Family Group Conferencing Facilitator
Rocky Mountain House
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September 15, 2013
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Expand your career with the Government of Alberta, Human Services.
Under the direction of the Minister, Human Services offers a range of programs and services for children and families. We support families and communities, helping them to provide nurturing, safe environments for their children. We strive to break the cycles of family violence, abuse and poverty that prevent some children from becoming strong, sound individuals.
For more information about Alberta Child and Youth Services , visit our website at: www.child.alberta.ca
Please visit Region 4 Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority web site at
If you have leadership skills to guide, direct and motivate others and well-developed organizational, planning and time management skills then this may be a great fit for your career path.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to deliver services in the role of a Family Group Conferencing Facilitator. This position would be located at the Rocky Mountain House Office of Central Alberta CFSA.
Providing services to the NW Zone of Central Alberta Child & Family Services Authority the successful candidate will provide quality, culturally sensitive services to children and families of the Rocky Mountain House, Drayton Valley and surrounding areas including Sunchild First Nation.
A Family Group Conference is a collaborative dispute resolution process which empowers families to make decisions regarding the care and protection of children experiencing maltreatment, or at risk of neglect or abuse.
This is an effective process to re-establish family leadership to take control of their future. Families develop a plan for the care and safety of their children that is endorsed and supported by Children's Services and the court rather than being developed and imposed by those agencies. The roots of FGC trace back to traditional Aboriginal cultures in which the care and decision making for children and youth was considered the natural responsibility of the extended family and community as a whole. FGC is a replication of the traditional role of family and community before government services took over the responsibility for child intervention services.
This approach is founded on the belief that the extended family and community has the wisdom and resources to plan for a better outcome for that child. Such restorative processes are now being used more frequently in school settings, justice circles, and child protection services.
Some duties of the Family Group Conference Facilitator may include:
- Work with the parents to identify and invite family members
- Determine which service providers and/or professionals would provide information and assistance to the family
- Make arrangements to host the Family Group Conference
- Develop and delivers Family Group Conference information sessions for CFSA employees and clientele to facilitate an understanding of Family Group Conference processes and expectations.
- Facilitate Family Group Conference sessions referred by caseworkers to meet legislated concurrent planning requirements.
- Implement Family Group Conferencing in accordance with Regional expectations and policies.
- Monitor activities relating to FGC, including the integration of FGC plans into the child's concurrent plan.
- Participate on a Regional FGC community of practice team to provide input into facilitation of information sessions and to maintain awareness of key issues and identify facilitation requirements.
- Develop partnerships and linkages with community resources and stakeholder groups to maintain awareness of resources and to assist caseworkers to ensure families have access to resources.
Bachelor of Social Work Degree with some directly related experience working with children and families. Please clearly indicate the length of time, in months, of your related experience. Previous Child Protection experience and/or Family Group Conference Facilitation experience/training is preferred. Equivalencies will be considered. Note: The Health Professions Act requires that the successful applicant who possesses a BSW, MSW or Diploma in Social Work be registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers prior to being employed.
$2,368 to $3,062 bi-weekly ($61,826 to $79,921 per annum)
Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Check) and Children's Services Intervention Check.
Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Ministry. Travel is a requirement of this position therefore, the successful candidate must have a valid Driver's License and access to a reliable vehicle.
Delegated Caseworkers are expected to participate on an after-hours on-call rotation
The Health Professions Act requires that the successful applicant who possesses a BSW, MSW or Diploma in Social Work be registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers prior to being employed.
How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Human Resource Services, 23 Michener Bend, Red Deer, Alberta T4P 0J9. Phone: (403) 340-5610; Fax: (403) 340-7140.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Terry Hays at Phone: (403) 340-7997 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check
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