Infant Mental Health Consultant
The mission of Child Care Action Council is to promote and nurture early learning communities where families and children thrive.
Position Title: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Status: This is a part-time (0.45 FTE) non-exempt project position anticipated to end September 30, 2019. CCAC will also be accepting proposals from qualified independent contractors and businesses for the services.
Reports to: CCAC Professional Development Administrator
Office Location: Olympia, WA
Starting Salary: Typically $25.16 per hour
Benefits: Part-time employees receive pro-rated paid time off. Employer paid retirement plan available.
Purpose of Position:
The IECMH Consultant is responsible for providing infant early childhood mental health consultation to child care providers, children ages birth through five years old, and their families. They will consult with child care providers regarding strategies to promote the social-emotional development of all children in their care in conjunction with an individual child/family case. They will provide a broad range of services, including mental health consultation in classrooms; training and coaching staff; and screening, assessment, and referral services. The IECMH Consultant will also collect data, maintain records, and support compliance in all facets of this project.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
General Classroom Observations, Consultation & Coaching
Provide guidance to staff on implementing social-emotional screening and assessment tools.
Provide written and oral observations and strengths-based feedback to classroom teams.
Work with providers to develop an action plan that identifies strategies to support the social-emotional development of all children in the classroom.
Provide learning opportunities for providers and families to help them develop new skills that will enable them to understand and effectively support the social-emotional development of children, including those identified with behavioral issues.
Provide child development information related to social-emotional development.
Model developmentally appropriate, effective ways to work with and support young children.
Individualized Child- and Family-Centered Observations & Consultation
Conduct observations and assessments of individual children as assigned or referred for consultation.
Work with providers to develop an action plan that identifies appropriate interventions for a child who needs additional supports or services and support implementation of the plan.
Meet with families to consult on needs and create or follow up on plans to support these needs.
Collaborate with providers to conduct standardized behavioral and/or social-emotional screens and assessments for individual children identified as exhibiting social-emotional behavioral challenges.
Provide child and family referral to community services.
Collaborate with community agencies.
Support, coordinate, and provide staff trainings related to social-emotional and mental health issues
Participate in the development and implementation of mental health program and policy.
Participate in child care centers’ weekly staff meetings (as able and beneficial).
Complete all orientation materials and other relevant trainings.
Attend monthly workgroup meetings and provide updates.
Contribute to federal, state, and local reporting requirements.
Maintain confidentiality of children, families, and providers participating in IECMHC.
Participate in regular supervision.
Pursue Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®) through the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health (optional, if time allows).
Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related field
Mental health or social work clinical licensure (or license-eligibility)
Minimum of 2 years direct experience in a mental health setting providing prevention services and/or mental health therapy to children (preferably infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers) and families
Experience working in and/or consulting with early childhood or school-based settings
Previous experience offering IECMH consultation
Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®) through the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health
The selected candidate should:
Demonstrate understanding of infant and early childhood mental health.
Demonstrate understanding of differences in mental health services and concepts across cultures.
Demonstrate knowledge of the child mental health services system in Washington state.
Demonstrate experience with clinical documentation.
Have experience formulating and writing assessments and support plans, preferably for young children.
Communicate effectively with diverse groups both verbally and in writing.
Organize tasks and manage time effectively.
Partner with providers as a member of a diverse team.
Hold a current, valid driver’s license.
Have reliable personal transportation and vehicle liability insurance.
Qualified and interested parties should mail a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Review of applications will begin on July 16 and position will remain open until filled.
Child Care Action Council is an equal opportunity employer.
Thanks for your interest!