Homeless Prenatal Program

Keywords: adults, families, houseless population, women, young children
Website: homelessprentatal.org
Application deadline: March 15, 2021
Application requirements: CV, letter of interest, and 2 letters of recommendation with people familiar with your clinical work to Jeannette Eisen
Best point of contact for inquiries: Jeannette Eisen, jeannetteeisen@homelessprenatal.org
Attachments: Practicum Brochure, Presentation for CIISSample Wellness Weekly Schedule of Groups

Our Mission

In partnership with our families, break the cycle of childhood poverty.

Purpose & Philosophy

By seizing the motivational opportunity created by pregnancy and parenthood, HPP joins with families to help them recognize their strengths and trust in their capacity to transform their lives.

Homeless Prenatal Program is a nationally recognized Family Resource Center in San Francisco. We serve about 4,000 low income families annually, providing a variety of programs and services to help families become health, stable and self sufficient.

Some of our Programs:

"Bringing Families Home", a federal funded program supporting the approach of 'Housing First' which offers permanent, affordable housing for families experiencing a variety of challenges. HPP provides necessary case management services to support the families needs.

"Family Treament Court", and "Keeping Families Together" which offer intensive case management to families with child welfare involvement due to substance-use related concerns. Services focus on linkages and advocacy for clients.

"New Beginnings" case management services to pregnant women and transitional age youth who would like support with pregnancy, substance use, family violence or other needs.

"Wellness" offers prenatal classes, postpartum support, lactation consultation, groups for babies/toddlers and caregivers among others.

Mental Health services are provided to clients referred by the different teams in the agency.

Practicum

All trainees need to be at the Agency on Tuesdays when Group Supervision, and Didactic Training, take place every week. In addition, on the first Tuesday of each month HPP has a Staff Meeting attended by the entire agency from 9 to 10:30am.

Trainees are expected to be at HPP between 16 and 20 hours. Most trainees accomplish this by dedicating two days and half at the agency: Tuesday, plus another day and a half, when Individual Supervision, client work, documentation, and some collaboration with other providers take place.

A typical case load is between 6 to 8 clients who are referred for mental health services by the agency teams.

Trainees will be assigned a Primary and Secondary Individual Supervisors. The student will meet with the Primary Supervisor weekly for one hour, and with the Secondary Supervisor biweekly for one hour also. Group Supervision is weekly for one hour and a half.

We provide individual and group supervision in English and Spanish for Trainees who are working with Spanish speaking clients.

Didactic Training is structured in modules: First modules are dedicated to learning HPP systems, policies, procedures. These are followed by training on Assessment and Progress Notes. Afterwards, we have modules on Trauma, Child Protective Services, Domestic Violence, Substance Use, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Attachment, among others.

Trainees will provide individual psychotherapy to adults. Orientation is Psychodynamic, Trauma and Attachment focus, Strength based.

It is important for the Trainees' success to advocate for themselves, to ask questions, to share thoughts, to collaborate with others, and specially to be willing to develop self reflection, a fundamental part of becoming a therapist.

At the present time the biggest challenge for Trainees is the need to work remotely not only with other interns, supervisors, and agency providers, but also with clients. Other challenges are client engagement, and documentation all of which requires close attention.

We certainly hope that soon we all can go back to some kind of normality, and wish to be able to work together in person at HPP with staff, and our clients. HPP is located in a great building that holds wonderful staff!

Documentation needed for Practicum application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • 2 letters of recommendation by people familiar with your clinical work.

Please send documentation to: jeannetteeisen@homelessprenatal.org 

Documentation must be in by March 15/2021

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