Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant – Bilingual
Under the direction of the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Program Director or Supervisor, the Mental Health Consultant participates in specialized training and provides consultation to child care centers that are part of a government or grant-funded project to enhance child care services for low income children birth to five years old and their families. Understands and works to fulfill JFCS’ mission and goals in compliance with the Agency treatment philosophy and standards of performance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
I. Mental Health Consultation: Case Consultation
- Provides case-centered consultation to child care staff individually and in groups to discuss children about whom they have questions or concerns. Meets regularly with staff and parents/families to assess and understand the individual needs of the child and work with all parties to develop appropriate strategies to address the concerns.
- Observes children in their child care setting to assess functioning, relationships with caregivers and other children, and “fit” with the program. Formulates a case plan; completes assessments [when appropriate, and consistent with level of competence].
- Meets with families to partner with them to complete assessments, provide developmental guidance and make referrals, including linkage to clinical services. Actively assists families in referral process to include collaboration with outside agencies, acting as a care manager, and organizes and facilitates case conferences
II. Mental Health Consultation: Programmatic Consultation
- Meets regularly with child care staff and the director to address programmatic concerns, as requested, i.e., inter-staff interpersonal relations, program-wide concerns/changes, staff turnover and curriculum.
- Provides consultation to center staff on programmatic issues that affect the quality of care provided to the children, as requested. Assists staff to build and maintain productive collegial relationships with one another, as requested.
- Discusses effective mechanism for working with parents, as requested, and assists staff members to enhance their skills and ability to work with parents.
III. ECMH Consultant Training Program
In order to understand appropriate interventions in the consultation context:
- Regularly attends and actively participates in a comprehensive training program that includes individual supervision, administration supervision, semi-monthly group supervision/case consultation and additional supervision focusing on the principles and practices of mental health consultation.
- Develops and/or facilitate consultation work in clinical case conferences on a range of early childhood mental health topics for consultation as part of consultation support and in order to gain feedback and support from his/her colleagues.
- Reads, studies and applies written, audio and visual materials on mental health consultation and child development.
- Willingness to engage in individual and group reflective supervision that is marked by atmosphere of trust, respect, reflection and collaboration. Participate in regular administrative supervision. Adhere to protocols, processes and timelines related to referrals, case assignments, and documentation.
- Establish and maintain strong collaborative and professional relationships with staff across departments.
- Maintains up to date consultation and clinical records, charting regularly and accurately.
- Prepares demographic and service data on all site activities, as requested.
- Represents the Program in the community, as requested.
- Regularly travels to clients’ locations, schools or facilities within the region.
- Maintains current knowledge and awareness of organizational and regulatory standards, policies and procedures.
- Participates in a collaborative, empowered work environment as demonstrated through teamwork and shared decision making processes.
- Effectively communicates with all patients, family members, caregivers, providers, and team members to meet organizational goals and provide client satisfaction.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to provide accurate, reliable, courteous and timely service to all clients. Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing are critical on order to be able to exchange accurate information in varying situations. Able to demonstrate open communication and critical thinking skills.
- Knowledge of principles, practices and current trends in ECMH as well as best practices in quality assurance.
- Knowledge and application of state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; excellent analytical skills, ability to work as part of a team and be self-directed.
- Ability to work cooperatively on a multi-disciplinary team and community partners and collaborators.
- Ability to prepare clear and concise consultation and medical record documentation on a timely manner.
- Ability to use word processing software, email and electronic health systems to maintain case records and communicate with staff.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to reliably travel to client’s location, schools and other facilities within the region.
- If operating a vehicle, a valid Driver’s License is required and proof of automobile insurance.
Required Education and Experience
- Masters’ degree in social work or psychology, and current license or license-eligible required. If license eligible, must receive licensure within one year of completing required hours
- At least 1 year of work or internship experience as a mental health clinician specializing in psycho-therapeutic work with young children and their families required.
- Bilingual Spanish required.
- Knowledge of early development, and a minimum of 1 year work experience in group care settings for children.
- Preferred 1 year experience with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning.
- Experience with and/or knowledge of group dynamics and intervention with adults.
- Proven experience in possessing the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform the core functions of case management.
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive compensation will depend on experience and proficiency level. We offer a robust array of benefits including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave; 403bplan; life and disability insurance.
Please submit a cover letter and your resume to [email protected] with ECMH Consultant in your subject line.
To be considered for this position, you must meet the requirements and competencies listed above. Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees so classified.