Teen Pregnancy Prevention Specialist implements the services as described in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, including pre-program and post-program assessments and program delivery. Helps to promote cooperation with all participating organizations, leads advisory committees and/or participates in community coalition meetings, and helps to identify and resolve issues as they arise. Prevention Specialist implements evidence-based curriculum in residential facilities throughout Central and Southern Illinois and other duties as outlined in the program plan.
This is a full-time position located in Fairview Heights, IL.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides education and activities for youth and parents, consistent with CARE principles.
- Works with the Director of Community Support Services to identify appropriate evidence-based curricula and assessment tools. Reviews selected curricula in order to prepare for implementation.
- Delivers the selected TPP curricula as described by the program model; identifies service delivery issues and makes recommendations about strategies to resolve delivery problems.
- Coordinates curriculum implementation scheduling and training for each program site.
- Identifies and secures potential program sites as directed by the Director of Community Support Services.
- Maintains communication with front-line staff in each program site in order to learn of concerns or issues that have arisen. Keeps the site coordinator informed of these issues and makes recommendations about resolution.
- Maintains written records of each pre/post-session assessment and program session as directed by the Director of Community Support Services.
- Leads Advisory Committee and/or participants in community coalition meetings.
- Delivers positive youth development activities as needed in accordance with the program delivery plan and consistent with CARE Principles.
- Must be certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and capable of performing crisis prevention and de-escalation techniques as well as therapeutic holds with fidelity to the TCI model.Required to conduct TCI methods as required
- Will actively seek to prevent behavioral crises, de-escalate crises as they occur, and generally respond to crises in accordance with TCI guidelines.
- Input required data into the Prevention HUB as identified by the Department of Human Services
- Other duties as assigned
The Prevention Specialist functions as a role model for youth and is expected to implement the CARE practice model and TCI behavior intervention techniques with fidelity and exhibit positive standards of conduct. The Prevention Specialist will be punctual, responsible, and supportive of the program; attend the required amount of training modules as required by the agency and grant funder, and attend meetings as required. Responsible for program implementation and fulfilling the grant expectations. Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor's Degree, or Mental Health Professional (MHP) status
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Preference will be given to individuals who have worked directly with adolescents for 2+ years.
- Must possess and retain a valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
- The personal characteristics and experiential background that enables the Prevention Specialist to provide appropriate care for children, develop positive, therapeutic relationships with them, guide them in their development, implement evidence-based curricula effectively, and actively engage the community in Teen Pregnancy Prevention efforts.
- Ability to receive a DCFS/CANTS Clearance.
CARE & TCI
One of the essential job functions of any position within the agency is to align your performance with our overarching philosophy of CARE. All decisions, actions, communication, and performance should align with the six CARE principles (Developmentally Focused, Family Involved, Relationship-Based, Ecologically Oriented, Competence Centered, and Trauma-Informed). Not only must you complete the CARE training with satisfactory participation, but you must then put that training into practice in your everyday work.
Every employee must also pass TCI training with a satisfactory grade in written and/or physical testing. All employees must remain current on refresher training that is provided monthly at all locations. You will be tested every 6 months on the physical portion, if applicable to your position. You will be tested annually on the written portion regardless of your position. If you are not current on your TCI refresher training every six months, you will be required to retake the full course. If you do not pass either test, you may be required to retake the full course. Not only must you complete the TCI training with satisfactory participation, but you must then put that training into practice in your everyday work.