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
- 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 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.