Permanency Therapist
Saint Francis Community Services - Wichita, KS

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Completes initial and ongoing assessments of children and their families.

Completes bio-psycho-social assessment by gathering information from the child, family, and collaterals.

Provides intensive out patient therapy and family services to include: attendance at initial tam meeting assessments, education concerning early care and development, assist in forming a family network, home-based support services and ancillary family-focused services.

Provides consultation and implements case plans and permanency goals with children and families, ensuring that goals are reached within established time frames.

Engages the child and family in services through various assessments, including the bio-psycho-social assessment, family conferencing (case planning), service delivery and day-to-day practices.

Assists families in establishing a support network by utilizing family, kinship, and community resources.

Provides intervention for clients in crisis situations.

Ability to work with the court system and follow court protocols including appropriate business attire, completes reports for court, participates in court proceedings, including testifying.

Assesses ongoing case plan goals and recommends reunification, termination of parental rights or other permanency options.

Researches and recommends possible relative and kinship placement in the event out of home placement of the child or children would occur.

Facilitates and documents therapeutic groups, including family meetings, parenting, or multi-family groups.

Supports resource families to maintain placements and help children work toward permanency.

Develops and implements treatment plan and permanency goals with children and families, ensuring that goals are reached within established time frames.

Determines and recommends which services are needed for the child and family, including mental health and drug and alcohol services, respite care and supervised or unsupervised visitations/interactions.

Family therapy will continue to be provided by the Reintegration Therapist when an out of home placement occurs.

Makes referrals to adoption contractor when appropriate, completing necessary documentation and working closely with the adoption worker to identify/select an adoptive family.

Documents all contacts with families and collaterals on agency database.

Gives directions to family support workers and case managers on each assigned case.

Participates in supervisory and team meetings, sharing pertinent information about children/families' progress, collateral contacts and relationships with other agencies/communities.

Liaison with DCF, school personnel, and other community providers.

Must have valid drivers license and clean driving record, and the ability to do extensive driving as services are provided in the client's home.

Supervises and transports children and families as needed.

Ensures clients' rights are protected, explain SFCS privacy policy and provide copies of SFCS's Notice of Privacy Practices and Family Preservation Brochure on clients' rights.

Reports critical incidents to SRS verbally within 12 hours, written within 24 hours.

Reports critical and unusual incidents to Risk Management.

Assists in monitoring the overall client satisfaction of the program.

Meets with Supervisor weekly to review assigned cases and submits reports as required by supervisor.

Provides services within licensure and accreditation standards. Adheres to all pertinent SFCS Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), personnel policies and federal and state statutes and contractual terms.

Has working knowledge of and adheres to the Family Preservation, Reintegration and adoption contractual requirements outlined by the State of Kansas DCF.

Is knowledgeable of and follows all safety procedures.

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