Department: Head Start & Early Learning Programs
Position: Infant Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Consultant
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours
Location: As Assigned
Supervisor: Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Supervisor
The Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant works closely with staff, families and community agencies to 1) build capacity in families and staff to address children’s social and emotional needs through training, on-site consultation and parent education; 2) build bridges between systems and services on behalf of children, families and the overall program through referrals to community mental health providers, follow up coordination of care, and tracking; and 3) provide support outlined in HSELP Developmental Services Guide for staff, children and families using the Brazelton Touchpoints Approach and reflective practice.
- Work as part of a team of IECMH consultants and other specialist, carrying assigned caseload and providing consultation to program staff and families at multiple sites in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties.
- Provide IECMH consultation grounded in strong understandings of child-caregiver relationships and attachment, typical and atypical child development, and best practices in infant/early childhood mental health consultation, including the Brazelton Touchpoints approach.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with staff, parents, families and community providers.
- Support the implementation of the HSELP Developmental Services Guide, including staff training, on-site consultation and observation, parent education, referrals, service coordination, participation in tiered case management system.
- Complete timely and accurate documentation of all consultation, observation, assessment, referral, and follow up information utilizing HSELP electronic record keeping systems.
- Coordinate with program staff to complete documentation for 1:1 funding for children needing additional support.
- Must be or become knowledgeable and remain current regarding Head Start Performance Standards, Department of Early Education and Care Regulations, NAEYC, Department of Children and Families’ program requirements, and all other relevant program administrative requirements.
- Must adhere to agency confidentiality policies and standard of conduct policies.
- Must be able to travel to multiple sites in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties as assigned.
- Must produce evidence of a good driving record and be able to be covered under Community Action’s non-owned and hired vehicle policy.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Minimum requirements are licensed mental health professional with Master’s Degree
- and 1-year experience in infant/early childhood mental health – additional experience preferred.
- Must have excellent working knowledge of infant, toddler and preschool development; be skilled in child observation, assessment, communication and case management.
- Must be or become trained in the Brazelton Touchpoints approach and become proficient in the use of reflective practice and consultation.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and comfortable collecting and tracking electronic data required.
- Bilingual abilities strongly preferred.
- Ability to be reflective and to encourage self-reflection
- Excellent oral and written communication
- Excellent judgment related to consultation practices and interpersonal relationships
- Must be able to effectively work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment
- Excellent organizational and assessment skills, detail oriented and able to meet required timelines
- Organized, flexible and able to adapt successfully to diverse learning styles
- Cultural competence and sensitivity to the needs of families with lower incomes
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, and electronic record keeping
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demand and work environment described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk, use a keyboard and climb stairs.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
- Must be able to engage in activities that include bending, floor activities, and lifting young children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
- The employee must have the ability to drive a personal vehicle and program vehicles, as needed.
- The noise level in the classroom is lively. The noise level of the office is generally quiet. The work environment is primarily an indoor office and classroom environment, with daily exposure to outdoor weather.
Employment is contingent upon the following: a satisfactory Background Record Check (BRC) which includes Criminal Offender Record (CORI), Department of Children and Families (DCF) background check, a Sex Offender Registry (SORI), and -based national and state criminal history check. BRC and fingerprinting-based national and state criminal history check is to be completed every three years. In addition, employment is contingent on evidence of physical exam within the past year, plus verifications of MMRs and TB. Documentation of subsequent physical exams must be submitted every 2 years. Must have evidence of a good driving record and ability to be covered under Community Action’s non-owned and hired vehicle policy.