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Mental Health Consultant (Yuma)

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Yuma, AZ

Currently providing remote/virtual visits!

Position: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant -Expulsion Prevention and Continuity of Care

Description:

Easterseals Blake Foundation is hiring for a mental health consultant/trainer in the Yuma area. Mental health consultation is at the cutting edge of research, policy, and practice in early childhood social-emotional development. Mental health consultants provide services in the childcare setting centered around increasing childcare providersí capacity to meet the social-emotional needs of children in their care. Through a supportive, intentional relationship consultants are able to partner with childcare providers around trying new behaviors which lead to best practices, and better outcomes for young children. Consultation can help address common issues such as challenging behaviors, spotting development delay, trauma-informed care, and expulsion prevention.

The educational requirement for this position is a masterís degree in counseling or a related field (social work, marriage and family therapy, etc.) and at least one year post-graduate experience. The ideal candidate will also have experience with children 0-5 and caring for children in group settings. Exceptions for some of these requirements may be discussed.

The opening is immediate, and upfront training is provided.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Provides program services in a manner that reflects the philosophy of the department. 

  • Uses a framework of promotion, prevention, and early intervention to promote mental health and resilience and prevention of behavioral difficulties for those at risk
  • Acts as a resource regarding early childhood development with an emphasis on emotional and behavioral health and the importance of the relationship between the participant and child/family
  • Completes technical assistance plans to support participants, children, and staff
  • Provides observations and recommendations regarding the social-emotional environment to assist in identifying children in need of support with behavioral, emotional, or developmental concerns
  • Develops intervention strategies utilizing a team approach to assist staff in developing positive behavior support strategies to promote optimal social-emotional development
  • Collaborates with child care providers, families, directors, managers, and other team members to build their knowledge and skills to support the needs of children and families
  • Provides group and individual training on overall social and emotional wellness with specific topics related to child development, trauma-informed care, attachment, self-care, and other related topics 
  • Partners and supports early care and education providers to support ongoing communication with parents regarding mental health, behavioral, or developmental concerns of their children
  • Adheres to all data and program requirements
  • Knowledge of community resources and referrals in the community
  • Uses independent judgment and discretion in setting daily priorities to complete tasks
  • Demonstrates sensitivity towards and provides services that honor linguistic, cultural, social, economic, individual and role differences among persons and families served
  • Provides services that are family-centered and relationship-based
  • Adheres to EBF Core Values, the Codes of Ethics of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the programís Implementation Manual and Service Delivery Plan, and the funderís Standards of Practice
  • Conducts trainings in person during the week and on weekends as needed
  • Applies adult learning principles and practices of multi-method instruction
  • Uses a training approach that is skills based and interactive for participants
  • Ensures attendees complete evaluation forms after completion of each training and technical assistance session
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships in the community
  • Provides technical assistance in 3 hour increments to Group Homes, Child Care Centers, Home Based Providers, Tribal Nations, and Homeless Shelters holding a registration agreement with ADES
  • Develops and implements a plan to deliver Technical Assistance that includes a written agreement between Easterseals Blake Foundation, the recipient of Technical Assistance, and the Director or Program Administrator
  • Completes and submits required monthly program reports and billing forms
  • Attends meetings as required by Supervisor

Functions as an effective team member with co-workers and the community to build productive, collaborative relationships and to achieve program goals and objectives.

  • Develops positive and constructive working relationships with staff, participants, and team members
  • Maintains established work schedule, is punctual, keeps appointments, willing to adapt schedule to meet unexpected needs and changes, and utilizes time effectively
  • Supports the decisions of the associate director and management team to staff, participants, and the community
  • Maintains, keeps clean, utilizes efficiently and safely the agency/departmentís physical facility and equipment
  • Supports integrated team process for service delivery, engages in collaborative activities with other TAPís working in a childcare center

Communicates accurately, clearly and professionally.

  • Communicates in a positive, respectful, and courteous manner
  • Interacts with co-workers and the community to build productive, collaborative relationships to support the achievement of service goals
  • Understands and maintains confidentiality related to private and sensitive information within the confines of need-to-know parameters
  • Composes emails, minutes, forms, and reports using various writing styles and formats to produce a document that effectively communicates the purpose and intent
  • Proofs and revises work for correct grammar, spelling, and format
  • Submits accurate and complete reports as per program guidelines and according to program timelines

Uses supervision effectively, takes initiative to secure professional development opportunities, and applies relevant information in the work setting.

  • Actively participates in supervision that is regular, reflective, and collaborative in nature. As appropriate, takes the initiative to seek supervisory input
  • Accurately identifies areas of mastery and areas targeted for personal growth and development. Seeks assistance and guidance when needed
  • Incorporates constructive direction from supervisor to improve job performance
  • Accepts responsibility for the quality of job performance and makes changes as needed
  • Maintains awareness of current professional information in the fields of activity, undertakes regular and ongoing efforts to maintain competencies in the skills used and incorporates new knowledge and skills on the job
  • Shares pertinent information with supervisor and team members regarding work progress, successes, barriers, concerns and other information that may have an impact on the departmentís service or image

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masterís degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a masterís degree that leads towards licensure from the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
  • Experience working with young children in classroom settings
  • Clearance from the Background Check for Employment through the Central Registry as required by Arizona Department of Economic Services-Child Care Administration (ADES-CCA)
  • Current State of Arizona Fingerprint Clearance card
  • Current First Aid and CPR cards
  • Specialty Instructor Status in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry
  • Must be able to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face mask, gown, goggles, and gloves, for any amount of time necessary to provide a physical barrier to protect the employee and others.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of two yearsí experience working with children birth to twelve years and their families
  • Experience working in a classroom setting and/or consulting with teachers
  • Experience working with economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse populations
  • Knowledge of special education procedures and the special needs of young children with disabilities and their families
  • Bilingual preferred-English and Spanish
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with families, ADES-CCA Resource Specialist, participants, SWHD staff and community partners
  • Ability to use initiative and judgment in selecting proper course of action in unusual or emergency situations
  • Must have an Arizona driverís license and an insured, reliable vehicle

Strength and Mobility:

  • Ability to lift 35 Ė 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, and squat to a childís eye level for appropriate amounts of time.
  • Ability to get up and down from the floor without assistance.

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed. I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related. I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information. I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background. I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.

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