To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.
Child First is an evidence-based, early childhood intervention that helps very vulnerable families build strong, nurturing relationships that protect and heal young children from the devastating impact of trauma and chronic stress. Most families have experienced multiple challenges, including poverty, violence, depression, substance use, and homelessness.
The Care Coordinator partners with a licensed Mental Health and Developmental Clinician to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention. The Care Coordinator plays a crucial role in stabilizing the entire family system, while the Clinician provides psychotherapeutic caregiver-child intervention to facilitate and enhance this critical relationship. Working together, the assigned Care Coordinator and Clinician make up one of four Clinical Teams who report to the same Clinical Director within Bridgeport Hospital. The Care Coordinator takes the lead in connecting the child and family with desired, community-based services and supports while maintaining Child First?s reflective, relationship-based stance. The Care Coordinator also enhances caregiver executive functioning skills (e.g., planning, organizing, managing time, focusing attention, regulating emotions, reflecting on progress) and engages in interactive play with young children in the home. Ultimately, through connecting to family resources, the Care Coordinator both decreases the ?toxic? stress in the home environment and enhances opportunities for optimal child development, thereby promoting healthy brain development for infants and young children.
Responsibilities: 1. Provide community resource expertise to Child First team and families, including identifying and collaborating with community-based service providers and supports. 2. Engage with the Child First family and the Clinician in the collaborative family assessment process (i.e., use data from interviews, observations, interactions, and standardized measures to identify family strengths, needs, and challenges). 3. Promote family stabilization by identifying all needed and desired services, integrating service needs into the Child and Family Plan of Care, and addressing barriers to services as they arise. 4. Avert crisis situations by assisting Child First family in times of urgent need (e.g., eviction).
Enhance caregiver executive functioning skills (e.g., planning, organizing, managing time, focusing attention, regulating emotions, reflecting on progress) as needed and in consultation with the Clinician and Clinical Director. 5. Enhance caregiver executive functioning skills (e.g., planning, organizing, managing time, focusing attention, regulating emotions, reflecting on progress) as needed and in consultation with the Clinician and Clinical Director. 6. Maintain a reflective lens when engaging with the caregiver, in order to understand his/her motivation, needs, and possible barriers to new services and supports. 7. Collaborate closely with Child First Clinician to meet the needs of Child First families. 8. Embrace use of videotaping to enhance both therapeutic work with families and reflective clinical supervision. 9. Provide identified child and/or other children in the family with an interactive, growth-promoting play experience. 10. Engage in weekly individual, Team, and group reflective clinical supervision with Clinical Director. 11. Engage actively in all aspects of the Child First Learning Collaborative, including in-person trainings, distance learning curriculum, and specialty trainings. 12. Participate in the Early Childhood System of Care Collaborative, and other collaborative meetings, conferences, and trainings as appropriate. 13. Track completion of all assessments and enter into the appropriate database. 14. Keep all appropriate documentation for clinical accountability and reimbursement. 15. Participate in other clinical and administrative activities as assigned by the Clinical or Program Directors.
Bachelor's degree in child development, psychology, nursing, human services, or related field.
A minimum of five years working with culturally diverse families and young children under the age of six years.
Knowledge of early childhood development, parent education, parent-child relationships, and individual, family, and community-level risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness, maternal depression, domestic violence, substance abuse, teen parenthood).
Knowledge of and experience with community-based services and supports in service area, highly valued.
Experience working in home and community-based settings with vulnerable populations of diverse cultures and ethnicities.
Ability to speak a second language (Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, other), highly valued.
Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Child First Greater Bridgeport: Client-Centered, Acceptance, Compassion, Hope, Humility, Innovation & Creativity, Integrity, Professionalism, and Respect.
Openness to learning, capacity for self-reflection, and eagerness to participate in reflective clinical supervision.
Highly organized, self-motivated, reliable, and flexible.
Able to work successfully as part of a team.
Able to communicate well verbally and in writing.
Proficient with computers and experienced with Word and Excel and web-based electronic client records.
Willingness to work flexible, non-traditional hours when necessary to meet the needs of families. Available to work a
minimum of one evening a week to accommodate a home visit starting no earlier than 5:30 pm.
Valid driver's license and use of personal vehicle with appropriate insurance.
Ability to conduct home visits including but not limited to walking, climbing stairs, standing, sitting (in chairs and on
the floor), bending, and carrying no more than 25 lbs.