Parent Partner / Peer Partner Positions

New Alternatives Inc.
October 11, 2021
Aero Drive, San Diego, CA
Job Type
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Zenia Palmeno-Serrano
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New Alternatives, Inc., Polinsky Children’s Center is looking for positive, motivated and compassionate individuals to work with and advocate for the residents of Polinsky Children’s Center.

Polinsky Children’s Center (PCC) is a 24-hour facility for the temporary emergency shelter of children who have been placed in protective custody for their own safety due to abuse or neglect or their parents' inability to provide for them. Many of our clients have experienced complex trauma and have had several failed placements when arriving at PCC. New Alternatives provides therapeutic support for clients age 3 to a day before their 18th birthday. Our skilled professionals work collaboratively with complex multi-disciplinary teams to provide evidence-based interventions from a trauma-informed lens.

Basic Duties Include:

  • Building therapeutic relationships with the students in order to encourage healing of past relationship traumas and the development of healthy boundaries.
  • Assist in shaping client behavior through positive reinforcement and teaching replacement behaviors, skills training, and interventions for their mental health symptoms.
  • Work with clients and care-givers to encourage self-advocacy and empowerment.
  • Document rehab services and follow Medi-cal billing requirements and timelines.
  • Plan, organize, and run mental health groups.
  • Remain available to assist with crisis assessment and intervention, as needed.
  • Assist in outreach efforts as requested by Program Director Based on clinician's assessment of need with you and family, Parent/Peer Partner will work with biological, kinship or adoptive family and help develop discharge plans and referrals, as appropriate.
  • Participate in supervision, team meetings, CFTs, and case consultation.
  • Participate in trainings, exhibit competency and utilize evidence based & promising practices, as deemed appropriate

Ability to demonstrate:

·      Strong case management capabilities

·      Family Systems and Cultural competency

·      Effective crisis intervention and critical response skills

·      Strong Organizational, Communication, and Independent Skills

Required Minimum Experience: This position requires that the applicant have personal life experience either as participant/recipient of or care-giver of one who has utilized public social services. Applicants with prior experience as a foster parent or foster child are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Preferred Experience / Qualifications in applicants:

One to two-years experience working with children or youth in foster care or out-of-home placement preferred. Bilingual/Bicultural Strongly preferred. Spanish Speaker Strongly Preferred

Full Time Benefits: Excellent medical and dental benefits Vacation, Sick Time 403B Plan Family Fit Program through LA Fitness

Pay between $15-17 an hour

Hours:  Monday-Friday: 10:30am-7:00pm

We are taking precautions due to COVID-19 and all our efforts will be thoroughly explained in the initial job interview.

To apply, please email resume to email address above.

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