Parent Support Specialist



Responsibilities:  

The primary responsibility of the Parent Support Specialist will be to perform support and outreach activities to families and children who are accessing services in the broad system of care of Douglas County.  The purpose of this position is to provide an integrated, comprehensive system of care for children with severe emotional disorders and their families, utilizing an early intervention approach.  Some position activities will include working with both Bert Nash staff and staff from existing programs with the participating agencies. 

Some specific duties include:

  • Maintaining status as an integral member of the Access Center team and Child and Family clinical teams;
  • Identifying ways the system of care can be useful and supportive to families;
  • Identifying families who may benefit from system of care;
  • Providing support and referral information for families with children with severe emotional disturbance who may need support or services;
  • Strengthening the connection between the system of care teams and the families being served as well as assisting families in negotiating the system of care;
  • Consulting with appropriate Center staff on clinical issues and participating in supervision with clinical Team Leaders and/or the Child and Family Services Director;

Qualifications:

  • Parent with knowledge of the needs of the children and families accessing services in system of care; preference for parent raising or who has raised a child with severe emotional disturbance;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • High school diploma or equivalent; and, valid, unrestricted driver's license
  • Previous work or personal experience working with children particularly those with severe emotional disturbance.