FIRST STEPS TOGETHER FAMILY RECOVERY SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED is required; Recovery Coach Certification preferred.
  • Experience providing support to families with young children.
  • Familiar with and able to work from a strengths-based, family-centered approach.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including the ability to work well with a wide range of families and service providers.
  • Must have a minimum of three years in recovery from substance use addiction.
  • Basic computer proficiency skills are required to record and track activities, contacts and referrals.
  • Valid Driver’s license and use of a vehicle is required.
  • Bi-lingual strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with DCF is preferred.
  • Parenting or caregiving experience preferred.
  • Flexible hours are necessary.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Experience working with parents in perinatal period, pregnancy planning, birthing plan, labor and delivery and parent/child attachment.
  • Provide parenting and peer recovery education and supporting families with children according to Parents as Teachers home visiting model requirements.
  • Knowledge of substance use and understanding of harm reduction strategies, recovery support, and medication assisted treatment during prenatal, pregnancy, and breastfeeding support.
  • Engage parents in services using Mothering from the Inside Out evidence-based approach.
  • Use a formal goal-setting process to help program participant’s articulate family goals.
  • Work collaboratively with other providers to support evidence-based services to families in recovery.
  • Help families navigate the healthcare system and social service system; accompany parents/families to appointments and meetings as needed.
  • Educate parents about child and parent development and utilize resources to increase understanding of age appropriate expectations, positive discipline skills, and connections to networks of support.
  • Actively participate in required trainings and meetings as determined by Square One and DPH and SAMHSA.
  • Maintain the strictest confidentiality of documents, discussions, resources and information when working with families.
  • Perform other duties assigned by supervisor.
  • Assist with planning, preparation and providing parent groups.
  • Complete all record keeping as required by Square One, Parents as Teachers and program funders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Demand

  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time during working hours and on special occasions.
  • Excellent auditory, verbal and sensory skills and abilities.
  • Ability to travel to and from homes in the Hamden County area by conventional means including motor vehicle, in addition to required training sessions as identified by Square One.

Mental/ Visual Demand

  • High attention to detail involving normal mental and visual attention.

Working Conditions

  • Professional business office setting.