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Family Support Specialist 

About the Organization Options Counseling and Family Services is an Oregon based non-profit agency comprised of people helping people. Our culturally diverse team of caring individuals has been serving Oregon families for over 25 years. We are proud to offer a Trauma Informed Care environment for both our clients and our staff.

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Location Salem Office  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Open Date 10/13/2017  
Number of Openings 2  

General Description:

Provides services to families referred through DHS/Self Sufficiency to enhance family stability and support workforce readiness. Provides a comprehensive screening to determine immediate needs. Provides skills training to children, adolescents and adults to address immediate needs. Develops and implements effective service plan. Collaborates with community partners and connects families to relevant resources to support progress. Ability to travel to families’ homes and communities required.* Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology or counseling; at least two years’ experience working with high needs families within the last five years. Experience may be substituted for education. Effective working to support education, substance use disorder treatment, behavioral health, and other presenting concerns. Complete a criminal background check and/or fingerprinting. Must have respectful, open, unbiased, accepting attitude toward clients and their families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide in-home change services to children, adolescents and families
  • Assess for parental capacities as related to child safety and well-being
  • Help family members overcome barriers and identify strengths
  • Report any potentially dangerous situations or safety plan violations
  • Use Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, Wraparound, and other effective practices
  • Help parents improve diminished protective capacities
  • Knowledge of dynamics of high-risk families including substance use and behavioral health
  • Coordinate case activities with Contract Supervisor, DHS/Self-Sufficiency, schools and other community partners
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Provide a range of services including parent education, communication skills, home management, budgeting, stress reduction, stabilization of home environment, and other appropriate services
  • Maintain accurate and current client records, including weekly progress notes, treatment goals, monthly progress reports, and initial screening, within the electronic client record (ECR); sign documents to meet contract requirements.
  • Refer client to supportive services to supplement treatment and counseling as appropriate
  • Conduct parent-child coaching and interaction sessions
  • Participate in branch meetings, as needed
  • Maintain and carry out all scheduled appointments
  • Prepare clear, concise written reports, including treatment plans, closing summaries, and other reports as required
  • Create and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with supportive partners in the community
  • Develop a written record of appropriately used direct support funds for client family
  • Provide intervention that is family-focused, culturally relevant, behavior and goal-directed
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly group supervision meetings with supervisor and peers

Working Conditions:

  • May be required to work afternoon, evening and/or weekend hours
  • Will travel locally with own vehicle. Must be insured with minimal liability insurance
  • Vision sufficient to read client records and related documentation
  • Extended periods of time sitting at work station updating client records, phone work and client sessions
  • Ability to stand, work, and drive throughout the day
  • Mobility, including occasional lifting a maximum of 20 lbs, bending, stooping, and reaching, and dexterity sufficient to assist clients and handle required job related functions and move about the facility
  • Exposure to communicable diseases found in children and the public
  • Ability to cope with clients who may use challenging or offensive language with potential for escalation to physical aggression

* Positions that require driving clients must maintain vehicle insurance as required by law, with a minimum of $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 personal auto liability coverage (proof of insurance will be required).

Req Number SOC-17-00032  
Salary Range* $35,000 to $39,000 DOE  
EOE Statement Options Counseling and Family Services is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

* The salary range is calculated using Oregon Equal Pay Law factors, which accounts for experience, education, training, travel, and workplace location.  

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