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Family Peer Advocate

Upper Manhattan Mental Health /Emma Bowen Community Center

Full-Time | Hybrid

$45,000 - $45,000/yr.

Emma Bowen Community Center is seeking a Family Peer Advocate for our Early Childhood Clinic.

Family Peer Advocates have ‘lived-experience’ as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health or developmental disability. They receive training to develop skills and strategies to empower other families. They foster effective parent-professional partnerships and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches. Lived experience is extremely valuable when working with families in need of resources, support and advocacy.

Description of Duties and responsibilities:  

  • providing information and referral 
  • engaging families in services 
  • working with families to discern their strengths, needs, and priorities 
  • providing 1:1 assistance to help families connect to and participate in services  
  • accompanying parents to meetings to assure their voice is heard 
  • increasing parents’ feelings of self-efficacy 
  • reducing stigma and feelings of isolation 
  • serving as members of child and family planning teams 
  • helping families identify goals and track progress 
  • supporting families to develop ‘informal’ networks of support 
  • participating as the FPA in specific evidence-based treatment models  
  • empowering parents by increasing their knowledge and skills 
  • coaching in constructive self-advocacy skills 
  • coaching in effective parenting strategies 
  • initiating and supporting parent support and skills groups 
  • helping families learn about special education services, procedures, and rights 
  • serving as cultural brokers within organizations and systems 
  • helping families understand mental health diagnoses, medication, and treatment options  
  • facilitating effective family-provider partnerships 


  • Great interpersonal skills  
  • Conflict resolution  
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) 


  • Have a high school diploma or GED (or document comparable skills). 
  • Complete the Family Peer Advocate Credential or Provisional Credential  

Amount of Travel: 50% of the time  

Schedule: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm. Hybrid

Posted On: March 22, 2024

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