Family Skills Specialist

Position Summary
We have an opening for a part-time Family Skills Specialist in our Family Preservation Program! The Family Skills Specialist (CSI) position is responsible for providing a wide array of culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive, direct clinical services provided in conjunction with other staff. Services provided by this position may include assessment, treatment planning, referrals and case management. The Family Skills Specialist is responsible for working with parents to address safety concerns for children in an effort to decrease out of home placement in foster care. Duties include the provision of direct in-home family therapy sessions, parenting education and support, and interventions to address safety and parenting concerns. This position collaborates closely with other FPP and JMHC staff, as well as Dane County Department of Human Services and other community agencies to ensure the family has appropriate care and successful systems coordination. The Family Skills Specialist takes paid on-call and weekend/holiday coverage responsibilities on a rotating basis with the other staff on the team. The Family Skills Specialist carries a case load of one to two families at a time due to the intensive nature of the program

Essential Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a related behavioral health field

  • Minimum of 6 months experience in related behavioral health field.
  • Commitment to work toward improving cultural diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by valuing diversity, recognizing personal limitations, and having the desire to improve.
  • Strong commitment to principles of recovery and to facilitating consumer participation in treatment/service planning and provision.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices for treatment of mental health and co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience in community-based mental health and substance abuse assessment, case management, treatment planning and crisis resolution.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing).
  • Ability to work effectively with an interdisciplinary team with a positive and creative attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and remain organized and efficient.
  • Superior ethics and interpersonal boundaries as evidenced by experience in community-based work with related professional references.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, a favorable driving record, adequate insurance (per WI law) and access to a vehicle with willingness to use it for work (i.e., transporting consumers.

Will include paid on-call and weekend/holiday coverage responsibilities on a rotating basis with the other staff on the team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bi-lingual, and/or bi-cultural (Spanish/Hmong/Cambodian).
  • Fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Experience with use of evidence-based practices in mental health, and substance abuse.

A. Provision of Clinical Services

  1. Performs accurate assessments to initially evaluate mental health, as well as alcohol and other drug use issues in a culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive manner.
  2. Provides a range of clinical services in conjunction with program staff including outreach, assessment, treatment planning, referral, and case management in a context that is supportive of the consumer’s culture, values, and perspectives.
  3. Completes accurate clinical records including intakes, assessments, treatment plans and updates, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other information in a timely manner.

B. Program and JMHC Participation

  1. Attends staff meetings, in-services and other program activities as requested.
  2. Participates in JMHC committees, trainings and activities as directed and/or approved.


Organization: Journey Mental Health Center

Job Location: Madison, WI