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Family Advocate

Type: Full-Time (40 hours)

Job Summary

To promote the mission of PATH to help individuals achieve a more independent and fulfilling life by being an effective team member.  As a member of the CMCT team, accompany a CMCT crisis worker when dispatched to provide engagement, crisis intervention and assistance to the youth and family experiencing a crisis.  To provide resources and serve as a support for caregivers during the intervention time.  Facilitate parent support groups.  The CMCT program operates 365 days/year from 8:00am to 10:00pm.

Specific Duties

  1. Accompany crisis worker when dispatched and assist in engaging the family and youth; provide crisis interventions and provide added support to the family/caregiver.
  2. Utilize approved evidence based tools and practices when providing interventions.
  3. Assist the crisis worker to obtaining each individual’s perspective on the crisis and assist in the development of a crisis/safety plan.
  4. Assist families in developing and accessing natural supports.
  5. Assist CMCT team members to engage families and enhance their understanding of the family’s experiences.
  6. Assist in the linkage of youth and family to the CRC or other 24/7 crisis staff and remain with the youth and family until the connection and collaboration is complete.
  7. Be knowledgeable about local youth and family resources.
  8. Provide up to 72 hours of intervention and support to the youth and family
  9. Develop and facilitate parent support groups to provide skill building and support mutual support among caregivers
  10. Empower families to identify and build upon their strengths.
  11. Schedule any follow up appointments at a time and place convenient for the family, which includes the provision of evening and weekend appointments in the home and community.
  12. Complete all required documentation in a comprehensive, timely and legible manner and in accordance with PATH policies and procedures
  13. Contribute to any quality improvement/outcome measurement tracking and data gathering as assigned

Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent.  At minimum, full or part time, paid or volunteer experience within the past 3 years.  Personal experience as a caregiver to a child involved with behavioral health services, juvenile justice, child welfare or special education.  Driver’s license and  car required.

Location

Children’s Mobile Crisis Teams, Philadelphia, PA

Schedule

40 Hours per Week

Salary

$25,210.00 - $25,958.00

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