Early Childhood Therapist: Headstart

Part-Time

Position Purpose:
The Early Childhood Therapist will provide mental health services co-located in a Head Start School setting. Mental health services include working with children, their families, and providing group therapy. This position exists to provide mental health services to help children and families increase their level of functioning, and assist in building skills and confidence to manage challenges in their lives.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
1. Consistently demonstrates clinical competence of early childhood and professionalism by effectively providing mental health therapy and diagnostic services to children and their families. Conducting client diagnostic assessments, identify diagnosis when appropriate, and develop an individualized treatment plan.
2. Consistently demonstrates professional behaviors that reflect respect for clients and their families, co-workers, the schools, and the organization. Comply with professional ethics and standards
3. Develop and cultivate relationships with school sites and community members to expand and maintain collaborative efforts.
4. Complete related documentation in the electronic health record as required by agency and third-party payers in a timely manner.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Attend supervisory sessions and other meetings as directed.
2. Work a schedule that is responsive to client and staff availability, which may include evening hours on a regular basis.
3. Maintain professional licensure, meeting training requirements or maintain requirements when on track for clinical licensure as a clinical trainee.
4. Remain current with best practice standards and related research
5. All other duties as assigned by the Clinical Program Director.

Supervisory responsibility:
N/A

Qualifications:

Training and Experience:
Master’s degree in human service field plus licensure in the State of Minnesota for independent practice in social work, psychology, or marriage and family therapy desired, OR a clinically supervised Mental Health Practitioner working as a Clinical Trainee as defined by the State of Minnesota standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of early childhood development and family systems, and possess the ability to work effectively with all client and professional populations. Ability to work within a school team environment, and effectively communicates with colleagues, co-workers, clients and referral sources. Should be experienced in or wanting to develop skills in a solution focused, brief therapy model of practice. Must possess computer literacy preferably in Microsoft Office.

Possess skills in coordinating, collaborating and conducting delivery of mental health related services. Ability to collaborate effectively with others. Knowledge of biological, behavioral and environmental aspects of emotional disturbances, mental health disabilities, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse. Knowledge of the scope and activities of public and private health and welfare agencies and other available community resources. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of mental health consultation, education and prevention within the community. Ability to input information respective to mental health as a related service utilizing educational software systems.

Special Requirements:
Must have a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation to use for work purposes. Willingness and ability to work additional time if needed to meet crises and deadlines.
Maintain professional licensure, meeting training requirements.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to regularly talk, hear, sit, and perform keystrokes to enter data with reasonable speed to ensure work is completed. Requires physical ability to routinely handle normal office materials and tools, filing, lifting, reaching and ability to move throughout office areas and clients’ private homes to complete work assignments.

Work environment:
Regular exposure to normal office environments and equipment. Occasional exposure to home environments that include smoking and pets. Ability to drive in inclement weather.