services, operations, or outputs.
12. Exhibit a desire and willingness to gain more skills where appropriate and to apply skills to more challenging cases.
13. Positively contribute to staff consultations, coordinating efforts with educational, treatment, and programmatic administrators and other staff to follow the ISP's and help clients meet their goals.
14. Help provide support, mentoring, assistance in orientation to newer staff.
15. Demonstrate resilience and display an ability to rebound from challenges/setbacks.
16. Encourage and exhibit problem solving collaboratively with the clinical/educational team and amongst residential staff - show an effort to provide structure and consistency with our clients and professional interactions with other providers.
17. Display patience, cooperation, professional demeanor and tact.
18. Demonstrate personal interest, attention, initiative, and nurturance for each client in the milieu and appropriate intervention to ensure proper care of the clients, home, and the agency.
19. Make a concerted effort to involve families and encourage family involvement (including visitations) as prescribed by the client's ISP and family visit plan. Be proactive in considering the family's roles in treatment.
20. Maintain clear, concise, and current documentation including that which pertains to medication management, medical protocols, milieu logs, incident reports, family visit forms, and licensing requirements.
21. Aid in transition/discharge planning.
22. Other responsibilities as deemed necessary by supervisory or designated on-call supervisor.