Parent Specialist

Three Rivers Youth

6117 Broad Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206


Counseling/Social Work

Full time

Jun 15


Performs drug and alcohol prevention and intervention services with youth and their families in a community, home and/or school-based setting through our Diversion Program. Knowledgeable with group and individual counseling techniques as well as conducting behavioral health (mental health or substance use) assessments and/or screenings. The position requires an individual who possesses competencies that are essential to the effective practice of counseling for psychoactive substance use disorders and family dynamics. The individual needs to become fully proficient in understanding addiction and treatment.

Must be a self-starter capable of working independently, dependable and work effectively with minimum supervision. Aligned with Pittsburgh Public Schools interests in improving student outcomes, Three Rivers Youth’s D&A Diversion Program is designed to support achievement by keeping youth in school. The Diversion Program has a family-based prevention component to enhance family bonding, relationships and build parenting skills.

JOB STATUS: Full-Time Non-Exempt


  1. Plans, organizes, and facilitates parent support groups utilizing the Nurturing Families curriculum
  2. Provides individual, group and/or family intervention
  3. Attend School Hearings and/or Parent Conferences as available
  4. Assist families throughout the process from the beginning to the end including but not limited, to coordinating the intake/admission to the Diversion Program; Advocacy for the family and linkages to community resources
  5. Consult with School/ Community Partnerships, including attendance at regularly scheduled meeting. Collaborates with school/ community organizations for resources, referrals and service
  6. Provides referrals for Drug and Alcohol and/or Mental health assessments to determine appropriate level of care as needed. Upon consent, follow-up with the referral source to ensure a smooth transition to intervention/treatment
  7. Weekly communication with families about student’s status/performance in program; follow-up with parent/student about any issues or concerns; assist families to navigate back to school for a smooth transition
  8. Utilizes effective retention techniques and evidence-based approaches to maintain participation
  9. Maintains confidential participant records and/or data. Prepare written internal and external reports in a timely manner.
  10. Performs other related duties and other duties as requested and/or necessary.


  1. Maintains required training hours and clearances.
  2. Maintains open communication with supervisor and other staff as it relates to the necessary flow of the job and programs. Aids in the design of educational programs.
  3. Continually remains up to date on individual, group, and family counseling techniques and evidence-based approaches. Possesses and utilizes the ability to relate to problems and special needs of clients. Maintains community resources to make them available to the families.
  4. Must possess and utilize excellent verbal and written communication skills and general computer skills, including WORD, EXCEL, outlook, internet, and other systems.
  5. Must understand public-school systems, family dynamics, ATOD pharmacology, confidentiality, FERPA and PPR laws and regulations, and DDAP Best Practices Guidelines.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand: sit and walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms. The employee must be capable of lifting or pulling 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust and focus. Proper diction and command of the English language required. Must be able to exercise independent thinking and good judgement under all circumstances.


Master’s Degree preferred; Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, social science or other related fields required, and a minimum of 3 years of experience working with youth and families, Reliable transportation and a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license as well as current PA auto insurance are required.

All required clearances must be current including Act 33/34 Child Abuse Clearance and Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance, and FBI Clearance.

This job reflects the assignment of essential and other responsibilities of this position. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

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Three Rivers Youth

Recovering Lives of Children, Adults, and Families