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Licensed Social Worker - Family Mental Health

Educational Alliance


The Licensed Social Worker - Family Mental Health will provide clinical support to children and families in crisis across the six sites. Specific emphasis will be placed on families impacted by extreme risk factors including: homelessness, foster care, incarceration, and intimate partner and community violence. Duties include child, individual and family counseling, the facilitation of therapeutic parent support groups and psychoeducational workshops addressing a range of topics including child development, parenting strategies, healthy relationships and co-parenting, and stress management. Provide professional development workshops regarding mental health and wellbeing.
The Licensed Social Worker - Family Mental Health will be based primarily in the field working in each site and in the homes as necessary. The Social Worker will be responsible for cultivating relationships and making strategic mental health referrals to community partners.

Provide intensive clinical support to families enrolled in CFS programming who are dealing with high level crises
Develop crisis management and safety plan for families as needed
Educate staff on trauma informed care and self-care strategies


Coordination and Facilitation of Family Support (40%)
Facilitate parent support groups and psychoeducational parent workshops
Support families at various external meetings and appointments as needed (i.e. mental health, CPSE, Court etc.)
Follow up and track outcomes of all referrals
Work collaboratively with all Department 60 internal teams including Education, Social Services, College Access, Employment Services as needed for family support and engagement
Thoughtfully partner with families to set and reach goals
Update family progress and outcomes via PROMIS database and case notes

In-depth Counseling (50%)
Provide intensive counseling and crisis intervention services to assigned children and families
Carry a rotating caseload of the highest need families
Assess and evaluate families’ needs on a routine basis
Create and implement culturally appropriate treatment plans
Prioritize cases, provide triage, and external referrals as necessary
Collaborate with community-based mental health service providers
Conduct home visits as necessary
Maintain case notes on the PROMIS database and track individual family activity, progress and outcomes accordingly

Staff Development (10%)
Conduct professional development workshops for staff on topics related to mental health and wellbeing of children and families
Coach and train teaching staff on social emotional learning and behavior management strategies
Support programmatic efforts of Department 60 and provide direct programmatic supports to Social Services and Education units respectively
Maintain and adhere to confidentiality practices to support family’s privacy and well-being
Maintain all responsibilities of mandated reporting
Refrain from inappropriate fraternizing with families

Professional Responsibilities
Developing an understanding of Head Start goals, philosophy
Develop an understanding of Head Start Program Performance Standards
Develop an understanding and full use of PROMIS database system
Maintain awareness of the philosophy and goals of the program in order to promote efficiency of program enrollment, family engagement and participation and program visibility
Maintain professional relationship with colleagues
Attend Team meetings as assigned and demonstrate willingness to incorporate new ideas and strategies to meet program standards and goals in line with best practices
Attend professional development opportunities both internal and external and deliver updated information to peers and colleagues as assigned
Demonstrate ethical conduct and decision making
Observe strict confidentiality practices
Adhere to Educational Alliance policies and procedures; comply with required documentation and record keeping responsibilities for Mental Health and Disability Service unit
Maintain compliance paperwork, and submit documents by deadlines assigned
Partner with community-based mental health service providers as necessary
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned


Required Knowledge
LMSW required; LCSW preferred
3 to 5 years of clinical counseling and demonstrated knowledge of working with families of diverse socio-economic backgrounds
Demonstrated knowledge of assessing and providing community resources to families
Strong communication and engagement strategies
Strong organizational and record keeping skills
Ability to work evenings as necessary
Must be able to meet physical requirements of working with young children, including walking up and down stairs, sitting on the floor and lifting a child
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Role Key Competencies

Team Player
Building a Successful Team
Conflict Management and Resolution
Planning and Organizing
Learning Orientation
Safety Awareness
Managing Performance


Competitive Salary
Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days
Comprehensive Health Insurance
Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym
403(b) Retirement Plan
Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance
Generous Vacation Package


Posted on 11/21/17; CVMHA ID #11586