The job of an Early Intervention Specialist is to provide human services to families with a heavy focus towards the demanding needs of children and young adults. One needs to aid in the assistance and relief in troubled situations families often find themselves in. Finding ways to augment the quality of the lives of the people needing service is the main task or goal of a person in this field. This includes addressing problems including but not limited to academic struggles, teen pregnancy, drug usage and other behavioral issues that can hinder the quality of people's lives.
Typically the educational backgrounds that employers look for in an Early Intervention Specialist are related to psychology, social service, rehabilitation and therapy. Usually advanced degrees in at least two of these fields are the minimum. The more education and versatility the better. An example might be a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor degree or degrees in Psychology or Therapy.
The skills required to be an Early Intervention Specialist include proficiency in therapeutic and counseling abilities. A comprehensive knowledge in diagnosing and treating both mental and physical dysfunctions in family members. A well rounded education of the currently accepted professional and medical procedures and methods for treating disorders. This includes but is not limited to a broad knowledge of psychology, physiology and sociological understanding. The ability to listen closely and understand a patient's needs and be able to effectively communicate back to them coherently is equally important. Basically all aspects of human behavior both physical and mental are a must to be effect in this field.
As far as personality types that best fit this job a person needs to be very understanding, compassionate and patient. A strong self-disciplinary lifestyle is necessary to undertake the demands this job requires. At the same time this job also requires the ability to be flexible not only as far as accepting that it means being available beyond the typical 40 hour work week but also being flexible in meeting the needs of patients. This career will have periods of high stress as well so the ability to manage stress and stay focused and cooperative is crucial to being successful in this occupation.