Congreso is seeking a Part-time Youth Advocate responsible for providing trauma-informed domestic violence counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, case management and linkage to community resources to children and families who have witnessed/experienced domestic violence. This position will conduct an initial intake and provide on-going advocacy, case management and follow-up per service plan. Work will be conducted at Congreso’s main office, local schools, and domestic violence shelters and within the community.
The part-time Youth Advocate will also support the Family Safe Zone (FSZ) project in filling the role of Parent Engagement Specialist. The FSZ project has the goal of utilizing the pediatric health setting as a place to intervene in the prevention of child abuse/neglect. The Child Advocate will meet with parents at St. Christopher’s Hospital to help increase their ability to parent positively and prevent traumatic experiences for their child.
The Part-Time Youth Advocate will have internal contacts with the entire administrative staff and external contact with clients, community resources, and the community. This position has access to sensitive Congreso information and is expected to handle such information with integrity and professionalism. This position has regular contact with members of the community and is expected to represent Congreso in a professional manner.
The Part-time Youth Advocate will report directly to the Family Services Coordinator and participate in department activities as necessary. In the absence of the Family Services Coordinator the Child Advocate will be supervised by the Program Manager.
- Conduct trauma informed domestic violence counseling to a specific number of children who are witnesses of Domestic Violence as defined by the agency and funding source.
- Provide ongoing crisis intervention, advocacy and resources.
- Conduct an initial client intake, which includes: an agreement to services, a needs assessment, psychosocial evaluation, and the development of a service and safety plan.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date client files and documentation.
- Conduct client follow-up as specified in the client service plans and as needed by child.
- Assist with coverage of the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, as scheduled by the Youth Services Coordinator.
- Comply with all client confidentiality regulations as specified by agency, funding source, local, state and federal regulations
- Assist in handling client crisis and emergency situations, and promptly report all incidents involving clients to the program coordinator.
- Regularly attend and actively participate in staff meetings, staff training sessions, case reviews, etc.
- Submit monthly programmatic narrative and statistical reports to the program coordinator/counselor.
- Participate in systems wide advocacy efforts and activities as assigned.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with local school counselors for the purpose of increasing client referrals.
- Provide off-site counseling to children who are witnesses of domestic violence at local Elementary and High Schools, partner domestic violence agencies, community centers, at home of housing clients and domestic violence shelters.
- Conduct a Support Group for Children and Adolescents.
- Work with non-offending parents to provide individual and group trauma informed, parenting after violence education and coaching. Work with the whole family around parenting after violence based on safety assessment as appropriate.
- As FSZ parenting engagement specialist, provide trauma informed, psychoeducational services for parents, providers, and family members who are identified as interested and in need of information on the effects of toxic stress on parenting in the Ambulatory Pediatrics clinic of SCHC-PA.
- Provide a limited amount of trainings of St. Christopher’s health care providers and social workers using the information in the PwP Toolkit, which presents the most recent findings about the connection between early brain development, corporal punishment, and family violence, and teaches these professionals how to assess and intervene.
- Work in St. Christopher’s Ambulatory Pediatrics in a clinical capacity assisting parents and health care staff through providing brief interventions on positive parenting strategies and other appropriate referrals based on the need for family supports.
- Support between 5-10 first year residents at St. Christopher’s, who will serve as Resident Champions for the project, in their preparation of short talks for their clinic teams about child abuse prevention and encouraging intervention.
- Refer parents to the Filial Parenting Training at CCTC and encourage participation in the parenting group.
Experience, Education, and Licensure
Minimum Experience: 1-3 years work experience in child counseling and advocacy. Some experience facilitating groups.
Minimum Education: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in counseling, psychology, social work or related field of study. Suitable combination of education and two to three years direct counseling experience in related field may be considered in lieu of Bachelor’s degree requirement.
40+hours domestic violence training certificate from an approved PCADV training program.
Congreso is a multi-service nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, education, and health services; leadership development and advocacy. Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, Congreso has grown into a national thought leader on nonprofit performance management with an expert focus on the Latino community. Congreso is anchored by its innovative Primary Client Model (PCM™), and provides direct services to residents of the Philadelphia region while providing consult to other nonprofits and government systems nationally.
A Career with Congreso: Your talent and passion + our mission = outcomes
Come grow our reputation. Employees come to Congreso because they hear the positive things our clients, employees, and supporters say about us. Congreso has served the neighborhoods of eastern North Philadelphia since 1977. We have built our reputation on trust and high-quality human service delivery. And now our expertise in client-centered, outcomes-informed service delivery is extending our reputation beyond local borders to regional and national renown.
Come serve the community. Employees come to Congreso because of their passion to work directly with members of a vibrant and diverse community towards greater self-sufficiency. We have grassroots in Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community and a commitment to strengthen all who live in the communities we serve. Our campus is located in the heart of the Eastern North Philadelphia neighborhoods we serve and includes a charter school that houses college courses at night.
Come celebrate culture. Employees come to Congreso because of the diversity of our employees, clients, and community we serve. We seek to serve all clients through practices that show inclusion, empathy and understanding regardless of cultural identities.
Come be part of our “familia.” Employees come to Congreso for a working culture that reflects our family-centered service approach and our commitment to balance work and family. Our “mi casa es su casa” welcome extends to employees and all who seek services from us. Our employees value the feeling of being “like family” and the close and supportive relationships they have with co-workers.
Come grow professionally. Employees come to Congreso to gain experience, learn new skills, and grow professionally. Our Primary Client Model™ provides employees with continuous education and professional development in client-centered, data-informed, and culturally appreciative service delivery. We recognize supervisors as leaders and an essential link between retention and service quality. All supervisors engage in regular professional development and organizational strategy conversations with Congreso’s President/CEO. Congreso has a reputation for leadership development, with many former employees now in leadership positions at the local, regional and national level.
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