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Family Ally for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Supervisor: Supervisor – Children's Services

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 32 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

University Settlement's Community Based Children and Family Treatment and Support Services provides flexible, trauma-informed and culturally competent services to children and families where they need them. Through a continuum of supports and services The Settlement works individually with children and families to develop plans that build on their strengths, supports independence and ensures that children function optimally in their homes, their schools and in the community. Community Based Child and Family Services provide psychoeducation, mental health counseling and support, skill building and coping strategies that enables children to gain mastery over challenges and flourish developmentally.


  • Through home and community based visits with children and their families, and inline with a Treatment Plan, support the development and integration of social and interpersonal skills in daily living
  • Provide "hands-on" and task oriented support to promote a child's ability to function optimally in the community and to promote personal independence
  • Promote and improve self-management skills and strategies for children impacted by psychiatric, emotional, physical health, developmental milestones and/or substance; including supporting the avoidance or managing of triggers
  • Promote the ability of children to develop mutual and natural supports in the community that will support them in remaining in the community, school, home etc. and lead to optimum independence and functionality
  • Coach and teach developmentally appropriate communication and socialization skills
  • Track progress on treatment goals through the use of evidence-based screening tools
  • Document all visits and meetings with clients in electronic health record in accordance with mandated documentation time frames
  • Work collaboratively with care coordinators and other providers working with a child and/or family
  • Attend weekly supervision sessions with Supervisor and periodic staff and training meetings


  • Minimum 18 years old; High School Diploma/High School Equivalency with minimum of 3 years' experience in children's mental health, addiction and/or foster care
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development and child serving systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and engage hard-to-reach populations as well as families and youth impacted by trauma, poverty, complex stressors, violence, mental health, etc.
  • Experience providing community and home-based services from a culturally competent and trauma-informed approach
  • Excellent verbal, written and technology skills required
  • Ability to be a proactive and creative team player is a must
  • Strong organization and time management skills is a must
  • Proven track record of effectively working autonomously is a must
  • Comfortable traveling to and working in families' homes and communities
  • Specialized experience with young children (0 - 5 years); or domestic violence or adolescents favorable
  • Bilingual English / Spanish/Cantonese helpful

Hours: Part time- up to 30 hours per week (can include weekend and early evening hours)

Hourly Rate: $20 - $25 per hour


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