Family Skills Specialist

Position Overview
Journey Mental Health Center has an opening for a Family Skills Specialist in our Family Preservation Program! The Family Skills Specialist (CSIIC) position is responsible for providing a wide array of culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive, direct clinical services including assessment, counseling, supportive contacts and referrals serving individuals who are struggling with mental health, substance use and co-occurring issues. The Family Skills Specialist is responsible for working with parents to address safety concerns for children in an effort to prevent out of home placement in foster care. Duties include the provision of direct in-home family therapy sessions, parenting education and support, and interventions. The Family Skills Specialist 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. This position 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 caseload of two to three families at a time due to the intensive nature of the program.

Essential Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a related behavioral health field, accruing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, OR conferred master’s degree in a related behavioral health field within 6 months of hire
  • Licensure as an APSW, LPC-IT, or MFT-IT, OR verified APSW, LPC-IT, or MFT-IT within 6 months of hire.


  • 6 months of experience in related behavioral health field.
  • Commitment to work toward improving cultural sensitivity 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 and/or experience with the use of evidence-based practices for treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience in community-based mental health and co-occurring assessments, 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bi-lingual, and/or bi-cultural (Spanish/Hmong/Cambodian).
  • Fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Licensure as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor or Substance Abuse Counselor.

A. Provision of Clinical Services

  1. Performs accurate assessments to evaluate and diagnose mental health and/or co-occurring issues in a culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive manner by providing assessments within the context of the consumer’s perspectives and beliefs.
  2. Provides a range of clinical services including level of care assessment, service coordination, therapy/counseling, support, and referrals 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.
  4. Works collaboratively with other community agencies to develop and maintain a continuum of care and maintain efficient use of community services.
  5. Provides consultation and support related to areas of specialization.
  6. Attends Team Meetings and presents consumer cultural and clinical information.
  7. Maintains minimum direct and case management service hour expectations.
  8. Works collaboratively with team members and takes a leadership role in service planning.

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.
  3. Provides consultation to other JMHC programs as necessary.


Organization: Journey Mental Health Center

Job Location: Madison, WI

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