For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Responsibilities: Assist in the provision of social work services to low-income children and families with the basic goal of enhancing their abilities to function independently. The Social Worker will provide head start mental health services as assigned. Participate in staffing by making observations of the child and obtaining and sharing relevant family background information.
Conduct intake screenings of new families and individual clients from Christopher House programs, in coordination with the Clinical Supervisor of SWS. Make observations and assessments of children and their families. Contribute to the development of the treatment plan(s) and by implementing the clinical portion of the plan. Provide individual, family and group therapy to children, adolescents and their families. Decide frequency, focus and duration of counseling on a case by case basis. Provide consultation to Teachers and to Christopher House staff members regarding specific children and specific treatment issues. Make home visits to clients when appropriate. Provide Head Start mental health consultation as assigned. Manage each case, with necessary documentation including outcome evaluation data and casework activity summaries.
Qualifications: Minimum of two years of experience in a social service agency providing individual and family therapy. Must be bilingual (English/Spanish) Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Master of Science in Counseling, and an LCSW or LCPC eligibility.