School Social Workers: Youth First seeks qualified applicants for school-based social work. MSW required. Mail cover letter, resume, and references to Social Work Position, Youth First, Inc., P.O. Box 3897, Evansville, IN 47737-3897.
School Social Worker – Position Description
The Youth First School Social Worker acts as prevention specialist within the school environment in order to provide universal, selective and indicated methods of prevention and early intervention approaches to reduce substance abuse and related risk factors. Needs assessments are conducted in each school and in classrooms with individual students. The approach emphasizes evidence-based programs and practices in school-based service. Following a model similar to Employee Assistance Programs, as individual students are referred to the social worker there is an assessment, crisis intervention if needed and follow up care provided. The Social Worker is a vital link between at-risk students and families, their schools, and community resources.
Reports to: Director of Social Work, Clinical Supervisor
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Participate and advocate for student service team at the school to identify student needs, to support a team approach to helping students, and to avoid duplication of services.
- Provide case management of “at risk” or “high risk” students and their families (at the school or in the home) including, but not limited to:
a. Provide intake and clinical assessment of referred students and families identifying risk factors and mental health diagnostic concerns.
b. Develop individual student/family case service plans.
c. Provide individual, group and family counseling in the school setting
d. Provide prevention and early intervention approaches to promote change, advocacy, referrals and other support
e. Chart student and family progress in case records.
f. Collect and record data for program evaluation.
g. Serve as a liaison between the school, family and community resources.
h. Participate in continuing professional development, individual and group supervision.
i. Attend community meetings related to the provision of school social work services.
j. Provide crisis intervention services to school personnel.
3. Plan, coordinate, and implement evidence based programs that are the best fit for the school environment. These programs include Strengthening Families 10-14©, Strengthening Families
6- 9©, Reconnecting Youth©, WhyTry© , Growing Through Loss©, and Teen Series.
4. Provide small group prevention as appropriate (anger management, social skills, etc).
5. Provide in classroom education as a guest speaker when topics are relevant to reducing risk factors or enhancing protective factors.
6. Complete monthly reports on the Social Worker Data System and other reports as needed.
7. Work collaboratively with other Youth First social workers, school employed social workers, teachers, nurses, principals, counselors, psychiatrists, and other school staff to help students
who have trouble in school and home.
8. Other duties as requested.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work
- Clinical training in individual assessment, family dynamics, and human behavior in the environment
- Clinical training in child development
- Therapeutic Crisis intervention skills
- Ability to interact positively with staff and the school community.
- Ability to work independently and to function effectively in a multi-task environment.
- Ability to interact positively with the public.
- Ability to perform duties with awareness of and compliance with related corporation policies and state requirements.
- Ability to organize time and workload to fulfill responsibilities of the job.
- Working knowledge of community resources for referrals.
- Skill in dialoguing with at-risk youth and families about change.
- Knowledge of issues surrounding youth and their families.
- Experience working with racially, ethnicity, and socio-economically diverse groups – preferred but not required.
- Basic computer mastery. Skills in Word, and Excel preferred.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Youth First will not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, assignment, evaluation, promotion, discipline, termination, or any other employment action on the basis of any characteristic or class, which is now or may in the future become protected by law. Employment with Youth First is based solely on qualifications and competence for the particular position to be filled. Since such qualifications and competencies are not peculiar to any type or class of individuals, and since Youth First recognizes the value of a diverse workforce, there will be no discrimination in employment decisions and actions on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation.