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Preventive Services Caseworker

Gateway-Longview is hiring a Preventive Services Caseworker to provide individually tailored, strength-based, and collaborative case planning services to families referred through Erie County Department of Social Services, work closely with referral sources, community service providers, and all family members to ensure collaborative efforts toward established permanency goal, and build upon support networks for each family and ensure adequate and stable supports are in place prior to discharge.  This position will:

  1. Establish and maintain regular contact and therapeutic rapport with each family. Face-to-face contact must occur, at minimum, once a week with primary caretaker, and with children, bi-weekly. A minimum of two contacts per month with children. Participate consistently in teamwork and collaborate/interface with referral sources (e.g. ECDSS), court, community providers, and applicable agency staff.
  1. Ensure accurate, thorough, and timely completion and filing of progress notes, court/permanency reports, evaluations, correspondence, and other case-specific documentation. Progress notes should be entered electronically within 48 hours of event and case files kept up to date. ETO data entry must be kept current. All monthly billing must be submitted in ETO database by the first business day of the month.
  1. Develop, teach, model and evaluate effective techniques and interventions with parents/caretakers (i.e. parenting skills, behavioral management, and discipline) and children/youth (attendance, academics, anger management, behavioral modification and Solution Focus Trauma Informed Care).
  1. Ensure all court mandated and/or recommended services are offered, utilized, and maintained visa via referral/linkage or provided directly to minimize risk, while enhancing the family’s cohesiveness and overall well-being. Referrals to community resources should be culturally competent and all attempts should be made to offer services and linkage to the client’s community / neighborhood.
  1. Available to work non-traditional hours, including weekend and evenings to support specific programmatic schedules, crisis intervention needs, and on-call support. Requires frequent transportation of children and families.
  1. Actively participate in required/offered training opportunities. Provide mentoring opportunities for student interns and volunteers within the agency as needed.
  1. Organize, facilitate, and participate in Mandated Kinship Family Support groups and all other groups to support families.

Qualifications: Master’s Preferred or Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years experience working with families.  Valid New York State Driver’s License.

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