Kinship Caregiver/Family Peer Advocate, Child & Family Support Program (CFSP) part-time position available/possible full-time
Job purposeIn keeping the Mental Health Association of WNY, Inc. (MHA) Vision and Value statements the Child and Family Support Program (CFSP) Family Peer Advocate maintains a Mission-driven approach and provides education, support, and advocacy to families who have a child or young adult in their care experiencing mental health and/or behavioral health challenges.
Duties and responsibilities
Models youth and family-driven approach to services; assuring needs of Caregiver and youth are met while using family strengths and services that are culturally competent.
Supports kinship caregivers met at the Erie County Medical Center by disseminating information and referrals or by providing linkage to appropriate agencies or providers as needed.
Attends family meetings as needed which may include educational meetings, psychiatric appointments, or agency meetings to support families by facilitating positive communication and strength–based focus.
Meet with families in their homes to provide support.
Documents all activities and writes progress notes.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Kinship Caregiver of a child, adolescent or young adult who has mental health and/or behavioral health challenges and/or has been a recipient of services in one of the child-serving systems.
Broad knowledge and experience in the Mental Health System and/or other child-serving systems.
Good networking experience.
Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and a supportive approach to the needs of others.
Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
Above average oral and written communication skills.
Excellent relationship building, interpersonal, and coaching skills.
Sound, independent decision-making ability.
Proficient computer skills in a Microsoft Office environment (Word, Access, PowerPoint, etc.) or other current technology.
Team-first attitude and a positive demeanor.
Flexibility with schedule to include evening hours and weekends.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Education or Human Services Related Field. A combination of education and comparable experience will also be considered.
Mandatory: must possess a valid Driver’s License with reliable transportation to travel within New York State, as well as nationally, if required.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, including a cover letter with your experience of caring for a child, teen, or young adult living with a mental health diagnosis to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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