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Functional Family Specialist at Four Oaks

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Ottumwa, Iowa

Job Description:

As the Functional Family Specialist you will be responsible for assessing client interactions, formulating interventions based on the identified treatment plan, evaluating the progress of treatment goals and providing direct care services. The position will be assigned to the 1st and 6thjudicial district cases.


Family Support (Prevention)

  • Understands community resources.

  • Assess child & parent’s level of development and support needs.

  • Mediates conflicts and problem-solves breaking of real or perceived barriers to the child/family’s involvement in the community.

  • Networks with community service representatives to advocate for accessibility of non-traditional resources for families.

  • Facilitates support networks for involved families & youth through a variety of venues including but not limited to family/youth nights, talent shows, holiday parties, informal support groups, etc.

In-home Support

  • Assists in delivery of parent materials and resources in the home setting.

  • Provides a safe learning environment for the parent and child.

  • Supports the family in the implementation of the child development plan.

  • Interfaces with other program staff/Empowerment Board to ensure that the educational components and needs of the family are met.

Care Management Implementation

  • Follows the standards set forth in the Agency Case & Treatment Coordination manual.

  • Coordinates interdisciplinary treatment in line with authorized purchased services.

  • Documents service delivery, including objectives of treatment and intervention strategies.

  • Facilitates community resource planning, case progress evaluation & permanency planning.

  • Coordinates interdisciplinary crisis planning.

  • Participates in discharge planning & documentation.

  • Interfaces with school, medical & psychiatric contacts, referring worker and collaterals.


A Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, social work, counseling or related fields with a minimum of two years experience in family therapy or youth services is required.

About Functional Family Therapy - FFT
Juvenile Court Services Officers in the First, Second, and Sixth Judicial Districts may make referrals to Four Oaks Functional Family Therapy. Functional Family Therapy is an evidence-based family intervention program that reduces the possibility of re-off ending crimes.

About Four Oaks
At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now.

Although we work with more than 15,000 kids and families in all 99 counties each year, each child is unique and treated as a single, special someone who needs some kind of support. Children may come to us with psychiatric and emotional problems; they stay with us until they feel secure. Some have been in trouble with the law, got into drugs or ran away from home; that’s when we work with them to teach them a better way to live. Others have challenges in the classroom; we teach them in a way that works for them. And when kids need a safe, secure home, we find foster care or a forever family.

Four Oaks offers a comprehensive benefit package, excellent wages, and opportunities for growth & advancement!

Equal Opportunity Employer