Early Learning Mental Health Specialist

 

OVERVIEW

Established in 1920, the Center for Family Services (CFS) has been committed to uplifting individuals and families through an innovative continuum of care. Its efforts are focused on serving more than 10,000 families annually through early childhood, supportive housing, homeless prevention, workforce development, and several crisis hotlines. In 2017, CFS was awarded a 5-year implementation grant from the Department of Education to implement the Camden Promise Neighborhood Initiative, a neighborhood based effort to improve education and create family economic stability for Camden families through a cradle-to college-to career continuum of services. This initiative seeks to improve academic achievement and family economic success in the lowest performing schools and neighborhoods in Camden. The four neighborhoods targeted are: Cooper Lanning, Bergen Square, Centerville, and Liberty Park.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

CFS is seeking a full-time Mental Health Specialist. The Specialist will provide trauma informed professional support services to prospective and current Camden Promise Neighborhood (CPN) families in the area of early childhood (ages B-5) education. The Mental Health Specialist is responsible for monitoring, supporting and enhancing families’ success in the referral programs by assessing external risk factors and intervening as appropriate to support program accessibility and completion. This includes direct coaching and support of families, early learning staff, building internal program capacity for services, and expanding access to external resources for delivering counseling and related social services. This position will also play a key role in the referral selection process and deliver life skills programming as needed.

Reports To: Early Learning Network Manager

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct Services

  • Conducts one-on-one interviews and assessments of prospective CPN referrals
  • Provides intensive case management and mentoring for multiple households
  • In partnership with Early Learning Staff, develops and maintains “individual service plans” and records for families who need case management services
  • Reviews “individual service plans” and proactively connects families to appropriate available resources and helps them apply for assistance programs (e.g. healthcare, child care, legal representation) that will ease and possibly eliminate many of their challenges
  • Facilitates groups/programs/workshops centered on the development of self-esteem, parenting, conflict resolution, trauma, child development, forward planning, and other related life-skills
  • Provides individual and in class supports, and home visits as needed and appropriate for children and families
  • Provides training and coaching to early learning staff on therapeutic and trauma informed approaches
  • Meets weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or as needed with other support staff, students and their families as they progress through their “individual service plans”
  • Collects data on assigned cases and document progress toward established goals for family “individual service plans”
  • Builds relationships with families through individual meetings and home visits with one’s caseload as well as through visibility and participation at various community meetings and activities, when appropriate
  • Maintains professional growth and development throughout the year by attending workshops and trainings that will aid in providing superior case management services

Program Development

  • Builds new and maintains relationships with community partners around education and employment, health, mental health, and substance abuse resources.
  • Collaborates with external sources to develop or enhance services directly applicable to the families’ lives. (i.e., anger management, relationships, life transitions and pressures, etc.)
  • Supervises MSW interns
  • Enters all documentation, including case notes and contacts, into data system and examines trends/issues in the community that may be affecting residents, partners and potential stakeholders
  • Participates actively as a member of the Service Delivery System team, contributing ideas and recommendations for improving processes based on work in the above areas
  • As needed, participates in meetings/discussions with other Promise Neighborhood sites
  • Ensures continuity of programming and serve as focal point for each assigned case
Hours: 
Full Time
Location: 
Camden
Travel Requirements: 
50%
Salary: 
Salary will be commensurate with experience and compensation history. Benefits will be competitive with industry standards and include medical, dental and vision coverage; retiement plan options; and vacation, holiday and leave policies.
Job Status: 
Full Time
Requirements: 
  • Must be able to develop successful and trusting relationships with the CPN families, create and sustain an environment that supports these relationships
  • Passion for the mission of CPN and a commitment to the potential of the Camden community
  • Master of Social Work and/or Counseling degree or a degree in a related field from an accredited program required. LPC/LICSW/LCSW, BCaBC preferred
  • 3+ years’ experience as a case-manager/counselor/therapist for at-risk individuals, particularly children ages 0-5 or elementary, including: experience developing, implementing, monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of counseling, case management, and related programs
  • Spanish language fluency and ability to conduct job duties in both English and Spanish strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • History of cultivating relationships and building alliances with agencies and schools
  • An engaging and collaborative leadership style with mature interpersonal skills and the ability to juggle and manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines
  • History of thriving in a fast paced, high growth, team oriented structure where priorities change rapidly and everyone is an equal participant in getting the work done
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion on all levels
  • Access to reliable transportation. If applicable, will be required to present proof of acceptable driving record, current driver’s license, and proof of liability insurance
lena.shefelman@centerffs.org

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