• Preservation Worker - Family Social Worker, Full-Time, Battle Creek

    Posted Date 5 days ago(10/11/2018 6:49 AM)
    Requisition Number
    Social Workers
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
    Position Location
    US-MI-Battle Creek
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    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Provides intensive, short term or long-term in-home crisis intervention and family education, based on program, to families at risk of out-of-home placement to children due to abuse, neglect, delinquency or homelessness related to domestic violence.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Provide in-home crisis oriented treatment, education and support to family units where one or more family members may be placed outside the home in foster, group, or institutional care or, be at-risk of being removed from the home.
    2. Provide a range of interventions to children, adults, and families, using acceptable treatment methodologies consistent with the Family Preservation model.
    3. Actively participate as a member of team meetings; keep all members informed of case status and progress; provide oral and written reports as needed and make recommendations about case goals, alternative service plans, action steps and activities for treatment plans.
    4. Assist clients to clearly define presenting problems, devise methods and goals for resolution, assess their progress toward treatment goals and plan termination.
    5. Present cases to supervisor for review of treatment plans and progress on a regularly scheduled basis.
    6. Provide appropriate referrals for clients requiring additional or alternative services.
    7. Assume therapeutic responsibility for all cases on assigned caseload; conduct intake, assessment and scheduling of all assigned clients.
    8. Collaborate with referral sources, agencies, institutions and individuals who have important roles in the family's life situation. Provide advocacy and professional consultation work with the referring organization, schools, court, and other social service agencies as needed.
    9. Complete client follow up at intervals as outlined.
    10. Complete and maintain all reports, statistics and assignments as required.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelor's degree in social work or comparable human service field.
    • Master's degree in social work preferred.
    • State of Michigan Licensed Social Worker licensure preferred.



    • Minimum two years' field experience working with multi-problem children and families ability to relate to and engage with these families preferred.
    • Minimum two years' experience working in home-based programs preferred.
    • Experience in strength-based, family-center, solution focused approaches preferred.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to apply the Family Preservation models in intervention strategies with clients and families.
    • Knowledge of educational, behavioral and in-home interventions.
    • Ability to understand child, adult and family functioning. Ability to model and teach effective parenting techniques with clients.
    • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
    • Ability to apply basic mathematical applications.
    • Ability to effectively read, speak and write the English language.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to prepare business letters, summaries, client notes, and reports using prescribed format and conforming to rules of punctuation, grammar and diction.
    • Ability to utilize assessment, problem identification, diagnostic and treatment techniques including risk and safety assessments with individuals, families and groups.
    • Knowledge and skills in substance abuse and domestic violence preferred.
    • Skills in crisis intervention, assessment of potentially violent situations and short term goal setting. Knowledge of treatment philosophies and strategies of home-based services including strength based, solution focused approaches.
    • Ability to demonstrate cultural and ethnic sensitivity and a non-judgmental positive attitude toward families in crisis.
    • Knowledge of and ability to advocate and mobilize individuals, staff, families and groups.
    • Ability to operate with minimal direct supervision in carrying out assigned tasks and responsibilities.
    • Effectively utilizes word processing and spreadsheet applications.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Participation in a system of 24-hour availability to families as required. Weekend and evening hour may be required.
    • Valid driver's license with good driving record; reliable ongoing personal transportation suitable for safely transporting clients; current automobile registration and proof of automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • High levels of concentration over extended periods of time.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.
    • Ability to lift and carry small children.
    • May need to physically restrain older children weighing up to 100 pounds.


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