Behavior/Developmental Specialist, Educator/Child Care Professional, Mental Health
The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) has been awarded a three-year Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) from the Children’s Bureau to lead a cross-sector collaboration in Philadelphia and Bucks counties. The collaborating departments include child welfare, behavioral health, and dependency courts as well as four substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs serving women with children. The primary objective of this project is to improve child well-being, permanency and safety, and reduce the risk for involvement in the child welfare system for children pre-birth to five who are affected by parental SUDS.
Building on critical systems and clinical lessons learned from implementation and evaluation of an RPG 2 grant, HFP will align with SUD treatment programs and focus on building maternal capacity for reflective functioning. This will be accomplished by testing the efficacy of fully integrating, through staff co-location, Mothering from the Inside Out (MIO), an evidence-based model that has successfully helped mothers in SUD treatment develop capacity for reflective functioning, along with Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a dyadic and relationship-based treatment model, with an array of types of SUD treatment programs that serve women and children in two counties. Additionally, the project will work to increase comprehensive family treatment opportunities, enrollment and retention in SUD treatment programs, and improve overall system of services for young children affected by parental SUDs. This will be accomplished by strengthening existing partnerships and interagency collaboration, and closing the gap between promising collaborative processes that exist and barriers that impede their full execution.
This is a full-time, grant funded 34-month position working with the Health Federation of Philadelphia Regional Partnership Grant. The CPP Specialist will be responsible for recruiting participants, providing all assessments, intervention, and referral services to eligible families.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Responsible for recruiting eligible participants and providing the Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) intervention to an ongoing caseload of 12-15 families
Responsible for building relationships with and providing full psycho-social trauma informed assessment to participants
Develop goal-directed service plans; keep appropriate documentation including progress notes and maintenance of participants’ clinical charts
Provide CPP to families in SUD treatment programs for women and children and/or in their homes in Philadelphia and Bucks counties
Provide follow-up to re-engage participants who fail to appear for appointments or drop out of treatment
Assist with coordination of all baseline and follow-up assessments necessary for compliance
Prepare and provide supervisor with all required statistical and narrative reports in a timely manner
Comply with all data collection and report submission deadlines required by funder
Collaborate and communicate effectively with all team members and partners to ensure family’s needs are being met
Collaborate with other institutions where families are referred for trauma related issues
Participate in weekly individual and group reflective supervision with the Clinical Manager
Attend case consultation meetings and staff meetings as scheduled by SUD treatment programs
Participate in in-service training and other appropriate training and educational programs
Represent organization at meetings, coalitions, local and national conferences, etc. as needed to sustain the ongoing work of The Young Child Parent Project
Other duties as assigned
Minimum of 3 years of experience providing therapy to high risk children birth through 5 and their families impacted by substance use disorders (SUDs)
Knowledgeable about trauma and violence exposure and their impact on inner city communities, agencies, families, and individuals
Knowledge about and skills in providing trauma informed services
Knowledge of public child welfare and behavioral health systems
Experience providing home-based services
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to interface effectively at all levels
Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team as well as independently
Possess qualities of flexibility, collaborative leadership, diplomacy, creativity and accountability
Ability to work under pressure and handle crisis situations
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English
Previous Child-Parent Psychotherapy training through an NCTSN Learning Collaborative Model
Experience working with SUD treatment providers
About The Health Federation of Philadelphia
The Health Federation of Philadelphia serves as a keystone supporting a network of Community Health Centers as well as the broader base of public and private-sector organizations that deliver health and human services to vulnerable populations. We take a collaborative approach to promoting health by:
Improving access to and quality of health care.
Identifying, testing and implementing solutions to health disparities.
Providing training and technical assistance to help other organizations operate more efficiently and effectively