The MDFT Therapist provides in home intensive treatment services to families including but not limited to: crisis intervention, parent guidance and education, advocacy and linkages to other services in neighborhood schools and communities. This individual will identify strengths and challenges of the adolescent, the family, and their transactions with extra familial systems. In addition, the Therapist will emphasize promoting behavior change in the youth’s natural environment.
The Connecticut Junior Republic’s (CJR) mission is to provide care, treatment, education and family support for at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they can become productive and fulfilled members of their communities.
The MDFT program is utilized to provide intensive home-based therapeutic substance abuse treatment for more than 30 youths residing in the Danbury, Torrington, and Waterbury court jurisdictions. This population includes male and female adolescents who are identified by the Juvenile Court as possibly requiring residential treatment. The program identifies risk factors and provides strength-based practices to develop and initiate strategies to offset and eliminate both substance abuse and anti-social patterns of behavior among the youth being served and their families. Services are offered for a 12-month period and, although each phase has specific parameters, clients may move between phases as their specific life situation presents changes and challenges. Unique to this model is a parental substance abuse and HIV prevention curriculum.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Initiate face-to-face contact with each family within 48 hours from the time referral is assigned by supervisor
- Provide comprehensive MDFT treatment to each family that is individualized and goal oriented
- Collaborate with the family in developing an enduring social support network in the natural environment
- Attend all trainings and maintain MDFT certification
- Submit weekly written progress report to the referral source
- Work with MDFT Therapist Assistant/Case Coordinator to institute community support system
- Complete all required MDFT documentation
- Perform all required training, consultation and evaluation as outlined in MDFT
- Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within program parameters.
- Ability to communicate, cooperate and serve people from all cultural identities with respect, professionalism, integrity and fairness in a manner that recognizes the individuality of each person.
- Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance program effectiveness.
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
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.
CJR recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.
- Master's degree in Social Work or related behavioral science
- Skilled in therapeutic interventions, advocacy, and crisis intervention
- Ability to function independently
- Personal Effectiveness/Credibility
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus
- Communication Proficiency
- Collaboration Skills
BENEFITS & CULTURE:
CJR prides itself on offering competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, an enjoyable working environment, and opportunities for career advancement.
- 3 Weeks Vacation and 12 Sick Days to Start (Accrued Annually)
- Core Health/Dental/Life/LTD Insurance (at no cost to employee)
- Low-Cost Additional Life & Short Term Disability
- In-house Clinical Supervision
- Matching 401k to 3%
- Tuition Assistance
- Esteemed History
- Industry Leaders