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The Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery (IFASDD) is a multidisciplinary program housed in the UCSD Department of Pediatrics' Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology. IFASDD is focused entirely on the preventable birth defect of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). IFASDD involves pediatrics, nursing, education, psychology, allied health care providers, parent groups, and public agencies throughout Southern California. The overarching goal of the program is to provide comprehensive diagnostic services for individuals with FASD, facilitate access to appropriate treatment and interventions, to train health care providers on diagnosis and treatment, to assist families with an affected child, to collaborate with government, education, and the justice and healthcare systems to improve recognition of the disorder, and to provide a platform for conducting innovative research. The FASD clinic is an outpatient clinic located at the Rady Children's Hospital San Diego campus; the clinic is the center of all IFASDD activities.
As an integral member of the IFASDD team, the FASD Interventionist and Care Coordinator executes two interwoven and primary functions as follows: a.) delivers FASD interventions and psychotherapeutic services and support to patients and families of the FASD clinic and (b.) provides quality controlled case management services for FASD clinic patients and families. Psychotherapeutic services and interventions are provided in individual and/or group settings with the goal of assisting patients and families in adjusting to the physical and psychological difficulties associated with the disorder. Counsel is provided to patients and families on the psychoeducational as well as psychosocial ramifications of FASD.
The FASD Interventionist and Care Coordinator evaluates and provides consultation to the medical team on the social factors relating to the disorder, any hospitalizations or contact with the justice system, obtains prenatal alcohol exposure history when requested, and recommends and implements psychotherapeutic services. This individual develops and aids the family in the use of community resources. All such services are provided in close collaboration with the FASD clinic physicians, other health care professionals involved in the patient's direct care for FASD, and the IFASDD Academic Coordinator in a multidisciplinary team approach.
Additionally, the FASD Interventionist and Care Coordinator is a core member of the IFASDD team and provides collaborative, educational and consultative FASD services to both lay and professional groups and organizations throughout the region. Such work will lead to the expansion of a network of FASD-informed local service providers under the direction of the IFASDD Academic Coordinator.
A Master's degree from an accredited school of social work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a medical or social service setting.
Demonstrated experience teaching at the elementary or secondary school level.
Proven ability to manage difficult and complex pediatric mental health cases with thorough understanding of the issues surrounding working with higher risk families.
Excellent interpersonal skills in general, and specific to mental health consultation work with pediatric populations, are required including the ability to: develop strong working relationships; positively represent the Division across diverse communities; and interact effectively with both health care professionals and nonprofessionals regarding mental health concerns.
Proven ability and experience coordinating wraparound care with mental health, educational, and legal resources.
Knowledge and experience providing interventions to pediatric populations with behavioral health issues.
Proven ability to consolidate clinical information from a variety of sources into assessment and treatment planning process, including the ability to plan and conduct treatment interventions.
Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure while prioritizing and managing multiple clinical situations and coordinating efforts as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
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