Parent Educator - Home Based and Supportive Services

Full time
Location: Clare

General Responsibilities

- To provide visitation support services to families in collaboration with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to promote child safety, provide parenting education and support child development.

Specific Duties

- Support the family by identifying resources which will assist them in meeting documented needs or requests.

- Make all efforts to assure the safety and well-being of all program participants.

- Provide supportive parenting instruction to parents during visitation.

- Promote development of family relationships.

- Encourage parenting skills to assists parents in understanding how to provide a nurturing environment.

- Utilize various resources to assist families in understanding parent/child interaction skills, parent education skills, and life/home management skills.

- Provide one-on-one contact, for a minimum of 1 hour per week.

- Advocate for families as deemed appropriate and make appropriate referrals and/or contact for
resources with other professionals and agencies.

- Work with parents to develop an action plan that identifies appropriate interventions for a child that needs individual support.

- Provide testimony in court as requested by DHS.

- Develop case goals, objectives and projected outcomes related to the referral.

- Complete necessary program documentation and record keeping in a neat and timely manner.

- Demonstrate appropriate responses to children and families that have experienced physical & emotional abuse, neglect violence, substance abuse, and mental health concerns and strive to provide resources that address those issues

- Participate in personal and professional development activities, including staff meetings, conferences, training opportunities, and other training options as identified and approved by supervisors.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, or criminal justice.

- Minimum of two years’ experience with programs for young children and their families.

- Must have good written and oral communication skills.

- Must be self-directed, have the ability to multitask, have the ability to coordinate the completion of assigned tasks, and be willing to accept new challenges.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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