Dedicated, knowledgeable staff are the heart of every great organization. Child First, Inc. is a rapidly growing non-profit with high energy professionals focused on providing services of the very highest quality. Our staff is committed to transforming the lives of those we serve - very young, vulnerable children and their families. Come join a team of motivated and creative individuals working together to make a difference.
National Program Office
For all positions at the Child First National Program Office, interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to, HR@childfirst.org.
Child First National Program Office
Child First Training Director
Child First National Program Office Fairfield County, CT
Reports to: Child First National Clinical Officer Job Classification: Full Time Exempt
Summary of Position
Child First, Inc. National Program Office seeks a full time, highly motivated, creative, and experienced early childhood mental health trainer, clinician, and reflective supervisor to join the Child First Clinical Leadership Team as Child First Training Director. She/he will lead the Training Department, report to the National Clinical Officer, and work closely with the CEO & Founder, State Clinical Directors, and Director of Quality Enhancement to ensure fidelity to the Child First model and optimal outcomes for families. The Training Director is responsible for oversight, development, and provision of all Child First training activities, including Child First Learning Collaboratives, Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaboratives, on-line Distance Learning, specialty trainings, and new staff training. A professional who is a CPP Trainer or has experience with delivery of on-line training would be an asset.
Child First is an innovative, two-generation, psychotherapeutic, home-based intervention that works with very vulnerable young children (prenatal to age six years) and their families to decrease the incidence of serious mental health problems, developmental and learning disabilities, and abuse and neglect. Child First has been designated by HHS as one of the 16 national, evidence-based, home visiting models under the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative (MIECHV).
Most Child First families have experienced multiple challenges, including poverty, trauma, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, depression, substance use, and homelessness. Children are usually suffering from emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental problems.
Child First uses a two-pronged, team-based, approach utilizing the most current research on the impact of adverse childhood experiences or “toxic stress” on the developing brain:
- A psychotherapeutic, two-generation intervention promotes a safe, nurturing, secure, parent-child relationship and buffers the developing brain from damage. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), developed by Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D. and Patricia Van Horn, Ph.D., is the core of our psychodynamic approach. This is provided by our licensed Mental Health Clinician. Facilitation of executive functioning in both parent and child augments this intervention.
- Care coordination, within an early childhood system of care with strong community collaboration, stabilizes and strengthens families by connecting them to comprehensive, community-based, family- driven services and supports. This directly decreases the damaging effects of toxic stress. This is provided by our Care Coordinator.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Supervise, review, and further develop the blended Child First learning curriculum, including the Child First on-site Learning Collaborative, Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative, and Distance Learning (both online and videoconferencing).
- Enhance and revise the Child First learning curriculum in collaboration with necessary members of the team at NPO.
- Provide training presentations and activities for new Child First staff through the Child First Learning Collaborative, CPP Learning Collaborative (if a CPP trainer), and Distance Learning.
- Oversee and develop new Distance Learning modules (content and design presentation)
- Review and evaluate training feedback and revise training curriculum as appropriate.
- Actively participate in identifying training needs of staff, planning and revising training curriculum and materials, and implementing Child First trainings, in partnership with the Training Department staff, State Clinical Directors, and Director of Quality Enhancement.
- Recruit expert clinical faculty for enhancement of Learning Collaborative Sessions and Distance
Learning (specific on-line modules)
Work collaboratively with the National Clinical Officer and Training Department personnel to operationalize systems for training procedures for national replication of Child First
- Support the National Clinical Officer in day-to-day clinical and programmatic consultation with State Clinical Directors.
- Assist in the development and revision of Child First Training Manual, Toolkit, and other procedural manuals and policies
- Closely collaborate with all members of Child First Clinical Leadership Team around issues of delivery and support of the Child First model, as national replication continues.
- Lead Training Team in the planning and execution of the Child First Annual Conference.
- Support all aspects of model fidelity, including implementation of CPP and the Abecedarian approach
- Lead in management and implementation of Staff Accelerated Training
- Lead the training team in managing logistical aspects of all trainings, including organization of venues, calendars, dissemination of materials, and catering
- Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Child First.
- Ability to travel as needed
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to, HR@childfirst.org.
Employment Opportunities at Child First Affiliate Agencies
Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut in Meriden, CT
Summary: The Child Guidance Clinic is searching for a dynamic Clinician to provide intensive home-based services to children and families in the Child First Program. The children served range in age from prenatal to six years old. Services provided include attachment-based dyadic therapy, parenting skills training, crisis support, extensive case management, and advocacy. Child First operates from a team approach and consists of a Clinician and Care Coordinator, both of whom participate in sessions and provide treatment to families. The Clinician participates in weekly reflective individual, team and group supervision and is responsible for maintaining clinical documentation according to licensing, accreditation and Child First requirements. Services provided are in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), schools, pediatricians, and other community-based providers. Interested candidates should e-mail resume to email@example.com or contact Leeora Netter, Clinical Director, at (203)235-5767 x. 3045 for more information.
The Village for Families and Children, Hartford, CT
Summary: The Village is in search of a dynamic bilingual Clinician to provide intensive home-based services to children and families participating in Child First. The children served range in age from prenatal to six years old. Services provided include attachment-based therapy, parenting skills training, crisis support, extensive case management, and advocacy. Child First operates from a team approach and consists of a Clinician and Family Support Specialist, both of whom participate in sessions and treatment meetings. The Clinician is responsible for reflective group supervision weekly and maintaining clinical documentation according to licensing, accreditation, Medicaid, and Child First requirements. Services provided are in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), schools, pediatricians, and other community based providers. For more information, visit The Village website, here.
Child First/ Kids First, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Mental Health Developmental Clinician
Family Resource Partner
Summary: Kids First is in search of two dynamic individuals to fill the positions of a Mental Health Developmental Clinician and a Family Resource Partner.
The Child First Mental Health and Developmental Clinician works with the Family Resource Partner to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention, with the primary focus of strengthening the caregiver-child relationship, so that it serves both as a protective buffer to unavoidable stress and directly facilitates the child's emotional, language, and cognitive growth. The Clinician uses trauma-informed CPP, a relationship-based, dyadic, parent-child treatment model, which focuses on the primary attachment relationships of the young child.
The Family Resource Partner collaborates with the Clinician in the crucial role of stabilizing the entire family system, while the Clinician provides psychotherapeutic caregiver-child intervention to facilitate and enhance this critical relationship. For more information on both positions, refer to the job descriptions below.
Interested candidates should contact, Rhonda Morris, at 252-338-5658.
Child First/Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
Child First Therapist
Summary: Child First is seeking to fill the position of a full time therapist in Greenville, North Carolina. The selected candidate will engage with children and families in their homes for the duration of treatment/therapy. In addition, s/he will provide Child First home-based psychotherapeutic intervention with young children and their caregivers using relational, dyadic psychotherapy (CPP) and other modalities. See the attached job description for more details.
ChildFirst Clinician Easter Seals UCP North Carolina.pdf