As a FASD Community Specialist, you will provide support, referrals and advocacy services for adults 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.