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Child First Family Support Partner

Company: Solvista Health
Location: Salida
Posted on: May 19, 2023

Job Description:

General Purpose
The Family Support Partner partners with a licensed/ licensed-eligible Mental Health and Developmental Clinician to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention. The Family Support Partner plays a crucial role in stabilizing the entire family system, while the Clinician provides psychotherapeutic caregiver-child intervention to facilitate and enhance this critical relationship. Working together, the assigned Family Support Partner and Clinician make up one of two Clinical Teams who report to the same Clinical Supervisor within Solvista Health. The Family Support Partner takes the lead in connecting the child and family with desired, community-based services and supports while maintaining Child First's reflective, relationship-based stance. The Family Support Partner also enhances caregiver executive functioning skills (e.g., planning, organizing, managing time, focusing attention, regulating emotions, reflecting on progress) and engages in interactive play with young children in the home. Ultimately, through connecting to family resources, the Family Support Partner both decreases the "toxic" stress in the home environment and enhances opportunities for optimal child development, thereby promoting healthy brain development for infants and young children.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide community resource expertise to Child First team and families, including identifying and collaborating with community-based service providers and supports.
  • Engage with the Child First family and the Clinician in the collaborative family assessment process (i.e., use data from interviews, observations, interactions, and standardized measures to identify family strengths, needs, and challenges).
  • Promote family stabilization by identifying all needed and desired services, integrating service needs into the Child and Family Plan of Care, and addressing barriers to services as they arise.
  • Avert crises by assisting Child First family in times of urgent need (e.g., eviction).
  • Enhance caregiver executive functioning skills (e.g., planning, organizing, managing time, focusing attention, regulating emotions, reflecting on progress) as needed and in consultation with the Clinician and Clinical Supervisor.
  • Maintain a reflective lens when engaging with the caregiver, in order to understand his/her motivation, needs, and possible barriers to new services and supports.
  • Collaborate closely with Child First Clinician to meet the needs of Child First families.
  • Embrace use of videotaping to enhance both therapeutic work with families and reflective clinical supervision.
  • Provide identified child and/or other children in the family with an interactive, growth-promoting play experience.
  • Engage in weekly individual, Team, and group reflective clinical supervision with Clinical Supervisor.
  • Engage actively in all aspects of the Child First Learning Collaborative, including in-person trainings, distance learning curriculum, and specialty trainings.
  • Track completion of all assessments and enter into the appropriate database.
  • Keep all appropriate documentation for clinical accountability and reimbursement.
  • Participate in other clinical and administrative activities as appropriate.
    Supervisory Duties (if any)
    • None

      Job Qualifications
      Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
      • Experience working with culturally diverse families and young children under the
      • age of six years.
      • Openness to learning, capacity for self-reflection, and eagerness to participate in reflective clinical supervision.
      • Knowledge of early childhood development, parent education, parent-child relationships, andindividual, family, and community-level risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness, maternal depression, domestic violence, substance abuse, teen parenthood).
      • Knowledge of and experience with community-based services and supports in service area, highly valued.
      • Experience working in home and community-based settings with vulnerable populations ofdiverse cultures and ethnicities.
      • Able to speak a second language (Spanish), highly valued.
      • Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Solvista Health and Child First.
      • Highly organized, self-motivated, reliable, and flexible (including willingness to work non-traditional hours, including at least one evening).
      • Eager and able to work as part of a team.
      • Able to communicate well verbally and in writing.
      • Comfortable with computers and experienced with Word and Excel.
      • Reliable vehicle and appropriate insurance for home visits.
        Education or Formal Training:
        • Bachelor's degree in child development, psychology, nursing, human services, or related field,from an accredited institution.

          Working Conditions and Other Conditions of Employment
          Working Environment:
          This job operates in a fast-paced, professional office environment and routinely requires the use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers. The position may require travel to conferences, meetings and branch locations on a regular or intermittent basis. Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. In the health center environment, there is potential for contact with blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases, as well as potential for contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals. There could be interaction with persons who are mentally ill, disabled, elderly and emotionally upset.
          Physical Activities:
          These are representative of those which must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
          This is a largely sedentary role but can involve standing or sitting for extended periods of time, bending at the waist, and using hands and fingers to handle and file papers or operate assigned equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. Employee may also have to lift 10 to 25 lbs. unassisted.
          Conditions of Employment:
          • Annual TB, federally required drug screening, and Influenza vaccination or compliance with policy and procedure.
          • Required possession of a valid state driver's license.
          • Successful candidate must submit to and pass, post-offer drug screen.
            In accordance with the COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, all Solvista Health employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to safeguard the health of our patients and employees.

Keywords: Solvista Health, Aspen , Child First Family Support Partner, Other , Salida, Colorado

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