Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Coach – Zero to Five (Para Los Niños)
Job Title: Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Coach (Zero to Five)
Department/Location: Community Resilience/Westmoreland
Supervision: Director of Community Resilience
Para Los Niños
Para Los Niños (PLN) is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than thirty years to create academic success and social well-being for children. Through early education centers, charter schools, and wellness centers, it offers high quality education integrated with family support, mental health services, and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.
Our Innovations 2 Community Resilience Program funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), will focus on building resilient families to prevent and address community trauma and provide trauma informed psycho-education and support to community residents, child care providers, early education centers, and elementary and middle schools within 12 identified zip codes.
Under the supervision of the Director of Community Resilience, the Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Coach (Zero to Five) will engage child care providers, Early Education Site Supervisors and teachers, WIC center workers, faith-based employees and any providers of support to children 0-5 years old to build capacity about trauma-informed and resiliency based approaches.
Builds rapport and trust with child care providers, early childhood center providers, and other key staff who support children 0-5 to engage them in trauma-informed training and on-going support, as needed.
Promotes and supports the mental health of providers, families, and children aged 0-5, through ongoing education and linkage to community-based mental health providers and resources.
Develops and delivers trainings and technical assistance related to trauma and resilience strategies to providers, administrators, and key staff at Early Childhood Centers.
Provides ongoing mentoring and consultation in the classroom around trauma and resiliency strategies, including, but not limited to, the Community Resiliency Model (CRM).
Provides support and coaching to providers who work with children 0-5 in specific competencies around relationship building, attachment, and the creation of safe, supportive
and nurturing environments to support resilience, and to prevent burn-out and vicarious trauma.
Maintains regular communication with providers regarding any support or coaching they may need through phone calls, emails, and/or monthly meetings.
Assists in building parent, resident, teacher, and community capacity to address adverse childhood experiences through the promotion of protective factors and when necessary provides referrals to mental health treatment.
Provides ongoing on-site mentorship to support the tools and strategies that teachers and providers have been given around trauma and resiliency at various identified sites within the 12 identified zip codes of the program.
Coordinates efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources for families experiencing high levels of toxic stress as a result of multiple traumas.
Works collaboratively with Community Resilience partners in problem solving, information exchange, and coordination of efforts.
Participates in weekly group supervision and training provided by the Community Resilience program.
Regularly reports to supervisor to provide program status updates.
Assists in the implementation of the Program by participating in appropriate meetings and activities.
Follows state laws regarding mental health issues and confidentiality.
Prepares correspondence and reports in connection with case requirements by legal and contracting entities i.e., child protective services, probation, courts, Department of Mental Health, etc.
Must be able to maintain positive working collaborative relationships with partner agencies and providers.
Must have the ability to nurture respectful relationship with families and students.
Must be sensitive to the socioeconomic cultural needs of the population served.
Performs other job related duties as directed by supervisor or director.
Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff
Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:
Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families
Commitment to excellence and high standards — for self, students, and colleagues.
Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to effectively handle challenging situations
Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform the job successfully.
MSW, MFT or MA in related field.
Holds a BBS Intern registration
Trauma Certifications, preferred
At least two years or more of experience working with low-income children aged 0-5 and their caregivers.
Other Desired Skills
-Bilingual (English/Spanish) capabilities desirable.
-Must have demonstrated skills in the following areas:
-Ability to conduct suicide assessments and evaluations for homicidal ideation, and imminent danger;
-Have skills in providing counseling and therapy to clients experiencing emotional distress and crisis;
-Knowledge of child abuse/crisis intervention techniques;
-Ability to work independently and as a team member;
-Experience working with parents and children ages 0-5;
-Knowledge regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and how trauma impacts child development;
-Knowledge about resiliency interventions;
-Possess strong creative and organizational abilities;
-Professional appearance and attitude;
-Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
-Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and diverse priorities;
-Must have the ability to consistently show good judgment and decision making skills;
-Must have knowledge of principles and techniques of training, supervision, and program operation.
Must have a reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed).
Valid California Driver License. State required automobile insurance coverage.
TB clearance, to be renewed every two years.
To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Approximately fifty percent of the time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend. Must be able to talk and hear well. Good vision is imperative. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employee will be required to life and/or move unassisted up to twenty-five pounds.
It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.
Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Acknowledgement
My signature below acknowledges that I have been given a copy of this job position description and I have read the above job description and I agree that I can perform the responsibilities and meet the requirements as presented. I understand this job description provides a general outline of job responsibilities and requirements and it is not intended to be all-inclusive. I understand and agree that nothing in this job description should be construed as a contract of employment, and that employment with Para Los Niños is at-will meaning terms of employment may be changed with our without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.
Para Los Niños at its sole and absolute discretion, expressly reserves the right to modify, supplement, delete or augment the duties and responsibilities specified in this and all job descriptions.
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