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FASD Keyworker/CYSN Family Support Worker for Inclusion Powell River Society


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Position:FASD Keyworker/CYSN Family Support Worker
Employer:Inclusion Powell River Society
Sector:Social Assistance
Closing Date:2019-Oct-21
Salary or Wage:$22.02-$25.65 per hour
Full or Part Time:Full Time
Location:Powell River, BC
Start Date:ASAP
Apply in person with resume to:Inclusion Powell River Society
201, 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2


- Bachelor's degree in social work, child and youth care, or related human service field; 1-year experience working with families of children affected by FASD; and 1-year experience working with children with disabilities.

- Strong interpersonal skills: ability to listen, build rapport and develop relationships of trust with families and other professionals.
- Demonstrated a high degree of ethical practice in relationships with individuals, families, service providers and other professionals.
- Demonstrated skill in developing and facilitating support groups.
- Demonstrated knowledge of FASD and impact on families.
- Demonstrated understanding of adolescent and adult addiction issues.
- Demonstrated understanding of disability issues and legislation.
- Demonstrated knowledge of systems theory, assessment, treatment modalities and family-centred care.
- Demonstrated cultural competence.
- Demonstrated consulting and problem-solving skills.
- Able to work effectively independently with clinical supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to produce clear and accurate verbal and written reports.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills in order to manage a full portfolio of individuals with differing functioning abilities and home environments; manage multiple priorities.
- Demonstrated skills working as part of an interagency and community-based team.
- Demonstrated case coordination skills.
- Proven ability to use personal computers and appropriate software effectively to complete the positions work on time. This includes, at a minimum, file management, e-mail, internet search, and word processing skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the impact of medical, social and behavioural conditions on child development and family functioning.
- Where there is no internal or external applicant with the required qualifications an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.

- Criminal record check

Duties and Responsibilities

The KeyWorker will serve as a single point of contact for families with children and youth with FASD and similar complex developmental-behavioural conditions. The concept of the KeyWorker is to provide information and advice on access and availability to particular services, but also across systems (education, social services, financial resources, recreation, transportation, etc.). The KeyWorker also provides direct support and advocacy to families and facilitate educational and support groups. The KeyWorker will support families whose children already have the formal diagnosis of FASD, and refer suspected or self-referred families while providing appropriate interim support. A KeyWorker also serves families whose child is without the diagnosis of FASD but, in the opinion of the multidisciplinary assessment team, may have FASD or a similar Complex Developmental Behavioral Condition.
The KeyWorker liaises and coordinates referrals with Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children or the local regional health multidisciplinary assessment team. They use and promote a family-centred approach and assists parentscaregivers in helpful strategies to understand and meet the needs of their child and their family. The KeyWorker is a dedicated and knowledgeable member of a comprehensive organization-wide support team. As such, when deemed qualified with appropriate skills and abilities, they may provide services to individuals in related programs, where required. The KeyWorker is familiar with and participates in ensuring that the strategic goals of the agency are met. They oversee program performance outcomes to support their achievement.

- Liaises with the regional Health multidisciplinary assessment team that identifies children and adolescents with FASD, and similar behavioural developmental conditions.
- Responds to and follows up on all referrals made by the multidisciplinary assessment team by interviewing parents and making home visits.
- Assists families to interpret and implement recommendations of the assessment.
- Empowers parents by providing them with support, resources and information.
- Helps families learn about relevant local, regional and national services, resources, voluntary organization and information agencies that are available.
- Assists families with applications for relevant local, regional or national services, resources, equipment and financial support that is available.
- Serves as the main link between the family and services, and between all the practitioners who are supporting the family.
- Develops a joint plan, following establish program support guidelines, which keeps families at the centre of decision-making and which involves all professionals and agencies in contact with the child.
- Oversees and co-coordinates the implementation of the plan and information sharing between professionals. Provides everyone with up-to-date information about the child’s development and any recent events impacting family life.
- Facilitates the regular review and updating of service plans and also provide help/support in times of crisis and transition.
- Teaches, models strategies and provides information/education in a flexible manner (timing, format, manner and content) with respect to FASD or other complex behaviour disorders.
- Assists families with advocating for their child.
- Delivers educational group experiences including a parent to parent support group where appropriate, and participates in the development of groups where necessary.
- Maintains client records and ensures that all required records and documentation are maintained and appropriately submitted as per INCLUSION POWELL RIVER policies, procedures, Ministry Guidelines, Work Safe BC etc. Ensures all required documentation is accurate, complete and timely and in keeping with INCLUSION POWELL RIVER standards. Cross references statistical reports prepared by the Administrative Secretary to ensure accuracy prior to submission. Uses Sharevision proficiently to maintain the records of families served, to keep others on the team who may be involved with the family up to date, and to stay current with agency and program updates reported in Sharevision Announcements and on the program home page. Checks e-mail regularly. Adheres to INCLUSION POWELL RIVER technology policy and policy related to records of persons served.
- Ensuring appointments and groups are booked program to meet outcome targets as identified in the program performance improvement plan. Tracks and monitors data collection to ensure information is accurate, complete and up to date. Engages in action planning and follow through to support these outcomes in conjunction with the Director. • Ensures satisfaction surveys are completed with families annually while on caseload, at discharge, and as part of post-service follow up. Engages in action planning and follow through on feedback received.
- Ensures the program operations meet the criteria laid out in appropriate provincial government contracts and guidelines, fire regulations, WCB regulations, the Employment Standards Act, the BC Human Rights Code and INCLUSION POWELL RIVER policies.
- Is familiar with, supports, promotes, and implements the strategic goals and objectives of INCLUSION POWELL RIVER’s strategic planning process.
- In consultation with the Director, develops and maintains complete and helpful program-specific instructions and procedures that direct and guide safe, consistent and effective program delivery.
- Assists with public education events and program-related activities and committee work. Provides information and education to parents/caregivers, co-workers and the community relating to prevention, diagnosis and treatments of FASD and CBDC. Promotes community awareness of the program.
- Fosters positive working relationships with fellow team members and other staff of INCLUSION POWELL RIVER. Develops and maintains a positive relationship with the Co-ordinator and the management team. Participates in Child and Family Services team meetings, inter-staff case reviews and inter-service meetings as required.
- Strives to maintain up-to-date knowledge in the field of child development and the community living sector. Participates actively in training opportunities and the evaluation process. Contributes to a learning organization by self-reflecting on his/her practice, sharing ideas and contributing to planning and discussions about service, and seeking input and support when concerns or questions arise.
- Review the Cultural Diversity Plan annually and participate in training provided by INCLUSION POWELL RIVER.
- Routinely promote INCLUSION POWELL RIVER’s commitment to diversity and respect for cultural diversity in how we interact with clients and colleagues.
- Performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Details

If you wish to be considered for this position, please apply by email by midnight of the closing date or in-person from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. The closing date for this position is Thursday, October 10. You must quote the posting number in the subject line. Applications can also be hand-delivered to Human Resources at 4675 Marine Ave. Applications will only be accepted in the methods above. Applications submitted to any other address will not be considered.

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