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University of Rochester Family Care Specialist - 217165 in Rochester, New York

Family Care Specialist

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Strong Memorial Hospital

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Strong Ties




Position Summary:

The ACT Family Specialist is a generalist clinician who provides intensive mental health interventions to ACT recipients by developing and implementing treatment plans and providing direct clinical services in a variety of modalities. In addition to recipient services, the Family specialist provides case and program consultation to family members and significant others of ACT recipients. The Family Specialist establishes an ongoing process for regular communication with family members and/or significant others, and provides individualized education about recipients' mental illness as well as group education to family and significant others within a structured and on-going framework. The Family specialist focuses on re-involving the excluded recipient with his or her family and/or significant others and develops strategies for supporting recipients in fulfilling parenting responsibilities and coordinating services for recipients' children. The Family Specialist participates in crisis intervention strategies.



  • Provides cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis including education about stress-vulnerability and symptom management. Provides evidence based interventions based on the OMH Wellness Self-Management curriculum, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Toolkit, and the Integrated Dual Diagnosis (IDDT) model.

  • Assists clients in maintaining themselves in the community, including finding and furnishing apartments, setting up financial budgets, applying for entitlements, and learning skills of daily living.

  • Transports clients as needed to appointments and assists clients in moving or shopping.

  • Participates in monitoring and responding to an after -hours on-call weekly phone rotation with other ACT team members. Approximately once every five weeks.

  • Provides individual, group, family and behavior therapy that is problem-specific and goal oriented; uses a therapeutic approach which is consistent with evidence-based practices for a particular problem; emphasizes social/interpersonal competence; addresses self-defeating beliefs, expectations, and behaviors that disrupt the recovery process; and considers a recipient's strengths, needs, and cultural values.

  • Provides feedback to the treatment team regarding client's progress in recovery and facilitates and supervises the placement of clients in other community programs as necessary to meet recovery goals and/or needs.

  • Prepares a written assessment of client skills, deficits and growth potential

  • Serves as liaison between ACT program and other community agencies that provide recovery support and related services for clients who choose to avail themselves of additional services/opportunities.

  • May need to administer breathalyzer tests and obtain toxicology samples per client's AOT court order. Provide weekly reports to AOT for those on their caseload who have an AOT court order.

  • Documents treatment in patient's chart in compliance with Division, Department, and Hospital Policy.


Master's degree from a Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited program with major course work in mental health counseling. Requires NYS licensure as a mental health practitioner (e.g., Mental Health Counselor, Creative Arts Therapist) or limited permit eligible. If licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 36 months to obtain the NYS license. Valid New York State Driver's License, have a satisfactory driving record and have access to an automobile preferred.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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