Spirit Parent Partner

    Join us in protecting the most important relationship in the world! Everyday CALM’s dedicated and talented staff make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout Santa Barbara County.

    CALM is seeking a Parent Partner for the SPIRIT Program, a wraparound treatment program with a Facilitator, Parent Partner and Child and Family Specialist. This team collaborates and works together to assist children and their families to meet the client’s mental health goals. The ideal candidate been directly affected by services with their child and has managed to navigate within the system. You are a team player with a positive, collaborative approach.


    • Provide individualized, peer to peer support to parents. Meet with the family regularly and consistently in order to encourage and support an understanding of their vision for the future.
    • Work with the parent to develop plans/strategies of how the Parent Partner can support the parent during meetings to ensure the parent’s culture, beliefs, experience, voice and choice are heard by the team and are incorporated into the Child and Family Team Plan or Plan of Care.
    • Attend and participate in all Child and Family Team meetings.
    • Support, respond, and/or implement proactive responses to families in crisis
    • Connect the family with identified community resources Actively participate with the family and other team members in the development of the initial Child and Family Team Plan or Plan of Care.
    • Ensure that the family’s culture, beliefs, voice and choice is reflected in the final Child and Family Team Plan or Plan of Care.

    A major qualification for the Parent Partner is that they have lived the experience, managed to navigate the system, and been directly affected by services with their child. This might be a biological or adoptive, parent, a kin parent (grandparent), or even a non-related family member such as a long-term foster parent.

    Other qualifications include:

    • Able to demonstrate mature judgment, initiative and critical thinking.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, able to get along well with others and work collaboratively in a positive manner
    • Flexibility, organization and can-do attitude
    • Must have respect for confidentiality; ability to work with discretion and integrity.
    • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
    • Must have valid CA drivers’ license, clean DMV, and criminal record clearance from DOJ.

    Compensation: Salary is dependent on experience. Benefits include 100% Employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick time and a 403(b) matching program.

    Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to HR@calm4kids.org.

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