Salvation Army - Metropolitan Division

The Salvation Army - Family Services in Chicago

General Family and Community Services - MSW Intern STOP-IT Program

THE SALVATION ARMY
METROPOLITAN DIVISION – Family & Community Services
POSITION DESCRIPTION


POSITION TITLE  
MSW Intern STOP-IT Program

OUTCOMES
Provides outreach activities focused on victims of human trafficking.  Outreach activities will result in  1)establish a trusting relationship with potential trafficking victims, 2) build victim identity, and 3) assist them to construct a safe, realistic, and culturally sensitive plan to leave trafficking, and 4) assist them to create a safe, realistic plan for sustaining life after exit by providing comprehensive case management.  Carry out functions that result in achieving expected outcomes as identified in the STOP-IT Program Plan.  Special functions may be assigned.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct Outreach Activities
1. Provide outreach activities within the agency’s program policies and procedures, focused on assisting victims in leaving human trafficking.  May be required to conduct a majority of direct service or outreach related activities off site, including home visits, work within schools or within community agencies.

2. With close supervision, conducts assessment the victim’s immediate threat of harm.
 
3. Utilizes and implements the Motivational Interviewing model for assessing the trafficking victim’s readiness for rescue or for leaving their trafficking situation, for designing interventions for planning the victims escape strategies.  The strategies utilized in this model include: 1) build trust, 2)strengthen victim identity, 3) teach informed decision making skills, 4)create hope of escape, 5) problem solve barriers to leaving, 6) assist victim to plan effective escape strategies when he or she are safe and fully prepared to do so, and 7) assist in the escape.

4. Consults with supervisor in reviewing and assessing the current stages of outreach cases.

5.   Develops and implements appropriate intervention strategies that recognize the current stage, and supports the victim’s movement to the next stage toward exiting trafficking.  Regularly reviews client’s progress with the supervisor.

  6.   Identifies community resources and assists in developing linkages with providers and law enforcement that support the implementation of the STOP-IT program and the client outcomes.

    7.   Maintains frequent case related contacts with local resources, collateral sources, public and private agencies and organizations, and law enforcement, to advocate on behalf of clients.  Refers clients for services, as needed.

8. Obtains appropriate Release of Information before a referral is made
9.   Under the supervisor’s direction, processes requests for financial assistance to
        clients within agency policy.

10. In consultation with the Supervisor, initiates contact with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a mandated reporter when child abuse or neglect is suspected.

   11. In Consultation with the Supervisor, initiates contact with the Elder Abuse Hotline as a mandated reporter when elder abuse is suspected.

12. Keeps supervisor informed regarding case related subpoenas and attends court when appropriate.

13. Keeps supervisor informed of clients in crisis who may be at-risk, and any situation or incident that may require immediate attention, to prevent harm to anyone by following the agency emergency plan in the Policy and Procedures Manual.  In a timely fashion, records such contacts, situations or incidents in special progress notes.

14. Maintains STOP-IT hotline as assigned and shared with other outreach workers.

15. Completes case and statistical recordings, and other required reports and record keeping for assigned clients per manual on “Office Policies and Procedures”.

16. Engages in regular professional supervision with designated supervisor.

17. Maintains awareness of applicable liability issues and other applicable legal issues, and their potential to affect agency and/or clients.

18. Abides by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, including NASW standards for cultural competence in social work practice

Intra-Agency Responsibilities
1.  Studies agency policies, procedures, and programs.  May contribute ideas and suggestions for change to Director with the knowledge/participation of
     the immediate supervisor.

2.  Performs special administrative assignments or duties as may be delegated.

3. Attends agency’s general, professional, training and consultation meetings.  Presents case related information for learning purposes.

4. When necessary, may be asked to perform certain record keeping functions such   as typing case notes/recording, filing case records, etc.  Takes initiative in maintaining smooth functioning of office which may include answering phone calls, taking messages, opening and closing office, etc.
 
Community Relations

1. May attend schools, other agency meetings or court hearings as appropriate, and with supervisory approval.

2. As delegated by the supervisor, participates in networking with community groups or activities dealing with the social problems of individuals or families.

3. Provides community specific trainings to groups such as law enforcement, medical providers, social service provides and other appropriate community groups.

4. Participates in community planning and/or organizing activities related to the problems designated as relevant to the agency’s objectives.  May assess community needs for the agency’s services and collaborate in the development of recommended plans for meeting these needs.  This should be done with the knowledge and consent of the supervisor.

COMPETENCIES
AFFECTIVE
A willingness to support and uphold the mission of The Salvation Army.
 
An appreciation of faith-based service organizations.

BEHAVIORAL:
An interpersonal style that is service oriented as well as anticipates and responds to the needs of clients. 

A flexible style that also displays a willingness to learn.

An excellent attention to detail, procedures, processes and policies.

Ability to maintain and project a problem solving approach in case situations with clients and inter/intra agency personnel.

A communication style that exhibits the principles and values of The Salvation Army, communicates information appropriately, as well as fostering team relationships.

COGNITIVE:
A developing knowledge of the principles of social work, counseling, and case management. 

An understanding of data management, procedure development and flow of information.

A developing knowledge of how to effectively work with diversity in the workplace.

Must be sensitive to and work appropriately with culturally and socio-economically diverse
client populations.

Current driver’s license and a working, appropriately insured automobile preferred

EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.  The BSW is preferred, but a major in human services is acceptable.

Previous experience in case management is preferred.


REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
This position reports to the STOP-IT Program Manager or other assigned experienced social work supervisor.

This individual relates to, and interacts with, a wide range of contacts both within and
outside The Salvation Army.  In these contacts, they act as a representative of The Salvation Army and its mission.

POSITION LIMITATIONS 
This individual will not commit Salvation Army resources that have not been allocated or approved.

This individual will not fail to keep the Supervisor informed on all critical issues relating to his/her area of responsibility.

This individual will not fail to adhere to all Army policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position is required to do light physical work. In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard office equipment and PC.  The work environment for this position includes a client service environment with a moderate to loud noise level.

Willingness to perform off site activities which could include home visits, work within schools
or within community agencies.  This position may be required to drive a motor vehicle, read road maps, and understand directions. 

COMPENSATION
Grade Level:  unpaid internship

 

 


Erin Knowles Wirsing, LCSW
Program Manager, STOP-IT
The Salvation Army Family and Community Services
4800 N Marine Dr.  1st Fl
Chicago, IL  60640
Phone: 773.433.5738  Fax: 773.275.6288
TOLL FREE/24-Hour Hotline:  877.606.3158
www.sa-stopit.org
www.facebook.com/SAStopIt


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