Close to Home is a juvenile justice initiative that allows youth from New York City to receive services and supports in or close to the communities where they live. Once a Close to Home youth has completed the residential portion of their court order at a Non-Secure or Limited Secure placement, they transition to Aftercare. The goal of Aftercare is to ensure a youth’s successful transition from residential placement to the community and to reduce recidivism. The LSP Aftercare tam practices the evidence-based treatment model, Functional Family Therapy (FFT) to families who reside in NYC and have a youth who is on Aftercare. Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a clinical, evidence-based, intensive family treatment model that focuses on the multiple domains of the youth and family’s experiences (cognitive, emotional and behavioral) and their impact on the relationship between the adolescent and the family. FFT is exclusively home-based and works primarily with the family unit. This model targets factors in the family interactions/relationships that contribute to the negative behaviors.
Essential Functions: The Aftercare FFT Supervisor is responsible for supervision and administrative oversight of two (2) to three (3) FFT therapists. After completing FFT Externship and Supervisor’s training, the FFT Supervisor will assume the role of the FFT Consultant and will directly provide weekly consultation to the team of FFT Therapists, provide ratings of their model fidelity and dissemination adherence in the CSS, and maintain communication with the National FFT Consultant during biweekly, and ultimately monthly, phone calls. According to the FFT model requirements, the FFT Supervisor will also be expected to carry a caseload, up to 2 cases at a time. The FFT Supervisor is required to comply with and demonstrate fidelity to FFT model and its policies, procedures and accountability as well as those of the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS). In addition to providing therapy, the Supervisor will collaborate closely with other service providers, including but not limited to the NSP/LSP teams, ACS/Placement & Permanency staff, and participate in treatment team meetings and Family Team Conferences.
The FFT Supervisor will provide oversight of the team’s documentation requirements for ACS and FFT LLC. This includes but is not limited to, reviewing timely documentation in Connections, PROMIS and CSS, review of all FASPs, Case Closing Summaries and pre/post FFT assessments. The Clinical Supervisor will complete monthly Supervisory notes in Connections, in addition to maintaining documentation for cases on their own caseload and entering notes in all systems within 7 calendar days.
Supervisory Responsibility: The Aftercare FFT Supervisor will assume supervisory responsibilities for the team of FFT Therapists. The Supervisor will facilitate weekly FFT group consultation with Therapists to review cases and monitor challenges and provide feedback to support the therapists in their application of the FFT model. In addition, the Supervisor will facilitate weekly peer supervision groups and weekly individual supervision.
Work Environment: The Aftercare team has an office space at Ryer LSP located at 2250 Ryer Avenue. The office is where supervision and consultation meetings are held. Files are kept here and there are desktop computers to use for office work. The Supervisor will establish an “Open-door policy” and be available for support for staff and during emergencies.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: Full time position, 35 hours per week. Daily schedule and hours will fluctuate to meet the needs of the team and families. Between the Supervisor and the Program Director, management will be available to staff/clients 24/7/365. The Supervisor will create their own schedule appropriate to the needs of the team and the Supervisor’s clients, which include both during the day, afterschool/evening times and weekends on occasion. When staff are unavailable or out of the office, the Supervisor will assume cases responsibility.
Travel: The Aftercare team provides services to families who reside in NYC. The Aftercare FFT Supervisor has to provide their own transportation and work-related travel expenses will be reimbursed by the agency.
Required Education and Experience: The Aftercare FFT Supervisor will hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related degree eligible for NYS licensure with three or more years of experience in child and family services. The Supervisor must have successfully completed the FFT initial training, have at least 8 months of practice as an FFT Therapist, and strong model fidelity.
In addition, the supervisor must demonstrate the following:
Preferred Education and Experience: Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, not required. Experience working in Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Justice.
Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.