MA Visitation Specialist - Reconnections Essex South

Location: Essex County, NJ 

The Visitation Specialist will provide therapeutic visitation services for families currently separated from their children.  Visitation will occur in the least restrictive environment, which may include the client's home, resource home, within the community, or other settings deemed appropriate.  The Visitation Specialist will also provide therapeutic intervention and support, with a focus on improving parenting skills, attunement, and communication.  Agency vehicles will be utilized to transport families to and from visits, nd the use of a personal vehicle for home visits may also be required, with travel reimbursement.  The program incorporates trauma informed models, and the Visitation Specialist should have experience with the dynamics facing a family involved in child welfare.  Following a family reunification, aftercare services for the family will be provided in the home.  The Visitation Specialist will be expected to collaborate with DCP&P as well as collateral services as the family works towards permanency. Weekly documentation of visitations, progress reports for DCP&P, and other documentation is required.  The Visitation Specialist will be a part of the Reconnections team, and will be expected to attend weekly team meetings, as well as various other meetings as needed, weekly supervision, and prepare for case presentations and discussion as needed.  The candidate should be a culturally competent individual who will work in alignment with Family Connections mission.  Flexibility with hours, including evenings and weekends to accommodate client schedules.

Required Skills: Masters degree in Social Work, Counseling, or comparable field with applicable license. LSW, LCSW, LAC, LPC or comparable license required

Desired/Preferred Skills: Experience working with children and families impacted by trauma and/or child welfare involvement.  Excellent time management and organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team environment.  Bilingual Spanish preferred.