Family Intervention Specialist in Knoxville, TN

Hear from Erin, a Family Intervention Specialist in Knoxville, Tennessee, about her experience working for Youth Villages.  To learn more about the Family Intervention Specialist position and to apply online, click here.
 What are the best aspects of being a Family Intervention Specialist at Youth Villages?
The relationships you build with the families you work with are unlike the relationships you build in any other kind of job. You are privileged to work through good and bad times with these families. You come to know the families you work with on a deep level, and in many cases become someone that they truly rely on. Rather than working with families in an office setting, you get to see the families in their homes and address issues that may not otherwise be recognized.
What is the biggest challenge as a Family Intervention Specialist?
I have quickly learned to be flexible; you can never predict what each day is going to bring and I’ve learned to readjust my schedule around emergencies and crises that come up for the families I work with. I am occasionally working late in the evening if a family is in need during a time of crisis. While this can be challenging, it enables us to support families when they need it the most.


What does a typical day look like for you? Typical week?

I usually start the day off by working on some paper work in the morning. I will typically start meeting with families around 9 or 10 am and hold around 3 to 4 sessions a day. I am usually back at home by 6 or 7 pm. I conduct most sessions Monday – Thursday and spend Friday finishing up paperwork and wrapping up any remaining sessions.

What do you like best about Knoxville? What are some of your favorite things to do?

I moved to Knoxville for this job and have really come to love this town. The smoky mountains are beautiful and offer a lot of different opportunities for outdoor activities. The downtown area has a lot of unique shops and restaurants that are fun to visit, and there is a lot of great shopping in the surrounding areas. There are always various events going on downtown, making this a really fun town to live in.

What is the Knoxville office culture like?

There is an expectation for high quality work. Each counselor is expected to do their job effectively and provide consistent support to all the families they work with. There is a strong sense of teamwork within the office. Every Family Intervention Specialist is assigned to a team of several Specialists and a supervisor. Team members and supervisors offer consistent support to each of the Specialists. There is always someone to turn to for help and support during challenging times.

What is unique about Youth Villages?

Youth Villages offers training and support to employees that is rarely available through other non-profit organizations. Youth Villages is also a growing organization with a wide array of opportunities for advancement. Youth Villages offers tools to support employees in doing their jobs effectively and efficiently. We implement evidenced-based practices held to high standards, which provides employees with an opportunity to implement interventions that can really make a difference in the lives of our clients.


One Response to Family Intervention Specialist in Knoxville, TN

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