IFP Skill Builder

Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) Skill Builder is paired with an Intensive Family Preservation Therapist, performs a variety of duties and tasks to coordinate and implement services based on a case plan developed and facilitated by referring agencies.  The overall goals of the service are to prevent abuse/neglect of children, strengthen families, assist in providing permanency for children in care, and/or to enhance community safety. The Skill Builder focuses on stabilization issues, child/parental skill acquisition, improved family functioning, increase parent/child interactions and community engagement for support with children/youth and families. Skill Builders provide coaching, skill application and mentoring to ensure appropriate parenting skills during sessions with children.

IFP Skill Builder provides structured, goal-oriented learning sessions related to the referral for family members who require safety and protection from physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect.

Major Responsibilities and Related Tasks

Direct-Line Services

  • Complete initial contact to referred families.
  • Engage with the family in an effort to develop appropriate / necessary recommendations for future success.
  • Provide necessary community resources and support system development.
  • Provide parenting instruction as required.
  • Provide coaching, skill application and mentoring.
  • Participate in case conferences, school conferences and court appearances with the family as requested.
  • Provide family advocacy as needed.
  • Provide case management and coordination with the Case Manager.
  • Participate in ongoing assessment and evaluation of the family’s goals.

Client Information System

  • Provide necessary client information to referring departments and the family (Session Notes and Monthly Summaries, case updates, Collateral Logs).
  • Maintain appropriate professional files electronically which will provide all necessary documentation regarding the family.

Team / Supervision Meetings

  • Participate in case management meetings upon requests with the Case Manager to coordinate necessary services.
  • Participate in weekly coordination meetings with IFP Therapists.
  • Participate in weekly supervision meetings with the Clinical Supervisor.

Qualifications and Requirements

Knowledge & Skills:  A thorough knowledge of effective parenting and is expected.  Effective skills should be demonstrated in dealing with families involved in abuse/neglect situations as well as those involved in juvenile delinquency issues.  A thorough knowledge of community resources is expected. Skill Builders will follow rules of confidentiality and demonstrate CARES in working with all families, coworkers, and others.

Training and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in human services, psychology, social work, or related area and a minimum of two years’ experience in the human services field (preferred).

In addition to:

  • Knowledge of family of origin/intergenerational issues.
  • Knowledge of child abuse/neglect and sexual abuse treatment.
  • Knowledge of child and adult development.
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to be culturally competent.
  • Ability to be trauma informed.
  • Belief in the family preservation philosophy.
  • Demonstrated successful ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Solid communication and computer skills.
  • Clear criminal history background and adult/child abuse checks.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving history.