Title: Licensed Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Duration: 3 months
Location: Washington, DC
Classification: Full Time Temporary
PS2G is seeking a Temporary Licensed Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to support our client’s Child and Youth Services Division in the implementation of Behavioral Health Consultation and Clinical Services for all Child Development Centers within The District of Columbia (DC).
The consultant shall be responsible for providing a wide variety of comprehensive services for children, ranging from birth through five years of age both through telephone consultation, virtual meetings and in person at Child Development Center settings (as appropriate based on the CDC guidelines) that shall include the following duties; but not limited to:
- Provides outreach to childcare facilities throughout the District of Columbia to provide information regarding behavioral health and referral/linkage while also developing positive working relationship to facilitate future engagement.
- Collaborates with the DC SEED and Healthy Future consultants and provides case management services (i.e., coordination, referral and linkage for children and families to appropriate resources) for young children and families.
- Conducts socio-emotional /developmental screenings and assessments to determine the child and his/her family’s current mental health status, and medical, school, and family history;
- Obtains information from the children, their families, and staff through observations, interviews with parents/caregivers, clients and significant others and through review and summarization of existing records and reports;
- Assess and evaluate children and their families and establish clinical goals and objectives in relation to psychiatric diagnosis, and recommend treatment;
- Works collaboratively with other health or childcare professionals in the childcare facility and other center staff while adhering to all laws, policies, and regulations regarding confidentiality.
- Provides childcare facility staff with recommendations regarding social-emotional climate and interventions to improve social, emotional and behavioral functioning of the children.
- Provides guidance and consultation to child development staff and consultants on problems and cases;
- Conducts educational presentations on behavioral health issues for
children, their families, and childcare and or school staff;
- Provides crisis intervention as needed to children and their families;
- Provides consultation services and technical assistance to childcare staff/teachers particularly as it relates to interventions designed to provide support in the child care setting or classroom;
- Participates in DC SEED meetings and trainings as assigned by Project Director;
- Completes all data collection and paperwork as assigned including all data required for the grant evaluation including local, national, and SAMHSA specific data and reports.
Minimum Qualifications for Licensed Social Worker:
- Shall have successfully completed a course of study from an accredited college or university and have fulfilled all the requirements for the Master’s Degree in a related mental health field.
- Have at least two (2) years of professional work experience/training as a mental health professional.
- Must be a licensed mental health professional, working towards becoming independently licensed through the D.C. Department of Health, Health Professional Licensing Administration.
- Expert professional knowledge of the early childhood population, early childhood development, techniques, methods, and issues.
- Expert knowledge of a wide range of theories, principles, practices, and techniques of clinical work in order to effectively evaluate, counsel and provide treatment and a wide variety of services for students and their families.
- Expert professional knowledge and skill in providing prevention, early intervention, consultation services within an early childhood setting, in addition to providing individual, family, and group therapeutic techniques and treatment interventions to young children and their families.
- Thorough knowledge of community resources and other institutions that serve young children and their families, including knowledge of services offered, eligibility criteria, and referral procedures to make referrals for services.
- Ability to interact and communicate effectively both orally and in writing in order to plan and carry out clinical services; develop student and family histories and reports; provide effective telephonic and in person consultation; develop plans of care, and make referrals to community and other outside organizations.
- Knowledge of missions, objectives, and policies of the childcare facility and D.C.
Government in order to perform activities consistent with those missions, objectives, and policies.
- Knowledge of culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate interventions to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds sufficient to work with diverse populations.
Job Type: Temporary
Pay: $38.00 - $40.00 per hour
- Mental Health: 2 years (Required)