Supportive Aftercare Services
The STEP Aftercare Program works with youths returning home from foster care or residential treatment centers and who are either reunifying with their families, engaging in independent living or APPLA. The STEP Aftercare Program utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as its clinical model and foundation. DBT is an evidence based approach which is user friendly and adaptable to the individual based upon skillset, need and level of trauma. DBT allows the clinician to adjust for the needs of the family based upon a variety of factors such as cultural components, different ages, substance use, SPMI and trauma. DBT is also adaptable and integrates well with a variety of other clinical models, making it an ideal format for families who are working on maintaining reunification and integrating within their communities. STEP Supportive Reunification Workers are available during work hours and are responsible for the ongoing development of each family/client's Maintenance Assistance Plan (MAP) and coordination of ongoing services. The Supportive Reunification Worker will initiate clinical interventions utilizing DBT as the clinical framework or, depending upon the needs of the case, the Supportive Reunification Worker will act as back up to the STEP DBT Family Therapist/Intensive Reunification Worker who will conduct the initial family therapy for the family during the first 6-9 months of service. Either way, the Supportive Reunification Worker participates in all family therapy sessions as a shadow to observe the process, monitor goals as a mean of “stepping” in once the family therapist leaves.
Once either the STEP DBT Family Therapist/Intensive Reunification Worker family therapy ends, the Supportive Reunification Worker continues with aftercare- empowering the family to maintain previously developed DBT skills and M.A.P., proactively encouraging practice through use of homework assignments and skill building. The Supportive Reunification Worker monitors community supports and obtains minimum monthly progress reports from all providers, assists with other identified needs- housing, substance abuse, mental health, etc. For all families-at the one year mark, all cases are assessed for status to determine if needs have changed and/or if visits need to increase as we know behavioral patterns can change around this time. If needs change, we can reintegrate the family therapy component within STEP at this juncture. The Supportive Reunification Worker can remain involved with a youth/family for up to two years post discharge or up to the age of 21, if the youth is under Independent Living.
- Bachelor's degree in a related subject area.
- 1 year case management preferred,
- Experience with casework or Independent Living Skills required.
- Valid Driver's License and access to a working vehicle required.
- Excellent computer skills and writing skills required.
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