Primary Caregiver
The Children's Home - Tampa, FL

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Responsible work providing for the daily care, safety and welfare for an assigned primary family of 3 to 4 clients providing for the health, and security of clients in the residential program. Provides and documents Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS) to clients with direction from the Individual/Family Therapist. Participates in organization’s performance and quality improvement efforts.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Works within the framework of the Primary Model, philosophy, function and Personnel Practices of The Children's Home, Inc.

2. Implements the Primary caregiver Model to facilitate therapeutic relationships for assigned clients in group and individual settings. Serves as a surrogate parent/ advocate for the clients residing in the respective primary family and cottage program. Provides interactive supervision and monitoring of clients at all times to insure the best care, welfare, safety, health, and security. Establish a positive and productive relationship with clients within the framework of the Primary Caregiver Model.

3. Facilitate and implement milieu services to teach clients, goal setting, problem resolution, educational activities, social skills development, employability skills, anger management, crisis management, group, independent living skills, life space interviews, home visit evaluation and one to one supervision.

4. Works collaboratively with SEARCH Services Department to effectively implement transition plans to prepare clients from transition into adoption, foster placement or reunification placement works to effectively transition clients from one cottage environment to another as necessary.

5. Responsible for working collaboratively with clients and family in the milieu, assisting in mentoring and working with families that are in transition to adoptive, foster and/ or reunification placements.

6. Facilitate and implement an effective educational plan for assigned clients, to promote academic enrichment and educational skill development (e.g. ensuring tutorial services are provided as needed, developing an individualized reading program, etc.) Assist clients with home work, school projects, monitor point sheets and overall academic progress of clients.

7. Responsible for working within the established cottage program, inclusive of routines and adhering to a consistent Daily Living Program. Role model expectations by assisting clients with performing daily routines/ chores and thorough up keep of living quarters (rooms) and the milieu.

8. Perform environmental rounds every 15 minutes or more frequently as needed; inclusive of all clients and both hallways in order to provide accountability and safety for clients. Report and document all abnormal or suspicious situations via the information report.

9. Responsible for meeting the physical needs of clients, fostering healthy hygiene and good living habits within the primary family. Responsible for maintaining monthly clothing inventory for clients within primary family, and for ensuring that clients are adequately dressed for the environmental conditions.

10. Prepare food in accordance with established menu, and serve food to clients as scheduled, and encourage opportunities for staff and clients to engage in family style dining, mentoring around table etiquette and appropriate skill development. Perform the required documentation via the meal count accountability log.

11. Follow agency policy guidelines for financial transactions of allowances, clothing and supply purchases as assigned.

12. Prepare and present psychiatric and treatment plan reviews within a psychodynamic framework. Develop cottage goals and related plans as needed in accordance with the Individual Treatment Plan. Is accountable for supervising and monitoring residents to insure the safety, health, and security of those residents.

13. Follows agency and professional standards regarding mandated reporting laws. Follows agency policy and procedures for reporting critical incidents and runaways.

14. Identifies and integrates the client’s cultural, ethnic, and religious values into the treatment process. Manages the behavior of clients therapeutically, and via the individual treatment plan. Integrates the clients’ history and all corroborating information into the milieu treatment process.

15. Responsible for operating within program guidelines with respect to discipline, Behavior Management, verbal de-escalation techniques and non-violent physical crisis intervention techniques. Demonstrates knowledge and practice of agency policy and procedures for restraint- Non-Abusive Psychological & Physical Intervention (NAPPI) or other methods as approved by Agency.

16. Coordinates at least one monthly conference meeting with the individual Therapist and Family Worker for all clients in primary family. Maintain ongoing communication to keep abreast of treatment issues, implication and progress.

17. Responsible for presenting all psychiatric review summaries to the cottage team during the cottage team meeting prior to the schedule psychiatric and/ or TPR, so as to include their observations and input on clients. Provide writing psychiatric consultation summaries to Team Leader for review prior to Treatment Plan Review Conference.

18. Responsible for integrating the psychiatric and/ or TPR recommendations and/ or special staffing into the client’s individualized goals and plans. Attends and participates in Intakes, Treatment Plan Reviews and Psychiatrics. Responsible for developing goals, objectives and strategies for each child. Responsible for working collaboratively with individual Therapist, Team leader and clients in developing an Individualized Treatment Plan for clients in primary family.

19. Adhere to all daily cottage cleanliness programs and ensure that agency health and safety standards are consistently meet, including but not limited to, nightly cleaning/ sanitation of common area floors, cleaning / organizing the pack room and cottage janitorial supplies cabinet. Maintain a safe, clean, homelike environment to include housekeeping and meal preparation.

20. Actively participate in the planning and implementation of therapeutic, community based, recreational, social, spiritual and education activity opportunities as provided to assigned (i.e., sports runs, family night, cottage activities). Work collaboratively with recreation workers and Individual Therapist in assessing clients eligibility for community based activity involvement.

21. Responsible for working collaboratively with the recreational department to identify appropriate activity programs, to increase clients exposure to community activities. Responsible to coordinating initial meetings with coaches, mentors, teachers and community leaders to ascertain the progress of clients involved, and maintain health communication/ relations thereafter.

22. Coordinate and plan individual family activities and cottage group activities (i.e., ensuring that the van log request form is completed and turned in timely fashion) and be responsible for making appropriate transportation arrangements for clients, too and from said activities. Recognize and promote special events (e.g. birthdays, holidays).

23. Plan and implement activities for assigned clients and the cottage. Communicate all scheduled cottage plans, departures / returns to campus to the campus supervisor prior to leaving the campus and immediately upon return. Communicate all campus visitation, (mentors, tutors, HKI Workers, parents/ guardians, etc.) to the campus supervisor if prescheduled, and/or immediately upon arrival.

24. Perform weekly Family Meetings with clients in primary family, and prepare at least one (1) family meeting group note per month in accord with agency outline.

25. Responsible for meeting with the teachers for all clients in primary family at least one conference per month, and submit the teacher conference summary documentation. Participate in all scheduled conference nights for clients in primary family.

26. Dispense and document all medications given to clients, and medication deficiencies in accord with established agency procedures. Coordinate with medical personnel to ensure the physical/ health needs of the child.

27. Serve as a role model to Primary Support Workers within the respective cottage program. Provides leadership, direction, mentoring and OJT to staff within the cottage program.

28. Coordinate the successful integration of recreation therapy with in each child’s treatment plan. Ensure Primary Caregiver and Primary Support Workers integrates the clients’ history and all recommendations information into the milieu treatment process.

29. Responsible for attending and actively participating in weekly cottage team meetings, and assisting in recording meeting minutes in accord with established format.

30. Foster and maintain a positive and productive relationship with al clients and the cottage team. Maintains an effective working relationship with team members, school personnel and clinicians. Acts as liaison between program and sponsor/auxiliary/volunteer groups as assigned.

31. Maintains documentation within guidelines for information reports, critical incidents reports, and daily shift accountability, medical administration records, and communication, pass-On and HKI Log entries, meal count sheets, Medicaid BHOS, COA, CPI, and DCF.

32. Adhere to agency policy and procedures around confidentiality and use of office space and equipment; adhere to strategic cottage plan for maintaining security and confidentiality of all office space, equipment and documentation.

33. Participates actively in individual and group supervision as required.

34. Attend specialized training (40 hours annually) and staff/treatment team meetings as scheduled.

35. Performs other duties as assigned.

***THESE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A COMPLETE STATEMENT OF ALL DUTIES PERFORMED. EMPLOYEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM OTHER JOB RELATED MARGINAL DUTIES AS REQUIRED***

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Services or related field with a minimum of two years experience working directly with children. Experience working in a residential setting or with traumatized children highly preferred. Experience may be substituted for education requirements at the rate of 2 years directly-related experience for 1 year of education.

Licenses & Certifications:
• Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license with no record of criminal driving offense of license suspension.
• Must possess means of providing job related transportation and show proof of required insurance. Must be insurable under CHI’s current auto insurance policy.
• Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
• Must successfully complete and maintain FDLE clearance, Federal background and state criminal background check and sexual predator screening.
• Maintain NAPPI, CPR, and First Aid Certification

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Ability to establish effective working relationships with residents, co-workers, supervisors and other individuals. Possess effective interpersonal skills.
• Knowledge of agency's organizational structure, standard operating procedures, and policies. Knowledge of Department of Children and Families rules and regulations regarding the care of clients. Knowledge of child abuse or neglect reporting procedures and methods.
• Ability to drive a commercial van. Agency insurance company must approve as insurable.
• Computer literate, with ability to operate basic computer software applications

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
• Ability to perform physical restraints using the NAPPI method.
• Ability to participate in physical activities with clients (weighing 107 pounds on average) that may include bending, stooping and moderate lifting.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
• Treatment center environment with outdoor activities. Possible exposure to verbal and physical threats. Possible exposure to communicable disease.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Supervision is received through group, team and individual meetings as determined by manager.

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We make a strong commitment to find a "forever" family for the children in our care. Our S.E.A.R.C.H. (So Every Available Ready...