Intensive Family Support Services Social Worker

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I.     Job Title: Social Worker: Intensive Family Support Services of Bucks County

       Description:   Intensive In-Home Services


II.   Qualifications:

Experienced Master’s or Bachelor’s degree of social work preferred, or degree in human service discipline.  Experienced in human services setting preferably with dependent deprived and/or minority populations.  Experience and knowledge of developmental stages for all age groups.  Ability to mobilize community resources, to help the clients engage in effective problem solving methods, to guide, counsel, and support client and/or family strengths.  The ability to assess situations for potential crises offering support through alternative resolution, utilizing community resources, extended family members, public and private agencies, etc.  Experience with crises and intervention.  Ability to develop clear alternatives and to assist in problem solving that empowers the family to take responsibility.  The ability to network, develop a plan with clients, and to advocate for clients and families experiencing duress.  A clear and precise awareness of the community and the ability to utilize it on behalf of the client.  A sensitivity to community issues via a positive working relationship.  Flexibility, creativity, and assessment skills are essential.  The ability to write clearly, concisely, and professionally is critical.  Finally, a valid Pennsylvania drivers’ license is also required.  Flexible hours may include evenings, weekends, or holidays are mandatory.


III.       Job Description

  • An exempt social work position based in the Doylestown Office, reporting to the supervisor of the intensive family support services program, flexible hours which may include evenings, weekends, or holidays are mandatory.
  • Maintain a caseload of approximately six to eight families.
  • Maintain face to face contact with family as mandated by the IFSS program (one to three times a week).
  • Maintain flexible schedule based on family’s need.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of the risks to the child.
  • Provide 24 hour 7 day a week crisis intervention through our on call system.


Goals for Planning

  1. Improve family functioning by the provision of services that help families to become self-sufficient and parent independently.
  2. Identify family strengths and build upon them in order to promote stability.
  3. Empower families to resolve their challenges.
  4. Promote the physical and emotional well-being of the child/children.
  5. Assist families in obtaining needed community based services and resources.


Service Delivery

  1. Aid the family in their ability to be self-sufficient by teaching such skills as home maintenance, life management, budgeting, and employment.
  2. Facilitate family identification of the stressors overwhelming them from without and within the family system and identify/apply the means to decrease stressors.
  3. Facilitate an increase in the parents’ ability to develop appropriate limits without the use of corporal punishment.
  4. Increase the parents’ ability to establish clear roles.
  5. Facilitate the development and/or enhancement of decision making and communication skills in the identified family.
  6. Facilitate and increase parents’ ability to provide their children with access to medical/dental care.
  7. Facilitate an increase in parental involvement in and understanding of the children’s education.
  8. Teach the family to locate and access community resources.
  9. Teach the family anger management techniques.
  10. Help family to develop and implement a periodic recreation plan.
  11. Teach the family the skills to identify and adapt to their child’s developmental needs.
  12. Facilitate the family in setting up child safety mechanisms in the household and automobile.
  13. Model family effective communication skills through use of regular family meetings.
  14. Teach the parents how to have clear discussions about sexuality issues, including sex education, sexual awareness, STI’s and abstinence.


Case Management

  1. Develop a strength based service plan based on the family’s unique goals.
  2. Collaborate with the public agency weekly.
  3. Collaborate with the public agency via intake and discharge meetings and periodic case review.
  4. Develop and implement a discharge plan with the family.
  5. Make all necessary referrals and coordinate community resources.
  6. Provide transportation to access community resources and collateral appointments as dictated by the level.
  7. Be in compliance with all protective service laws and governing regulations, including maintenance of family case records consistent with agency policy.
  8. Provide monitoring of risk in order to assess any deterioration in family functioning.
  9. Develop a plan of correction or action when crisis occur in the family.
  10. Prepare an agenda and meet with supervisor weekly.


Written Responsibilities

  1. Complete an intake assessment and FSD within 30 days of date service begins (D.O.S.).
  2. Complete a discharge summary within two weeks of date service is discharged (D.O.D.).
  3. Maintain case notes and submit weekly to supervisor.
  4. Timely preparation of all reports, and forms as required by agency policy and regulations.
  5. Accurate reporting of facts, organization of material with correct grammar and construction; proofing of final document.
  6. Preparation of written work in a succinct, clear, and understandable manner.
  7. Preparation of clinical insights and assessment in professional, written form.



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