Monday, October 24, 2011

UCLA Dept. of Social Welfare Opportunity--On Hold

Field Work Consultant
Specializing in Gerontology

POSITIONField Work Consultant, Academic Year, 50% time.
OVERVIEW:  The Field Work Consultant will serve as liaison to Older Adult Service Agencies participating in the MSW Field Education Program at UCLAThe consultant will be expected to engage in outreach to students to stimulate interest in the Gero Specialization and serve as the Departments representative to the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC).

Participates in the recruitment, screening, development, and evaluation of prospective agency field practicum sites, field instructors, and preceptorsIncludes conducting introductory practicum site visits, processing practicum applications, contracts, field
instructor profiles, etc.
Works and collaborates with the Director of Field Education and other Field Education Faculty to plan and implement educational experiences and activities for the field education program.
Facilitates and functions as field faculty in assigned field practicum seminar.
Interprets school policies and requirements; monitors and evaluates students
progress; evaluates field instructors and agency’s performance; mediates problems
and/or disputes.
Consultant to specified agencies and field instructors, including implementation of student field education experiences as required.
Assists in the development of student orientations, field coursework, and field instructor trainings.
Contributes to relevant written materials as needed, e.g. field manual, learning agreements, school policies that impact the field education curriculum and support
the internships.
Monitoring and evaluating liability, malpractice, and risk management issues for students and agenciesProvide due process, input, and feedback for agencies, field instructors, and students.
Participates in county-wide planning committees and coordination efforts related to
MSW field education, as needed.

Incumbent must possess a Master's Degree in Social Work
Demonstrated success in agency based social work practice with older adults
Supervisory experience of both staff and students in the role of field instructor
Incumbent must have excellent communication skills written and oral
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
Teaching/training experience/field instruction of social work students
SALARY:   Determined by experience and qualifications.
CLOSING DATENovember 22, 2011

APPLICATIONS Send CV and the names of three references addressed to:
Steve Clark, Director of Field Education
University of California, Los Angeles
Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Social Welfare
3250 Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

UCLA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and
has a strong commitment to achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff.

MHA Los Angeles Opportunity

Homeless Assistant Program Director

SUMMARY: Providing leadership and coordination to a multi-disciplinary team providing services to homeless individuals in Long Beach.
POSITION PURPOSE: Individual must be homeless services experience focused and mental health experience focused.
SUPERVISION RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides general oversight for lower level staff during program or service activities. Assists in providing direct supervision to assigned team members based on the psychosocial rehabilitation model of treatment and services.
TYPICAL TASKS: Please note that this is only a brief, general outline of the position, and is not intended as a complete job description. Other tasks and duties may be assigned. MHA will provide reasonable work accommodation to any qualified person with a medical or psychiatric disability, providing it will not change the essential nature of the position nor cause undue hardship on the Association’s operations. MHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.
QUALIFICATIONS: Recruits, hire, supervise, train, direct, evaluate, reward, discipline and terminate assigned staff in accordance with organizational policy and applicable laws and regulations. Assist in the supervision of interns. Overseeing and managing team budget and expenditures, making adequate and timely adjustments as needed. Oversees day to day operation of the Homeless Drop in Center, street outreach and case management functions. Assumes leadership or delegates leadership of the day-to-day operations of the team as needed. Coordinates staffing of the Drop in center and supports staff and members in the triage process as needed. Responsible for managing multiple funding sources including but not limited to HUD, City of Long Beach, LA County Community Development Commission and LA county DMH funding. Responsible for reporting as required to funding sources. Also responsible for ensuring any required program change is implemented, monitored and reported on as expected by the funding. Works collaboratively with Village neighborhood Directors, Director of Village Intake services and the Director of the Wellness Center related to triaging and enrollment issues. Participates as an active member of the site management team, quality improvement, safety committee or other leadership teams as needed or assigned. Provides and collaborates with staff to provide individual and group coaching, mentoring, training, feedback and positive reinforcement for members in areas such as money management, grooming and hygiene, meal preparation, public transportation, and other independent living skills. Oversees and advocates on behalf of the member to help him/her obtain and keep housing, health care benefits, entitlements etc. Is an active participant in the Long Beach Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) including attending the MSC advisory board meeting, the Homeless Coalition and any other meeting or group that works with City wide homeless issues. Is expected to work with community partners, develop relationships and participate in meetings and collaboration related to community wide homeless services.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE MATRIX--one of the following combinations is required:
1. Bachelor degree in human service or related field: Minimum 5 years experience providing psychosocial rehabilitative services to a disabled population.
2. Bachelor degree plus license or certification in a mental health specialty (i.e., RN, LVN, LPT, drug/alcohol rehab counselor): Minimum 3 years experience providing psychosocial rehabilitative services to a disabled population.
3. Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) or Counseling Psychology (MA/MS): California license waivered or waiver-eligible plus a minimum 2 years experience providing psychosocial rehabilitation related services to a disabled population.
4. Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) or Counseling Psychology (MA/MS): No psychosocial rehabilitation experience required. Must possess a current, valid California LCSW or MFT
5. Doctoral degree in psychology: Psychosocial rehabilitation experience required. Must at minimum be California licensed waivered or preferably waiver-eligible as a Ph.D. psychologist
  • Demonstrated experience working in homeless services in a leadership or management role.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in program start up, managing multiple funding sources, implementing various funding requirements and monitoring program progress.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and leadership to diverse staff who possess a wide range skills, abilities and professional competencies.
  • Must have good basic English writing skills, good basic computer skills and be highly organized. Must have excellent communication skills.
  • Proficient in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Must be able to have the ability to juggle multiple tasks without losing productivity.
  • Must function well in a team-oriented approach to member services.
  • Must possess a high level of tolerance and understanding for individuals who present for services with urgent multiple needs, issues and problematic behavioral characteristics.
  • Must possess a high level of patience and tolerance for a work atmosphere that is very busy and highly unstructured.
  • Must know or very quickly become knowledgeable of the characteristics of individuals who are substance abusing and/or dually diagnosed, and have knowledge of local services available for dually diagnosed individuals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources.
  • Must have a valid CPR certificate.
  • Driving with current class C driver’s license, a vehicle for transportation, proof of valid automobile insurance, the ability to be ensured by MHA liability insurance are conditions of employment.
  • Flexible work schedule to include some evenings or weekends, and on call cell phone services when necessary.
How to Apply: Email Resume to EOE. Please reference Director of HAP JR # 351 in subject line. Please submit cover letter and resume as an attachment in Word Document or PDF format only.

Friends of the Family Opportunity

TEMPORARY Case Manager
We are seeking an experienced individual to provide case management and support for women at risk of having poor birth outcomes as part of an initiative funded through First Five LA Best Babies Collaborative.

Hours/Salary:  Full time, temporary; November 2011 thru April 2012
$44K-$48K/year; position may require evening and/or weekends

Duties/Responsibilities including but not limited to:

·           Provides case management, service coordination and resource linkage for women at risk of having poor birth outcomes
·           Ensures the provision of comprehensive services to participants based on professional assessment  of psychosocial status
·           Makes home visits to address issues related to promoting healthy pregnancy, post-partum and inter-conception care and assist with daily life management for at-risk women
·           Attend all Best Babies Collaborative meetings and workgroups and provide feedback and updates to Friends of the Family staff
·           Maintain timely and accurate case files and provide necessary data to Best Babies Collaborative for data entry


·           Master Degree in Social Work or Counseling and three years case management experience in related field
·           Fluent in oral and written English & Spanish, required
·           Excellent oral and written communication skills required (please submit a writing sample with your resume)
·           Experience in home visits preferred
·           Expert knowledge of quality prenatal, postpartum and interception care behaviors, child and family development principles, helpful
·           Demonstrated knowledge of community resources & social services
·           Knowledge of dynamics of at risk populations
·           Problem solving and crisis intervention skills
·           Ability to work independently and as part of a team
·           Proficiency in Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher & Outlook
·           Must have a car, be able to drive, have a valid CA driver’s license, and current auto insurance
·           Satisfactory completion of all background screening requirements
Contact:          Ms. Wynn Helms                                  
                        Director of Human Resources                                                                                                                                     Email:                                                                    NO CALLS PLEASE
                        Fax: 818/988-4633

Friends of the Family
15350 Sherman Way, #140 Van Nuys CA  91406
“…because children are our future, families are our focus.”

Friday, October 21, 2011

Workshop-New Approaches to Longstanding Challenges

Professional Development Day

New Approaches to Longstanding Challenges

Join us for a FREE day of learning and connecting.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Resource Tables, Welcome and Introductions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Sessions

Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Mental Health Services Provided to Medically Complex Youth in DCFS Placement
Panel will discuss some case vignettes which demonstrate a cross disciplinary approach to working with youth and family members.
Junior Blind Panel: Barry Feinberg, LCSW, Corina Casco, LCSW, Monica Martocci, LMFT, and Jackie Prophett, RN

Benefits of Using the Apple iPad in Helping Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities Develop Communication Skills
A discussion of the research on language development in visually impaired/multi- disabled children using the Apple iPad.
Presenter: Muriel Saunders, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas
Several recent articles feature Dr. Saunders and her work with iPads. In partnership with Junior Blind, the University of Kansas researcher found that children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) can learn to make better use of the vision they have using iPads. Early intervention services, like those provided by our Infant & Early Childhood Program are crucial to these children's development and this technology has been shown to help them develop the ability to better interpret images.
Click here to read the articles.

Hands-on with New and Updated Assistive Technology
A brief overview and demonstration of the MAC and IOS technologies followed by an opportunity for "hands-on" experience with new technologies and updated tools.
Junior Blind Panel: Stephanie Rood, Tom Lange, Mark Schafer and Les Subotnick

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

Medical Update – What's new in treatment of eye/vision concerns?
A description of new information about eye disease and treatment options for those affected.
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Wright, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Teaching Cause and Effect: Learning with Adaptive Switches as a Prerequisite for Language Instruction
A discussion of the on-going research on the use of adaptive switches for cause and effect and their impact on language development, including the transition to speech.
Presenter: Richard Saunders Ph.D., Senior Scientist, University of Kansas

Abandonment of Assistive Technology in Visual Impairment Services
Examining potential causes and the impact of abandonment of technology. Discussion of potential solutions for creating a better experience for the user and savings in abandoned equipment for the purchasing agencies.
Junior Blind Presenter: Stephanie Rood

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Networking and Tours of Junior Blind

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 27, 2011 to Sarah Lopez at slopez@juniorblind.orgor (323) 290-6284. Please indicate workshop of choice for each session (morning and afternoon) and if a vegetarian lunch is preferred.