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Family Advocate
at Connecticut Renaissance
Bridgeport, CT

Family Advocate
at Connecticut Renaissance
Bridgeport, CT

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Connecticut Renaissance prides itself on being at the forefront of behavioral health since 1967. We have provided evidenced-based treatment for adults, adolescents, and families in outpatient and residential settings.

Connecticut Renaissance is all about providing the best possible service to people in need, so if you are a positive person that enjoys working with a team for the betterment of others, please join our new LYNC programs in Bridgeport, Stamford, New Haven, and Waterbury. 

L.Y.N.C. stands for Linking Youth to Natural Communities and is a center-based program for court-involved youth and their families. The program will focus on providing an array of evidenced-based and evidence-informed services with a strong focus on connecting youth and their families to appropriate community and grassroots agencies.

Our warm and inviting office environment promotes teamwork and innovation through competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include medical, vision, dental, prescription drug coverage, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, retirement plan, and short and long-term disability.

Summary:

  • The Family Advocate in the LYNC Program (Linking Youth to Natural Communities) will be the primary point of contact for youth and their families throughout the duration of the program. Delivering culturally and gender responsive, trauma-informed, strength-based services to assigned youth and their families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as point of contact for youth and families, service delivery in the program, and connections to the community.
  • Work with youth and families to mitigate barriers and increase the likelihood of youth and family success.
  • Engages and connects youth and families to services in LYNC and in the community.
  • Maintains compliance in documentation with agency and program standards.
  • Participates in staff meetings, supervision, and completes trainings timely. Participates in all required Quality Assurance activities.
  • Assigned to the youth and family through all three phases of the LYNC program.
  • Provides structured case management, works on goal development, addresses barriers develops and builds skill acquisition.
  • Works closely with the LYNC Service Specialist to connect youth and families to community services and/or group interventions.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:

Knowledge Of:

  • Case Management and community resources.
  • Electronic Healthcare Record systems.
  • General office software, particularly Microsoft Office Suite.

Ability To:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Manage priorities effectively to meet deadlines and demonstrate multi-tasking skills.
  • Assimilate new information and technology.
  • Must Speak Spanish or Creole 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Sociology, or Human Services or a minimum of three years experience working with the justice/system/agency involved youth.
  • Strong case management skills.
  • Effective engagement skills with motivational interviewing skills preferred.
  • Strong community connections and knowledge base of resources.
  • Demonstrated understanding of risks-needs-responsivity principles and risk reduction initiatives.

Other:

  • Must be dependable and reliable; detailed oriented; and able to interface easily with clients, staff, and referral sources.
  • Must be able to meet routine office physical demands including climbing stairs, carrying up to 20-pound objects and possess the dexterity and vision to operate office computers and equipment.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.
  • Must successfully complete the introductory probationary employment period.

This job description covers the most significant duties but does not exclude other assignments or related duties.

EOE/AAP

Job Type: Full-time

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