Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant - Sign On Bonus
Company: Aspire Chicago
Posted on: May 13, 2022
The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (MHC) will provide
ongoing, relationship based mental health consultation, technical
assistance, training and referral services to Early Care and
Education (ECE) providers working with children ages birth to age 5
and their families within the communities served. The MHC will
provide/facilitate pertinent training to ECE providers and others
within the communities served, and on a statewide basis. The MHC
will work proactively within their respective communities to
improve and facilitate understanding and collaboration between the
ECE field and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health field,
and to promote community understanding of and support for child and
family mental health. Demonstrates an ability to apply
trauma-informed principles and a racial equity and social justice
lens; and integrates them into daily practice. Communicates
effectively and promotes collaborative problem solving by
demonstrating care and respect in considering the diverse
experiences and perspectives of others.
Consultation and Referral: Establish and maintain ongoing
supportive relationships with childcare providers in communities we
serve. A minimum of 200 on site contacts should be made per service
year. Provide program level mental health consultation and
technical assistance to childcare providers (both licensed and
non-licensed) in communities we serve. Provide ongoing support for
childcare staff to enhance interactions with the children and
parents they serve. Assist ECE providers in designing setting-based
intervention strategies to enhance children's social-emotional
development and mitigate behavioral disruptions. Provide mental
health consultation regarding particular children with mild
social-emotional challenges, including administering of screening
and assessment tools as warranted. Provide information to provider
regarding community resources that might be helpful to the
identified needs of the family and caregiver. Facilitate
trauma-trauma informed collaborative relationships with providers
which demonstrates care, respect, cultural competence and
developmental sensitivity. Educate providers about the risk and
protective factors associated with trauma/childhood adversity,
healthy child development and assisting them with developing
tools/strategies to strengthen development.
Training: Facilitate delivery of training to the ECE community,
either by providing the training directly or arranging for other
competent trainers to do so. A minimum of 40 training hours should
be provided per servic year. Identify those training topics
appropriate primarily for local presentation and those that lend
themselves to broader audiences (such as State conferences) and
facilitate either or both types of presentation as appropriate.
Record keeping: Maintain all records as needed on a daily basis,
including records necessary for program evaluation. Assists in the
gathering of data and preparation of reports required by regulatory
agencies and/or necessary for program evaluation.
Community Liaison: Represents the agency in a positive light to
active and potential clients, referral and funding sources, and the
general public. Utilizes community contacts to advocate for clients
and to promote child and family well-being. The MHC will work
proactively to improve and facilitate understanding and
collaboration between the ECE field and the Infant and Early
Childhood Mental Health field. Demonstrates the ability to
communicate and collaborate with children, families, professionals
and communities to establish supportive relationships.
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: Complies with all pertinent
state and federal laws, DHS and DCFS Rules and Procedures, COA
standards, and Code of Ethics for Child Welfare Professionals.
Professional Development: Enhances professional competence through
ongoing awareness of developments in the field of early childhood
mental health and development. Will participate in all mandatory
Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through
active participation in Quality Improvement/ Utilization Review
Required Education and Experience:
Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Early Childhood
Education, Child Development, Infant Mental Health, or related
human services field.
Knowledge of early childhood development, including an
understanding of the concepts and dynamics underlying young
children's social-emotional development (such as attachment and
separation), as well as an understanding of family dynamics and the
importance of child-caregiver interaction.
Experience in the Early Childhood Care and Education field,
including an ability to be comfortable practicing in various early
childhood settings, and to effectively integrate various
appropriate mental health activities and philosophies.
Ability to identify key signs, symptoms, impact and manifestations
of trauma, disrupted attachment, racism and adversity in children
Demonstrated knowledge of human development and how people can be
affected by trauma, abuse, , racism and adversity and stress at
Demonstrated understanding of how behaviors, including those that
appear to be problems or symptoms often reflect trauma-related
Willingness to work evening and weekend hours when necessary to
meet the needs of the childcare providers and families that we
Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse
workforce. Demonstrated commitment to personal and professional
growth in practices that increase racial equity, inclusion,
diversity and belonging.
Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing professional
training and development programs.
Willingness to examine personal beliefs about and experiences of
trauma, childhood adversity, racism and the impact these have on
interactions with clients, colleagues, organizations and
Demonstrated knowledge of self-care strategies and ways to utilize
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills,
including engaging presentation and public speaking skills.
Demonstrates a communication style that is open, adaptable,
reflective, engaging, honest, and culturally sensitive and
eliminates the use of labels that stigmatize.
Must travel for job responsibilities, including long distance
driving; hold a valid driver's license that has not been revoked or
suspended within the past three years, and use of a personal
vehicle with adequate insurance.
Ability to collaborate with local Child Care Resource and Referral
agencies, and other partners in the DHS CCR&R system.
Valid driver's license (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana) with good
Achieves Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough
Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply
their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
Cultivates Innovation: Creating new & better ways for the
organization to be successful.
Makes Quality Decisions: Making good & timely decisions that keep
the organization moving forward.
Tackles the Tough Issues: Stepping up to address difficult issues,
saying what needs to be said.
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Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in
providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to adults
with developmental disabilities, their families and the community.
In 2019, we joined forces with NorthPointe Resources to be one of
the most recognized and respected disability service providers
across the Chicago metropolitan area, Lake County (Illinois), and
southeastern Wisconsin areas.
Full Time Benefits (regularly scheduled to work at least 37 1/2
hours per week)
Benefit Time (Vacation, Sick, Personal)
403(B) Retirement Savings Plan with matching contribution
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Voluntary Insurances available
Aspire offers hybrid work arrangements to allow for work to be
performed onsite and remote.
Aspire is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits
discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race,
color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status,
genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by
federal, state or local laws.
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