Provide mental health support, consultation, and intervention services to promote nurturing environments and relationships in early care and learning settings in order to foster mental health and wellbeing among children, families and staff. Provide prevention-based mental health support and early intervention to families and young children aged 0-5 in preschool/early childhood settings. Enhance the knowledge and skills of early care and learning providers through consultation on best practices regarding social and emotional development. Provide case-centered consultation to childcare center staff regarding individual children, including guidance about challenging behaviors. Engage in consultation and outreach to other early childhood serving systems. Provide community trainings on topics relevant to early childhood social emotional health and development.
- Provide case-centered consultation to childcare provider and preschool staff regarding individual children, including guidance around challenging behaviors. Specialist will meet regularly with staff and parents to assess and understand the individual needs of the family system and work with staff to develop developmentally-appropriate interventions.
- Meet with families involved in early care and education to complete screenings and assessments around social emotional and early childhood development, provide developmental guidance and intervention as needed, and actively assist families in referral & follow-up process to clinical and community services.
- Provide classroom-level and individual-child observation in the childcare/education setting to assess functioning, relationships with caregivers and other children, and “fit” in the program.
- Meet regularly with the early care and education staff and administration to address programmatic concerns, as requested, i.e., inter-staff relations, program-wide concerns/changes, staff turnover, and curriculum. Provide consultation to center staff on programmatic issues that affect the quality of care provided to the children, as requested.
- Provide psycho-education and brief therapeutic intervention to children and families/caregivers as clinically indicated, utilizing strengths-based, trauma-informed and culturally competent treatment frameworks. Facilitate referrals to clinical services as appropriate.
- Work with families and/or community agencies on a flexible time schedule according to their availability, i.e. evenings
- Cross-system program development with a variety of community agencies including consultation and training with these agencies
- Work in collaboration with all Triad and Launch Together Partners in the rural mountain areas of Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties.
- Engage in a reflective supervision and practice model. Attends supervision at times and intervals agreed upon with supervisor.
- Maintain accurate and timely documentation in adherence with grant program expectations and accountability requirements.
- Track all contacts with families to provide outcome information to the project funder
- Track all outreach efforts to community agencies.
- Attends team meetings, trainings, and mandatory in-services; complies with individualized training plan if required
- Exhibits enthusiasm, courtesy, adaptability, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment
- Maintains effective interpersonal relations with consumers, peers, subordinates, upper management, visitors and the general public
- Effectively responds to client/consumer needs and problems, initiates and maintains positive interactions, timely response to phone calls, pages, email and other requests
- All other duties and projects as assigned.
Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
- Master’s degree (from an accredited university/college) required. Degree in related field such as counseling, social work, or psychology with an early childhood specialization.
- Current licensure or license-eligible preferred.
Required Work Experience:
- Experience in group-settings for children.
Technical Skills and Knowledge:
- Bilingual preferred.
- Knowledge of early childhood development, infant/preschool mental health theory and infant/ preschool mental health interventions.
- Excellent communication and interdisciplinary team skills.
- Knowledge in the use of the DC:0-5R, ASQ-3, and ASQ-SE.
- Knowledge of or engagement in Infant Mental Health Endorsement process preferred.
- Basic computer skills such as proficiency utilizing e-mail and EHR database systems.