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 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.
The Aftercare FFT Therapist provides FFT (Functional Family Therapy) to a maximum of 8 families at a time who reside in NYC. We provide FFT to families with an identified youth, ages 12-18, who is referred to us as a requirement of their LSP Aftercare status. FFT is an evidence-based model which is home-based, intensive, family therapy. The FFT Therapist participates in all FFT training and consultation activities, and program reviews. In addition to providing Family Therapy, the FFT Therapist will participate in LSP Programming to develop relationships with youth before they are released, and will collaborate with other service providers, including but not limited to LSP, DOE and ACS staff. The FFT Therapist is required to complete all ACS and FFT documentation requirements and adhere to the Preventive Services Standards, including meeting appropriate casework contacts and assessing for child safety. Other duties include but are not limited to the following:
Supervisor Relationship: The Aftercare FFT Therapist reports to the Aftercare Supervisor. The Supervisor will facilitate weekly FFT group consultation, weekly peer supervision and individual supervision.
The FFT Therapist will hold a Master’s Degree from an accredited university in a field that has professional licensure. The field includes, but is not limited to, the following disciplines: Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Psychology. They will have experience working with adolescents and knowledge of the juvenile justice system. Also, experience and skills with the concept and practices of family therapy and behavior management techniques, mental health treatment, as well as knowledge of and experience providing treatment for domestic violence issues and substance abuse issues.
In addition, the Therapist must demonstrate the following:
Preferred Education and Experience: Masters required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred. Experience working in Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice.