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Become A Family Intervention Specialist

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Working As A Family Intervention Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $42,350

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Family Intervention Specialist does

  • Attend 3 supervision meetings weekly.
  • Developed and monitor working treatment goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
  • Trained in alcohol and drug treatment.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trained.
  • Experience administering psychosocial assessments, creating discharge plans, and formulating timed and measured goals and objectives for treatment.
  • Utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Evidence Based Practice when intervening with youth and families.
  • Hold family sessions with each case up to 3 times a week scheduled at the convenience of the families.
  • Create weekly treatment plans, discharge plans, and contact notes.
  • Provided intensive home based services to families referred to agency through DCF/DMH.
  • Provided for providing in-home family therapy and case management.
  • Develop discharge plans and ensure continuity of care.
  • Provided information, referral and crisis intervention services to families of students enrolled in the school.
  • Drive up to 60-80 miles to provide treatment in individual families' homes in a wide array of settings and communities.
  • Provided intensive in-home counseling for high risk familiesDeveloped and maintained treatment plans for youthTrained in Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Maintain positive rapport with key players such as case manager and/or DCS caseworker.
  • Developed and maintained monthly written service plans 35+ families.
  • Anger Management Group Facilitator for Teen/Certified in Love & Logic.
  • Serve as Family Intervention Specialist for an average of 25 cases per month.
  • Engaged child welfare families suffering with substance abuse problems and provide linkage to appropriate treatment and recovery programs.
  • Participate in outreach services involving educating the community about services and program related activities as well as substance abuse issues.

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How To Become A Family Intervention Specialist

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Family Intervention Specialist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Dutch

  • Greek

  • Russian

  • Shan

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Top Skills for A Family Intervention Specialist


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Top Family Intervention Specialist Skills

  1. Weekly Treatment Plans
  2. Family Therapy
  3. Child Welfare
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed weekly treatment plans identifying barriers to youth's progress and addressing the youth's needs.
  • Provided and facilitated individual and family therapy in the home setting.
  • Delivered comprehensive therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults involved with child welfare and prevention services.
  • Provide on-call availability to families during the week and one weekend each month.
  • Participate in outreach services involving educating the community about services and program related activities as well as substance abuse issues.

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