Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant—Marin

Under the supervision of the Marin Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Director, the ECMH Consultant participates in specialized training and provides bilingual Spanish consultation to childcare centers as part of a grant funded project to enhance childcare services for low income children ages birth to five years old and their families.  The ECMH Consultant understands and assists in meeting budget and services goals, understands the mission and objectives of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and works within the limitations of the Agency’s resources and performs all duties in compliance with agency standards.

Key Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Mental Health Consultation:  Case Consultation

  1. Provide case-centered consultation to childcare staff individually and in groups to discuss children about whom they have questions or concerns. Meet 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.
  2. Observe children in their childcare setting to assess functioning, relationships with caregivers and other children, and “fit” in the program. Formulates a case plan and completes assessments (when appropriate and consistent with level of competence.)
  3. Meet 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 to include all service providers, classroom staff and parents, when necessary.

 Mental Health Consultation:  Programmatic Consultation

  1. Meet regularly with the childcare staff and the director to address programmatic concerns, as requested, i.e., inter-staff relations, program-wide concerns/changes, staff turnover, and curriculum.
  2. Provide 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.
  3. Discusses effective mechanism for working with parents, as requested, and assists staff members to enhance their skills and ability to work with parents.

ECMH Consultant Training

In order to understand appropriate interventions in the consultation context:

  1. 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.
  2. Presents consultation work in monthly clinical case conferences in order to gain feedback and support from his/her colleagues.
  3. Reads, studies and applies written, audio and visual materials on mental health consultation and child development.

Administrative

  1. Maintains up to date records, charting regularly and accurately.
  2. Prepares demographic and service data on all site activities, as requested.
  3. Represents the ECMH Program in the community, as requested.
  4. Complies with all standards of performance.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • May be required to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Exposure to low to moderate noise levels characteristic of working in an office and childcare center environments.
  • Required to get in and out of an automobile and to drive.

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in social work, counseling or psychology and license or license eligible required.
  • Experience as a mental health clinician specializing in psychotherapeutic work with young children and their families.
  • Bilingual Spanish required.
  • Knowledge of early development and work experience in-group settings for children.
  • Experience with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of group dynamics and intervention with adults.

Compensation

This is a full time, salaried, exempt position with 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 and sick leave; 403(b) plan; life and disability insurance.

Application Process

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]  with ECMH Consultant in your subject line.

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 personnel so classified.

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.

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