Website Westchester Institute for Human Development
WIHD is looking to hire two part-time licensed professionals to increase protective factors among parents living in the homeless shelter system by focusing specifically on the parent-child relationship and caregiver well-being in order to reduce instances of child abuse and neglect and improve family functioning. Car & driver’s license required.
Child Welfare Services at WIHD provides a comprehensive array of services, supports and advocacy for children and families involved with the child welfare system in Westchester County. These services include clinical assessments of children and their birth parents, pediatric medical care, mental health treatment for children, parent education and training, foster parent support, educational coordination and advocacy, post-adoption services and community-based aftercare for families reunifying from foster care.
Specific responsibilities will include:
- Engagement of vulnerable families to encourage participation in services
- Facilitating of parent and parent/child groups to promote positive parent/child interactions, increase nurturing and attachment, enhance problem solving, and improve caregiver well-being
- Administering standardized screening and assessment tools and participating in program evaluation efforts
- Collaborating with shelter staff to design and implement targeted programming
Qualifications will Include:
- Interested candidates must have a graduate degree in a related field (social work, psychology, mental health counseling, art therapy, etc.);
- Licensed to practice in New York State;
- Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience is required in one or more of the following areas: group work, working with individuals impacted by trauma, working with diverse, at-risk families and/or children;
- Experience working within the child welfare/foster care or homeless system is highly desirable;
- Bi-lingual applicants are strongly preferred;
- Car & driver’s license required.
Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate an ability to work independently with minimal supervision, solid interpersonal skills and a creative approach to engaging resistant clients as well as a strong interest in working with vulnerable adults and children.
WIHD values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, pregnancy, any other characteristic protected by law.