Mental Health Specialist
Abilities Network is looking for a Mental Health Specialist to provide Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to early childhood professionals in childcare programs, preschools, Head Starts, and Family Child care programs to prevent the expulsion of children age birth to five. To support children’s social emotional development, promote the inclusion of children with special needs, and address behavioral challenges using a reflective coaching model and trauma informed practices. To facilitate support groups for families and professionals. To facilitate teaming and collaboration, case management, and staff development to promote an inclusive education model. To facilitate training sessions and follow up technical assistance to early childhood professionals statewide. To support the growth and development of Project ACT staff through reflective supervision.
***At this time, all Project ACT services are being provided virtually.***
What does this opportunity give me?
- Community outreach. Work with a diverse population.
- Pride. Work for a company that is passionate about our mission and helping people find their path to independence.
- A strong team and support system.
- Impact. Make an immediate difference in someone’s life.
What will I do at Abilities Network?
- Provide reflective supervision to Inclusion Specialists.
- Meet regularly with the Community Grants Program Manager, CRC Program Manager, and Director of Project ACT to ensure all staff are providing quality services while adhering to regulations and meeting expectations addressed in AN job descriptions.
- Participate in professional and community networks to identify possible funding sources and to develop relationships to market Project ACT program services.
- Initiate programs to meet identified needs in conjunction with the Director of Project ACT.
- Provide Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in the community following a Tiered Model of Service.
- Observe children in childcare settings and provide feedback regarding strengths as well as recommendations for improvement of the classroom or home environment and suggest changes to benefit individual children.
- Utilize prescribed assessment tools and perform a functional behavior analysis for individual children as indicated to help address challenging behavior and recommend strategies for behavior change.
- Collaborate with educational personnel, childcare providers and parents to generate developmentally appropriate and trauma informed strategies for the school and community that promote social emotional competencies.
- Develop a written support plan for individual children and assist classroom staff in implementing recommendations through reflective coaching, on-site modeling, training and support.
- Address children’s mental health needs through a consultative model, providing referral to therapeutic services when needed. Informally address children’s speech and language, cognitive, physical, and social and emotional development as well as daily living skills, and make recommendations for enhancing development or refer to appropriate resources as needed.
- Facilitate collaborative planning and support families when children receive services through an IEP/IFSP.
- Provide parents with the education, tools, knowledge and support to become more self-sufficient in advocating for the full inclusion of their child with mental health needs, disabilities, and/or challenging behaviors.
- Facilitate team and other meetings concerning individual children. Document activities utilizing observation forms, intake forms and maintaining all contact notes, as well as any grant-mandated forms.
- Provide all documentation and data to Project ACT Community Grants Manager for review on a monthly basis.
- Utilize research-based cognitive/behavioral strategies to facilitate behavior change.
- Provide wrap around services between the child’s early learning program and their home when permitted by program guidelines.
- Ensure that behavioral support strategies are consistent in all environments. Provide strengths-based services that are consistent with the family’s values and culture.
- Ensure that families have a plan to access crisis intervention services.
- Schedule sessions at times that are convenient for families.
Documentation and Reporting:
- Participate in meetings as deemed appropriate by the Project ACT Director, manage documentation required for billable services, submit reports to schools and parents and as required by the grants/funding sources and Project ACT.
- Implement community and grant-funded training and mentoring sessions.
- Present all prepared trainings and demonstration lessons to the childcare community in a dynamic and professional manner.
- Develop and implement trainings for early childhood professionals and out of school time providers regarding the inclusion of children with disabilities and/or challenging behavior as assigned or requested.
- As needed, develop individual trainings for providers when providing consultation services for a particular child.
- Attend Project ACT Advisory Board meetings, Project ACT Staff Meetings and any other relevant community or committee meetings related to this position.
- Support activities and events of Abilities Network when possible.
- Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor and as necessary to fulfill the mission of Abilities Network.
- Attend all internal or external meetings as designated to represent Project ACT.
What does Abilities Network need from me?
- Must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology.
- Must have relevant Licensure or Certification (LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC, BCBA)
- Must have experience working with children with challenging behaviors, mental health concerns, trauma histories, or developmental disabilities.
- Must have a minimum of 4 years of classroom experience working with children ages birth to 5.
- Must possess strong professional presentation skills.
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Must have transportation as needed to fulfill the duties of position.
- Must have availability and flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. Occasional overnight travel may be required.
- Must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs, transport materials and move about training facilities necessary to train groups effectively.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
- Coursework in curriculum and child development
- Group training experience
- Fluent Spanish
- Additional experience working with older children
What else do I get at Abilities Network?
In addition to an amazing company culture and team environment, eligible employees are entitled to an array of company benefits, including:
- Comprehensive health/dental/vision insurance
- Life/Long-term Disability insurance
- Paid time off (annual, sick, holiday)
- 403(b) Pension Plan
- Section 125 Premium Conversion Plan
- Flexible Spending Account (medical, dependent care)
- Employee Assistance Program
- Anniversary day
- Tuition reimbursement
- Employee referral bonus
- Jury duty leave
- Bereavement leave
- Free parking
Job Location: Towson (Headquarters)
Position Type: Full Time, Salaried
Abilities Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, sexual orientation, or any other category covered by applicable law.