Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant - Sign On Bonus
Company: Aspire Chicago
Posted on: June 25, 2022
Description:Position Summary: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.Position Responsibilities: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
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
trainings.Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement
through active participation in Quality Improvement/ Utilization
Review activities.Requirements:Required Education and
- 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 and adults.
- 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 when needed.
- 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
- Valid driver's license (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana) with good
driving recordLeadership Competencies:
- Achieves Results: Consistently achieving results, even under
- Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that
apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common
- 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. Voted as one of the 101 Best
and Brightest Companies to work for in Chicago! We know that
Together, We're Better!
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)
- Health Insurance
- Benefit Time (Vacation, Sick, Personal)
- 13 Holidays
- 403(B) Retirement Savings Plan with matching contribution
- Disability Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Voluntary Insurances available Aspire offers hybrid work
arrangements to allow for work to be performed onsite and
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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