Family Partner

Posting ID : A1068515369
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Nonprofit

About the Agency:
Community Youth Services empowers at-risk youth and their families to meet their goals for safety, stability, belonging and success by providing a continuum of individualized services and advocacy. CYS has been a successful and established non-profit in downtown Olympia for more than 40 years, providing a wide array of services to meet the needs of youth in our community which allows us to provide a full continuum of care. Our 19+ programs help youth with: Housing, placement stabilization, family preservation, foster care, education, job training, employment, independent living skills, delinquent behaviors, shelter, and basic needs. About 4,000 youth -- and their families -- seek our services annually in their transition to become independent, successful adult members of society. CYS is looking for staff who want to work within this system of care providing vital services for youth in our community.

Community Youth Services is the largest child welfare agency serving southwest Washington, employing over 75 staff and supporting 120 volunteers. CYS has an established culture of supporting and empowering staff to do the work they love. This results in a strong sense of community, ownership and passion for the mission of our agency. CYS provides a staff driven culture where we view our staff as our greatest asset in providing quality services, which shows in our 95% staff retention rate.

Program Description:
This position will provide peer counseling for the caregivers of youth in the Transitional Age Youth Support Program (TAY) as part of our Integrated Counseling Division. This program is tasked with carrying out integrated services and evidence-informed approaches in the development of a new model. The TAY Mental Health model is designed to meet the specific needs of an underserved population with complex needs, that often drops out of treatment during this vital stage of development.

Job Description:
Family Partners are Peer Counselors that have 'lived experiences' as a biological, adoptive, stepparent, kin or other "forever" person in the parent role who has been the primary caregiver of a youth with emotional or behavioral challenges.

The Family Partner position provides home and community-based services to caregivers of young people receiving mental health services who are between the ages of 15 and 21 in Thurston and Mason counties. They meet with family as needed to provide support in addressing the needs of youth as defined in the youth's Cross System Care Plan with the goal of improving the family's ability to help the youth successfully function in the home and community and to function independently by building social, communication, behavioral, and basic living skills.

The Family Partner's personal experience raising a youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs is critical to earning the respect of families and establishing a trusting relationship that is valued by the family. They can be a mediator, facilitator, or bridge between families and agencies. The Family Partner will be on an integrated treatment team for youth that receive Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe). This youth-driven, family-guided, team-based approach joins with the youth, and any providers or natural supports in their life, to create a single cross-systems care plan.

The Family Partner will be trained in aspects of our therapy model "Managing and Adaptive Practices" (MAP), and in our Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) as part of the youth's treatment team. These help to guide treatment for our participants and their families in a way that is flexible, adaptable and focuses on achieving the goals that participants set for themselves. The Family Partner will receive 6 months of ongoing applied training in: MAP, WISe, CANS and population specialty training for Transitional Age Youth.

Candidates are required to obtain and maintain both certified peer counselor and Agency Affiliated Counselor licenses. Preference will be given to applicants with both of these. This position requires driving in the community, so a valid Washington driver's license and automobile insurance are required. Must be able to work a somewhat flexible schedule with evenings and weekends appointments

1.Be a person with lived experience as a caregiver for a youth who has been a consumer of mental health services. participant in Children's Mental Health Services,
2.Requires Washington State Certification as a Family Peer Counselor consistent with WAC 388-865-0107 or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire. Certification includes completion of a specialized 40-hour training provided or contracted by the Mental Health Division or their designee and the successful passing of an examination administered by the Mental Health Division or an authorized contractor,
3.Experience working with others in the community in a teaching/coaching, advocacy and mentoring role,
4.Experience and/or knowledge of cultural issues related to marginalized youth and young adults and alignment with the prinicipals of Positive Youth Development and Wraparound. Able to maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards youth and families,
5.Have a strong connection to the community and are very knowledgeable about resources, services, and supports for families,
6.Demonstrate leadership experience and diplomacy in resolving conflicts and integrating divergent perspectives,
7.Ability to work evenings and weekends to meet the needs of youth and families where and when they need support,
8.Proficiency with Microsoft Office with the technical skills to efficiently use MS Word and Outlook, the internet and the intranet is also required. EOE

Preferred Experience with:
1)Working within multiple systems including: Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Community and natural supports for families, Schools, the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Medical, etc,
2)Cultural issues related to marginalized youth and young adults, and
3)The legal system related to children and families including: dependency orders, juvenile court procedures, and DCFS procedures.

To Apply:
Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, Application and Driver Abstract to
Application must be completed and submitted with your resume.
You can use either version below or go to our website.
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A driver's abstract will be required before an interview will be scheduled.

Full Job Description -- Please see our Employment Page for the full description as well as other job opportunities at CYS.

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