Alberta Health Services Home Visitation Adv (CHI) Full Time in Lethbridge, AB

Alberta Health Services

Branch Lethbridge AB CA

Home Visitation Adv (CHI)
Lethbridge, AB

Home Visitation Advocate – First Steps (PCAP) Program Under supervision of the Family Health Home Visitation Program (FHHVP) Supervisor and Manager (Public

Home Visitation Advocate – First Steps (PCAP) Program

Under supervision of the Family Health Home Visitation Program (FHHVP) Supervisor and Manager (Public Health), the Home Visitation Advocate (HVA) is responsible for providing direct outreach, home visitation case management, and advocacy services to participant women who are pregnant or up to six months post-partum, and who are using/have used alcohol and/or drugs during pregnancy, and to their families, as appropriate.

HVA’s work collaboratively with other home visitation staff, public health nurses, physicians, social workers, addiction counsellors, FAS/FAE specialists, infant preschool development staff, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, law enforcement, Child and Family Services, Legal Counsel, Parents as Teachers, FASD Network, Family Center, Food bank, cultural resources and other agencies as appropriate for the completion of assigned duties and responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Family Support and Case Management:
– Manage a caseload of families.
– Provide outreach services to engage and connect referred women with the community services and resources that will help meet their needs and goals.
– Establish and maintain a trusting, supportive relationship with families by providing regular home visits/appointments and other means of communication i.e. telephone.
– Conduct home visits as regularly as possible with participants.
– Utilize a strength based and solution focused approach, assist families in developing personal and family goals via the Needs Assessment and Family Service Plan.
– Administer assessments with participants that deal with highly sensitive and confidential information according to agency policy.
– Provide information, support and service coordination to families, as per needs and goals are identified.
– Provide service coordination to program participants, as required. Maintain regular contact with program participants networks of service providers.
– Provide outreach services to locate missing program participants and engage them with the program.
– At the request of families, advocate with them or on their behalf.
– Maintain current knowledge of approved, research based information on pre and post natal information, child development, health, injury prevention, addiction and mental health, safety, nutrition, abuse, and other issues that impact families functioning.
– Provide researched based knowledge of prenatal health, parent-child interaction, child development, mental health and addiction, childhood attachment, the dynamics of child abuse/neglect, and other related information, to teach positive parenting and promote independence and a healthy environment for the family.
– Assist family members in accessing community resources as requested.
– Complete developmental assessments on children as per policy.
– Maintain family files as per policy. Document conversations, observations and related activities of family in a complete, concise, and timely manner, as per agency policy.
– Identify existing gaps in services and notify Supervisor.
– Coordinate, facilitate and participate in parent/child groups, as assigned by the Supervisor/Program Manager.
– Utilize a variety of resources to educate families i.e. curriculum, videos, books, toys, etc.

Community Representation:
– Act as a representative for the Family Health Home Visitation Programs on committees and at community activities, as requested and approved by the Supervisor.
– Promote awareness of the needs and challenges of families and children who reside in this region.
– Participate in program promotion activities.
– Provide information about Family Health Home Visitation Programs to the community, as requested.

Administrative duties:
– Complete and provide monthly statistics/reports as requested by the Supervisor/Program Manager and/pr designated staff.
– Enter data into Meditech and other required data network.
– Keep information on database up to date and factual.
– Participate in program evaluation activities, i.e. annual program evaluation, satisfaction surveys, etc.
– Participate in the annual strategic planning process.
– Participate in regular supervision with the Supervisor/Program Manager, including team meetings.
– Offer input into program and policy development.
– Notify Program Manager/Supervisor of all safety hazards observed.
– Help maintain offices and building i.e. clean office, organize supplies, etc.
– Assist Supervisor with the orientation of new staff, practicum students i.e. take new staff on shadow visits with families.


– Degree or Diploma and related experience in a related Human Service Field (e.g. Social Work, Addictions Counselling, etc.).
– Strong interpersonal communication, organization and administrative skills.
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
– Experience working with computers, email and Internet.
– Experience in family support practice and/or home visitation programming.
– Experience with issues related to prenatal substance abuse.
– Experience working with addictions, mental health and/or family violence.
– Demonstrated ability to conduct interviews with individuals covering extremely sensitive and confidential issues.
– Acceptable Child Intervention Records Check.
– Acceptable driving record verified by a Driver’s Abstract and a valid driver’s license are required.

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Lethbridge, AB, CA
Posted on: 2016-09-22
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