The Care Coordinator partners with a Mental Health and Developmental Clinician to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention. The Care Coordinator plays a crucial role in helping to stabilize the entire family system, while the Clinician provides psychotherapeutic caregiver-child intervention to facilitate and enhance this critical relationship. The Care Coordinator 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 Care Coordinator 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 Care Coordinator 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.
● Provide community resource expertise to Child First team and families, including identifying and collaborating with community-based service providers and supports.
● Engage with the 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 address barriers to services as they arise.
● Avert crisis situations by assisting family in times of urgent need (e.g., eviction).
● Help 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 Coordinator.
● 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 Clinician to meet the needs of families.
● Embrace use of videotaping to enhance both 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 Program 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.
● Bachelor’s degree.
● Preferred a minimum of three years 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.
● Preferred knowledge of early childhood development, parent education, parent-child relationships, and individual, family, and community-level risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness, maternal depression, domestic violence, substance abuse, teen parenthood).
● Preferred knowledge of and experience with community-based services and supports in service area.
● Preferred experience working in home and community-based settings with vulnerable populations of diverse cultures and ethnicities.
● Fluency in both English and Spanish is highly desired.
● Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of 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.
Background Screening is Required
ICFH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Work Place