Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician

Time Organization
Job LocationUS
Job TagEarly Career

Location: Howard County, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Anne Arundel County, MD

The Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist is responsible for providing early childhood mental health consultation support to ECHC Education staff, children, and families. Therapist will provide a broad range of services, including early childhood mental health consultation in classrooms and through home visits; training and coaching staff; screening, assessment, therapeutic interventions; referral services; promotion and marketing of group services; and providing parent trainings. The Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist will also collect data, maintain records, and support compliance in all facets of Head Start Performance Standards and State regulations.

Responsibilities:

  • General Classroom Observations, Consultation & Coaching
  • Visit each classroom at least once per month.
  • Provide child development information related to social-­‐emotional development and mental health.
  • Provide guidance to staff on selecting, implementing, and interpreting social-­‐emotional screening and assessment tools and findings
  • Provide guidance and model developmentally appropriate activities for children and effective ways to work with and support young children.
  • Provide written and oral observations and strengths-­‐based feedback to classrooms at least 2 x times a year.
  • Provide at least 2 classroom consultations based on observations and develop and implement plans with recommendations as needed.

Staff Training

  • Support, coordinate, and provide staff trainings related to social-­‐emotional and mental health issues at least once per quarter.

Programmatic Consultation

  • Participate in weekly TIME Organization ECHC staff team meetings.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of mental health program and policy

Parent Training

  • Recruit participants for at least one parent training per year.
  • Coordinate and facilitate parent training.
  • Individualized Child-­‐ and Family-­‐Centered Observations & Consultation
  • Conduct observations and assessments of individual children as assigned or referred for consultation.
  • Meet with families to consult on child and family needs and create or follow-­‐up on plans to support these needs.

Individual Child Screening, Assessment & Referral

  • Conduct standardized developmental, behavioral, and/or social-­‐emotional screens and assessments for individual children as assigned or referred for consultation.
  • Provide child and family referral and follow-­‐up to community services.

Home Visiting

  • Conduct home visits to support the mental health needs of families and children.
  • Provide guidance and model developmentally appropriate activities for children and effective ways to work with and support young children.

Other

  • Participate in regular supervision with TIME Clinical Director and clinical supervisor.
  • Contribute and comply to federal, state, and local reporting requirements.

Supervision:

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist will report to clinical supervisor s, who will assign and oversee the work of the Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist.
  • Supervision meetings will occur on a weekly basis between the assigned Clinical Supervisor.
  • Performance evaluations will be conducted at 3 and 12 months post-­‐hire, and annually thereafter.
  • The Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist will also participate in TIME’s weekly team meetings.

Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in social work, psychology.
  • Licensed and certified to provide therapeutic treatment in the State of Maryland.
  • Minimum (1) one year experience in a therapeutic environment.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Experience formulating and writing assessments and support plans, preferably for young children.
  • Experience with evidence-­based practices and curricula to promote early childhood mental health is desirable, e.g., Incredible Years, Parents as Teachers. Conscious Discipline, etc.
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with service providers and families.
  • Partner with providers as a member of a diverse team.
  • Lead and facilitate provider training and/or parent education groups.
  • Conduct standardized screens and assessments, preferably for young children.
  • Use results of screens and assessments to guide work with families, set goals, and develop individualized plans.
  • Refer providers and families to appropriate community services.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse groups both verbally and in writing.
  • Organize tasks and manage time effectively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of infant and early childhood mental health.
  • Demonstrated understanding of differences in mental health services and concepts across cultures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child mental health services system.
  • Demonstrated experience with clinical documentation.




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