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Implementing HOMEBUILDERS (Birth to Age 5)®

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

April 2011

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Type of Implementing Agency

No information is available.

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Staffing Requirements

HOMEBUILDERS programs employ a team of three to five therapists, a supervisor, a program manager, and clerical staff. Programs typically employ full-time therapists but can have up to two half-time therapists with approval from HOMEBUILDERS. Teams of three therapists require a minimum of a 0.60 FTE supervisor, teams of four therapists require a minimum of a 0.80 FTE supervisor; and teams of five therapists require a full-time (1.0 FTE) supervisor. Due to initial training requirements and case carrying responsibilities, new supervisors must be full-time for the first year regardless of team size.

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Staff Education and Experience

Therapists must have a graduate degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a closely related field or have a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and at least two years’ experience working with children and families. Supervisors must have a graduate degree or greater in social work, psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and at least two years’ experience working with children and families or hold a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and have at least four years’ experience as a HOMEBUILDERS therapist.

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Supervision Requirements

Supervisors must hold in-person team consultation at a minimum frequency of once per week. Supervisors must be available to therapists for immediate consultation on a 24/7 basis. Supervisors provide individual consultation as needed to ensure every family is staffed each week. The supervisor typically has several contacts each week with therapists to discuss clinical and performance issues.

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Staff Ratio Requirements

A full-time therapist typically serves 18 families per year, working with two families at a time. Periodically a therapist may have a caseload of one or three families.

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Data Systems/Technology Requirements

No information is available.

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Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2011. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Institute for Family Development on April 5, 2011. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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