Family Support Worker & FASD Worker
WJS Canada - Fairview, AB

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Position Summary

As a Family Support Worker, you will provide in home parent education and hands on parenting support to families experiencing a variety of problems. A Family Support Worker is required to be able to work flexible hours. Evening and weekend work is required at times as this is the time when families with children are together and often the most stressful time for families.
Families are referred by Children's Services or from the community to the Family Support program. The primary concern of the Family Support Worker is functioning of the family. Parent's in these families might be experiencing difficulties, including the abuse of drugs or alcohol, mental illness, financial or marital difficulties or simply the fact that they have not themselves experienced good parenting when they were children and so do not know how to do it.

As a FASD Community Specialist, you will provide support, referrals and advocacy services for adults and youth in transition, with confirmed and suspected FASD.

FASD Community Specialist duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance to affected individuals as well as their ‘circle of influence’ (which could include family members, caregivers, educators, service providers, counselors, etc.) in develop positive and effective daily living strategies to cope with the chronic and persistent difficulties presented by this disability;
  • Facilitate practical changes and/or initiate activities to enhance in the client’s physical and social environments thereby promoting their well-being;
  • Provide consistent teaching and support around specific life and social skills;
  • Promote awareness regarding how FASD uniquely impacts the individual’s ability to function effectively in his or her residential, recreation, vocational or academic setting;
  • Supported referrals for their clients with resources in their community, according to their particular support requirements (i.e. residential, vocational, counseling and/or recreational);
  • Advocate for affected individual to obtain the necessary supports for an improved quality of life;
  • Build social and other support networks to assist in client’s transition to a state of adulthood as appropriate to individual client’s abilities and experience;
  • Encourage local services to work collaboratively to meet client needs;
  • Meet with the individuals at their current living situation
  • Assist in crisis intervention.

Other Required Skill and Abilities:

  • Highly motivated, and able to work independently
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Knowledge of child development, positive discipline strategies and family dynamics.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with support networks, outside agencies and community resources
  • Good writing skills
  • Knowledge of aboriginal culture is an asset

The successful applicant must possess:

  • Diploma in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood, or related Social Sciences or Human Services degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of two years of working with individuals affected by FASD
  • Submit a Criminal Record and CYIM check
  • Valid Alberta Driver’s Licence, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
  • Valid First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Suicide Intervention and Prevention Training
  • Cultural sensitive training.

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W. J. Stelmaschuk and Associates Ltd. -- also known as WJS Canada or just WJS -- contracts with governments across Canada to provide...