Sociotherapist: Family Foster Care
Company: Good Shepherd
Posted on: June 6, 2021
Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with
more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families
each year - and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills
for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of
every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in
whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work
in NYC by Crain's New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a
fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to
fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our
team and help make a difference!
We are looking for a dynamic and compassionate Sociotherapist to
join our team. The Sociotherapist ensures that every therapeutic
youth has a behavior plan that addresses individualized behavioral
strengths and challenges pertaining to the specific youth. The
Sociotherapist is responsible for giving input into creating, and
then implementing and monitoring the youth's behavior plan. Develop
community relationships in order to utilize local resources on
behalf of families. Participate in interdisciplinary team model
practice, which will involve the Case Workers, Health Services,
Voc/Ed Specialist and Preparing Youth for Adulthood Specialists.
The Sociotherapist monitors the Treatment foster home to ensure
safety and well being. This position will require extensive field
Reports to: SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISOR, TREATMENT FAMILY FOSTER
Location: 7 West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Hours: 35 Hours/Week; Non-Exempt
- Conduct mandated weekly face to face home visits/contact with
the youth and the Treatment Parent to perform daily home care, ADL
and life skills education, and implementation of behavior plan
- Conduct a face to face contact with newly admitted youth and
their treatment parents, within 72 hours.
- Complete required paperwork, including but not limited to
progress notes, correspondence, behavior plans and
- Keep case records up-to-date with the status of case activity,
including progress notes on all contacts.
- Provide direct crisis intervention, as needed.
- Collaborate with Treatment Parents, Youth and Case Workers
around development and implementation of behavior goals.
- Review and collect weekly behavior plans from the Treatment
- Attend and participate in all applicable ACS meetings, transfer
conferences, Treatment Team Meetings, Monthly Shared Quarterly
Meetings and monthly Staff Meetings
- Participate in all applicable Family Team Conferences.
- Attend Preparing Youth for Adulthood Workshops with youth on a
- Work with the Adolescent Services team for the comprehensive
service planning for each youth, including education, employment
and other PYA skills.
- Locate resources and make referrals as needed.
- Monitor foster parents in terms of their ability to meet the
needs of the child in their home, and make recommendations
regarding future use of the home, in conjunction with the Home
- Support and counsel foster parents in their efforts to care for
the child, and include them in the development of the goals and
- Assist treatment parent with enrolling youth in an after school
program/camp or other recreational programs.
- Implement and integrate the principles and procedures of
Solution Based Casework: assessment, family and individual level
outcomes, action plans and documentation and celebration.
- Actively participate in case consultation, continued SBC
training and the SBC certification process.
- Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety
plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team
meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or
similar), and self-care, when applicable, in the department/program
to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
- Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to
create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
- Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional
Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to
ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
- Respond to 24 hour on call service, as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in related field required.
- Must have experience working with children and youth and prior
experience in foster care is preferred.
- Must be able to engage youth and establish working
relationships with all clients.
- Good written and verbal skills necessary.
- Must enjoy working with adolescents.
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.
- Valid driver's license preferred.
- Available to work a flexible schedule.
- Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth
development and trauma-informed perspective
Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is
proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural
organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome
prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative
support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us
on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our
mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative
leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we
work in partnership with.
Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive
and welcoming environment for all members of our staff,
participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender,
gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability,
marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of
our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not
limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of
volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.
Keywords: Good Shepherd, New Rochelle , Sociotherapist: Family Foster Care, Other , Bronx, New York
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