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Family Partner - Children / Family Mental Health Support

Company: Berkshire Children and Families
Location: Pittsfield
Posted on: June 1, 2018

Job Description:

Job DescriptionREQUIRED: Must have experience as parent/guardian of a child with special needs or significant mental health needs living in your home past or present.Provide one-on-one support to parents or caregivers of youth who have mental health needs. This is done primarily through the Family Partner joining with the caregiver using their own “lived experience” of also parenting a child with special needs.The Family Partner will work collaboratively with the family and other agencies as part of a larger team. The Family Partner will engage parents in activities that are designed to meet the goals on the youth’s care plan under the guidelines of Mass Health.The objective is to assist parents in learning how to manage and advocate for their child’s emotional and behavioral needs by improving the capacity of the parent/caregiver to use various services and supports. Experience as parent/guardian of a child with special needs or significant mental health needs living in your home past or presentis required. Bi-lingual preferred. Must also have experience working with children or families in a more formal way.Flexible hours, occasional evenings. Competitive salary and benefits.Berkshire Children and Families is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and cultural diversity. People of color, LGBTQ individuals and multi-/bi-lingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Submit cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, HR Administrator. You may include military service assignments and any verified work performed on a volunteer basis. AA/EOECompany Description"EVERY CHILD IN A FAMILY, EVERY FAMILY IN A COMMUNITY"As one of the oldest social service agencies in Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley, Berkshire Children and Families (BCF) is committed to the well-being of children and families in the communities in which they live. Our programs provide education, prevention, intervention, and advocacy for and with children and families. Most of our families have experienced trauma, poverty, and/or other challenges that impact caring for their children. We offer programs and services in:• Early childhood and out-of-school education and care; • Foster care and adoption assessment and placement; • A classical music program for social change;• Interventions and mentoring for young people impacted by violence and gangs; • Individual and group parenting and life skills education and supportWe promote partnership and collaboration at all levels with communities, agencies, schools, funders and families themselves to develop services that are responsive to families' needs.

Keywords: Berkshire Children and Families, Pittsfield, Family Partner - Children / Family Mental Health Support, Healthcare, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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