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Catholic Charities Community Services is currently seeking a qualified, caring individual, with experience in Trauma Informed Care, to work in our Head Start Program overseeing Mental Health services for our students, families and staff.
The Early Childhood Development Mental Health Coordinator (ECDMHC) delivers mental health support and coordination in a pre-school, home and office setting to assist prevention, early identification and intervention with Westside Head Start (WSHS) children and families. The ECDMHC will also collaborate with Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) counseling department and local mental health partners to provide continuous and appropriate referrals to benefit the mental health needs of WSHS children and families. The ECDMHC will provide a range of services; including but not limited to early childhood mental health services in the classroom, home visits and office visits. The position also will assist with training, screening, assessment and referrals.
- Works with administrative, instructional and non-instructional staff, to put into place evidence-based trauma-informed systems to reduce re-traumatization, promote student resilience and increase positive academic and non-academic outcomes for WSHS students and families.
- Establishes a comprehensive trauma-informed approach to address both preventative and responsive measures for the WSHS program. Ensures that existing school and community resources are utilized to work with students identified as being exposed to trauma.
- Provides training and technical consultation to WSHS staff and leadership on evidence-based practices and strategies with a particular focus on childhood mental health and Trauma-Informed Care.
- Promotes social-emotional well-being through a trauma-informed infant and early childhood mental health approach by providing mental health expertise to classrooms, homes and situations. Assessing, evaluating and creating therapeutic interventions to best support child and family.
- Supporting and collaborating with Education, Home Based and Family Services staff, and the Disabilities and Behavioral Health Team members for the general well-being of children, families, classrooms, and homes.
- Facilitates the creation and implementation of individualization plans with teachers, families, and trans-disciplinary team individualized plans for children. Completes individual observations of children and provides ongoing support to ensure successful implementation of the individualized mental health plan.
- Participates in Multi-disciplinary groups, develops intervention plans, and provides resources to staff or families.
- Facilitates teacher and parent meetings that pertain to mental health issues. Strengthens family and staff capacity to support social, emotional, and relational health of children and families in a range of settings.
- Provides workshops, seminars and/or psycho-educational group sessions focusing on childhood mental health and Trauma-Informed Care to assist families and to enable them to function more adequately in their everyday living.
- Opens, compiles and maintains complete and accurate case records according to best practices, maintains appropriate caseload as needed, follows agency and professional standards and follows up with clients regarding missed appointments.
- Coordinates clinical care with appropriate internal and external agency personnel including supervisor, primary care physician, referral sources, etc. consults with referral sources to gather information to assist in client referral and expectations. Works with supervisor (or other credentialed professional) in consultation to ensure appropriate diagnosis and treatment is given to each client.
- Maintains strict confidentiality at all times regarding client information so as not to violate professional codes of ethics.
- Manages caseload to meet agency productivity requirements. Follows up with new/continuing clients regarding missed appointments.
- Develop relationship-based collaborations with staff that builds on their strengths and provides intensive differentiated support to improve program practices.
- Meet with teachers and families to assess child for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), develop individual intervention plans for behavior, share resources to support the family with managing behaviors. Monitor and follow up on child plans and implementation.
- Participates in the process of ongoing professional and personal development which specifically targets childhood mental health and trauma-informed de-escalation strategies to utilize with young children and focuses on children with Mental Health diagnoses and acting out behaviors. Collaborate with Disabilities and behavioral health team members and outside agencies and families for referral and consultation services.
- Provides individual support and role modeling to children and teachers by seeing them in schools/homes and helping them in reaching specific treatment plan goals, educate and coordinate with parents to carry out plans at home.
- May need to assist with a broad range of mental health services including intake, assessment, development and implementation of treatment plans for individuals, couples and families. Ensures services are clinically appropriate, coordinating services that are outpatient or home-based.
- Support staff in building skills for supporting children with challenging behavior by creating classroom environments that are in alignment with pyramid model concepts.
- Assess physical spaces for potentially triggering or otherwise distressing stimuli that could induce undesired behaviors or emotional reactions in the home and learning environment.
- Assist WSHS stakeholders in understanding the widespread impact of trauma, recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in children, family, staff, and others involved within WSHS.
- Fully integrate knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices.
- Models professional standards and ethics in accordance with agency philosophy.
- Promote an ongoing commitment to excellence and continuous quality improvement to ensure the highest quality of services to our staff and clients.
- In accordance with our “one team” philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
OTHER RELATED DUTIES:
- Works alternative hours as required, including nights and weekends.
- Prepares, and attends all meetings, trainings, and conferences as assigned.
- Maintains self and functional work environment.
- Performs other tasks as may be required for the efficient comprehensive, integrated program.
- Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling or a closely related field from an accredited institution.
- Current Associate or Professional License by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners in counseling, social work, or marriage and family therapy required or reciprocity licensure from another state to Arizona. Will consider those in the process of acquiring a Professional License depending on experience.
- Post licensure experience working with students with behavioral/emotional disabilities;
- Minimum of one (1) year experience working with 0-5-year-old children with behavior problems and their families, as well as training adults on mental health, social-emotional screening and behavior management techniques working in a classroom setting and/or consulting with teachers.
- Second language fluency (speaking, reading, writing) preferred (languages spoken within the program include but are not limited to the languages of Mexico and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia).
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge and understanding of the Early Childhood Development mental health issues related to young children, ages 0-5.
- Demonstrated understanding of infant and early childhood behavioral health
- Experience working with children in trauma and knowledge of trauma-informed care
- Understanding of PBIS, intentional social-emotional curriculum
- Knowledge or experience in organization and operations of educational social services
- Knowledge of supports to children with atypical behaviors, substance abused newborns and/or exposure to trauma as well as disability services preferred
- Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, statutes, and policies related to early childhood programming
- Must be able to communicate effectively and accurately in written and verbal form.
- Must have attention to detail and ability to maintain program statistics and effectively manage time to balance program needs.
- Diversity management with sensitivity to the cultural differences within the agency, program, and community.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word and Outlook).
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
- Some evening and weekend hours required.
- May be exposed to communicable diseases and varying temperatures during community work.
- Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with moderate interruptions.
- Must be able to work with pre-school-age children.
- Must be able to stoop, bend, squat, assist children to the bathroom, sit on the floor and ambulate over uneven floor surfaces including stairs, steps and playgrounds.
- Must be able to visually and auditorily assess and interact with clients to ensure their safety and well-being.
- Requires driving and may lift up to 40 pounds.
Other Employment Requirements
- Meets Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) requirements for licensure or is in the process to become eligible for licensure
- Possesses or acquires, and maintains, Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance
- Approved documentation of a negative result for a tuberculin (TB) skin test or chest x-ray
- Meets federal Head Start employment requirements including physical examination at hire (and every three years thereafter)
- Possesses or completes verified training in First Aid and CPR (within ninety  days of hire) and remains current in the certification
- Possesses or acquires, and maintains a valid Maricopa County Environmental Services Food Service Worker Certificate
- Possesses and maintains a valid Arizona driver license (An individual must be 21 years of age or older to drive on behalf of Westside Head Start and Catholic Charities Community Services)
- Reliable personal transportation and ability to show proof of current/valid vehicle registration and insurance
- Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19
Great Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, Basic Life, Short-Term Disability, Vacation, Sick Time, 12 Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 403(b) with a match, EAP, and a Pension Plan!
We Value Diversity!
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- Community Mental Health Services
- Family Therapy
- Mental Health
- Social Work