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Family Support Liason
Staten Island Children's Psychiatric Center.
The Family Support Liason (FSL) guides, coaches, and empowers the family to participate in and set the direction for the child/youth optimal treatment and care
*Understand and support the principles of recovery and resiliency, representing the family perspective, and serving as a link between families and the facility.
*Meet the families as soon as possible.
*Ability to engage families and provide information that will empower the parents, caregivers, and youth in recovery and resiliency.
*Offer individual assistance to parents and caregivers in negotiating for child and youth optimal treatment and care. Works with the families to identify 1. strengths, conderns and goals of the parent/caregiver 2. ascertain ans support family interactions, cultural needs, community and support networks 3. determine if family basic needs are being met 4. identify problems to treatment and transition 5. assists in providing resources as needed
*Speaks family concerns to staff and works to solve issues
*Makes sure that family members understand provider and treatment language, and are fully informed in their child's treatment
*Participates in family/youth related treatment team meeting with permission from the families
*Attends all other relevant meetings as equal part of the treatment team
*Other duties as assigned.
The FSL should be a parent, guardian, or caregiver of a child with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges, familiar with mental health systems, special education, family court, child welfare, and substance abuse services. In addition, knowledge of relevant services in the community a plus. The FSL must possess good organizational and communication skills, be able to prioritize workflow and schedule as needed, and be highly flexible.