Child Parent Specialist , Health Federation of Philadelphia

Posted Date: 
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 9:30am
Expiration Date: 
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 9:30am
Job Summary: 

Department:                                      Children, Youth and Families Division

Program:                                             Regional Partnership to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse

Reports To:                                         Clinical Manager

FLSA Status:                                       Exempt

Status:                                                 Full-Time, 34 months

Supervises:                                        N/A


The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) has been awarded a three-year Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) from the Children’s Bureau to lead a cross-sector collaboration in Philadelphia and Bucks counties.  The collaborating departments include child welfare, behavioral health, and dependency courts as well as four substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs serving women with children.  The primary objective of this project is to improve child well-being, permanency and safety, and reduce the risk for involvement in the child welfare system for children pre-birth to five who are affected by parental SUDS.

Building on critical systems and clinical lessons learned from implementation and evaluation of an RPG 2 grant, HFP will align with SUD treatment programs and focus on building maternal capacity for reflective functioning. This will be accomplished by testing the efficacy of fully integrating, through staff co-location, Mothering from the Inside Out (MIO), an evidence-based model that has successfully helped mothers in SUD treatment develop capacity for reflective functioning, along with Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a dyadic and relationship-based treatment model, with an array of types of SUD treatment programs that serve women and children in two counties.  Additionally, the project will work to increase comprehensive family treatment opportunities, enrollment and retention in SUD treatment programs, and improve overall system of services for young children affected by parental SUDs.  This will be accomplished by strengthening existing partnerships and interagency collaboration, and closing the gap between promising collaborative processes that exist and barriers that impede their full execution.


This is a full-time, grant funded 34-month position working with the Health Federation of Philadelphia Regional Partnership Grant. The CPP Specialist will be responsible for recruiting participants, providing all assessments, intervention, and referral services to eligible families.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Responsible for recruiting eligible participants and providing the Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) intervention to an ongoing caseload of 12-15 families
  • Responsible for building relationships with and providing full psycho-social trauma informed assessment to participants
  • Develop goal-directed service plans; keep appropriate documentation including progress notes and maintenance of participants’ clinical charts
  • Provide CPP to families in SUD treatment programs for women and children and/or in their homes in Philadelphia and Bucks counties
  • Provide follow-up to re-engage participants who fail to appear for appointments or drop out of treatment
  • Assist with coordination of all baseline and follow-up assessments necessary for compliance
  • Prepare and provide supervisor with all required statistical and narrative reports in a timely manner
  • Comply with all data collection and report submission deadlines required by funder
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with all team members and partners to ensure family’s needs are being met
  • Collaborate with other institutions where families are referred for trauma related issues
  • Participate in weekly individual and group reflective supervision with the Clinical Manager
  • Attend case consultation meetings and staff meetings as scheduled by SUD treatment programs
  • Participate in in-service training and other appropriate training and educational programs
  • Represent organization at meetings, coalitions, local and national conferences, etc. as needed to sustain the ongoing work of The Young Child Parent Project
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 3 years of experience providing therapy to  high risk children birth through 5 and their families impacted by substance use disorders (SUDs)
  • Knowledgeable about trauma and violence exposure and their impact on inner city communities, agencies, families, and individuals
  • Knowledge about and skills in providing trauma informed services
  • Knowledge of public child welfare and behavioral health systems 
  • Experience providing home-based services
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to interface effectively at all levels
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team as well as independently
  • Possess qualities of flexibility, collaborative leadership, diplomacy, creativity and accountability
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle crisis situations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English
  • Previous Child-Parent Psychotherapy training through an NCTSN Learning Collaborative Model
  • Experience working with SUD treatment providers


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related field
  • Must have valid license to practice in field of study in Pennsylvania
  • LCSW preferred

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment plus travel to meetings and home visits in Philadelphia and Bucks counties by car and/or public transportation.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time, 34 months position, 7.5 hours per day.  Evenings and weekends will be required; schedule is set with supervisor.


Local travel to multiple sites in Philadelphia and Bucks counties, home visits and community meetings on a daily basis.

Physical Demands:

Ability to transport materials, routinely moves equipment or supplies weighing up to 30 lbs.

Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and travel to main office, community sites and/or participants’ homes via car or public transportation. Possible exposure to contagious diseases. Flexible schedule to include evenings and weekend hours and travel to local evaluator’s site for training.

Salary and Benefits:

Approximate annual starting salary of $60,000.

Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 


The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.