Therapeutic Support Specialist

  • Company:
    Benchmark Family Services
  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    1 week ago
  • Category:

Job Description

Title: Therapeutic Support Specialist

Principle Duties/Responsibilities:

1. Assists in the development of treatment plans including medication concerns with the input of family, legal

guardian or significant others.

2. Establishes a formal process for case reviews and information transfer between agencies and referral sources that

appropriately meets the needs of those agencies/professional referral sources to promote their professional

involvement in the child’s treatment.

3. Provides case management services to foster children including but not limited to, advocating on behalf of the

client and family with social service agencies, court, police, medical, school, and other mental health

professionals. Conducts home visits and provides on-going assessments to ensure foster homes remain viable for


4. Provides support to foster children and consultation to foster parents. May refer children for counseling,

psychiatric and psychological services if indicated.

5. Complies with paperwork requirements as established by the state placing agency and Benchmark Family

Services, Inc.

6. Provides stabilization services on a crisis basis to prevent placement disruptions. May be asked to participate in

the rotation of the emergency after-hours phone.

7. Assist with child placing services, including identifying and contacting an appropriate BFS foster home and

coordinating arrangements between the state placement worker and BFS foster home.

8. Participates in individual supervision, case conferences, staff meetings, and team meetings. May be asked to

represent Benchmark Family Services, Inc. at community and civic functions and market the program.

9. Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals, and

literature and attending in-services, conferences, and workshops.

10. Provides supportive service to a child or children with severe emotional, behavioral, or physical needs placed

with our agency.

11. May provide therapeutic services OR plan and coordinate additional therapeutic services/interventions to a child

or children with emotional, behavioral, or physical needs placed with our agency.

12. Assist with other miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Education – Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related human services field, and/or equivalent combination

of education and experience that meets the state standard for this job position. Must have appropriate

licensure/certification, and meet all requirements of the state, licensing, and contract expectations.

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2. Job Experience – Experience working with emotionally challenged/chemically dependent adolescents is


3. Understanding of the unique needs of children and adolescents who receive services from multiple agencies as

well as clients who are considered severely emotionally challenged.

4. Knowledge of assessment and treatment planning.

5. Knowledge of community resources and related agencies.

6. Interpersonal skills necessary for effective communication and interaction with referral sources, clients, families,

outside agency personnel, and other care providers when gathering and exchanging information. This level of

interpersonal skill requires a great deal of tact and diplomacy.

7. Effective presentation/public speaking skills.

8. Knowledge of medical/psychiatric diagnoses, treatment modalities, therapeutic services, and intervention


Company Description

Benchmark Family Services is a network of professional, therapeutic foster homes and committed staff across multiple states with the goal of providing stable out-of-home placements for children in need. We work alongside child welfare agencies to provide stable care to youth in the least restrictive setting possible. Our staff works tirelessly to support our foster parents as they care for the youth placed in our homes. We take every action possible to provide for the least restrictive setting for these children as they work towards their goals. The results we see in the youth that pass through our care encourage us to carry on in our mission to give even the most troubled kids a second chance.