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9 Mar 2022

Part-Time Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

mtrudel Boston/Waltham, MA, USA 02451

Job Description

Position Summary:

Do you have a background in infant/early childhood mental health?

Do you want to build the capacity of early educators and families to support young children’s social-emotional development?

Do you want to join a team of early childhood mental health consultants dedicated to high quality, reflective practice?

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation team (I/ECMHC) at the Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS) of Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) provides infant consultation services in center-based early education and care programs to support children’s developmental and behavioral wellbeing and address the impact of trauma in statistically at-risk populations.

We are seeking an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health (I/ECMH) Consultant to provide consultation services to the staff in center-based early education and care programs, primarily located in Boston. CERS’s I/ECMH Consultants support the healthy social and emotional development of children in early care settings by building the capacity of caregivers to promote healthy child development and manage challenging behaviors. The Consultant collaborates with teachers and staff to promote growth-fostering relationships by providing a mental health perspective, including thinking about the impact of trauma and difficult life circumstances on children and their caregivers. The infant/early childhood consultant simultaneously works to understand and examine the experience of staff while processing the ways in which past and present realities, cultural background, and families of origin influence emotions and resilience in the classroom. The consultant brings new insight with her experience, knowledge and developing understanding of the players and the context in which she is working. This collaboration is achieved through the creation of safe and trusting relationships with the teachers and staff using observation, reflection, analysis, and planning.

The I/ECMH Consultant will be a part of the I/ECMH Consultation Team, which meets monthly for group supervision. Individual supervision and training will be provided by the I/ECMH Consultation Coordinator. The consultant will deliver direct, in-person consultation to early childhood educators and other center staff in center settings as determined by affiliated partner organizations.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Support the healthy social and emotional development of children in early care settings.
  • Build the capacity of caregivers to promote healthy child development and manage challenging behaviors.
  • Collaborate with early childhood teachers and center staff to promote resilience and healthy relationships among themselves and with children and families by providing a trauma-informed mental health perspective.
  • Create safe and trusting relationships with the teachers and staff at early education and care programs using observation, reflection, analysis, and planning.
  • Provide Circle of Security Groups and follow-up “Circle Stories” as needed.
  • Be available to meet with parents of children enrolled in the early education and care program to share observations and interpretations of child behaviors as well as community resources.
  • Be available to support the center staff in the event of program emergencies.
  • Participate in meetings of the I/ECMHC team.
  • Participate in regular individual supervision.
  • Attend CERS staff meetings.
  • Maintain accurate records, necessary paperwork, and complete outcome measure requirements.

Educational/Experience Requirements:

  • Post-graduate degree in mental health discipline: psychology, social work, psychiatry or mental health counseling or education degree with clinical/mental health experience.
  • Specialized training and/or experience in parent-child mental health, early education, and child development.
  • Pre-school experience and experience in providing training are encouraged.
  • Must demonstrate a knowledge of and sensitivity to the educational and socioeconomic needs of the children and families served.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and comfortably with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to be reflective and encourage self-reflection in others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and flexibly.
  • Candidates reflecting the cultural, ethnic and/or racial identities of the families served are encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual abilities preferred.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (excel, word, outlook, power point).

Hours per week: 29 – 36.25 (part-time or full-time)

To apply for this position, please send your resume along with a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. 

JF&CS is an equal opportunity employer who serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Medical/Healthcare. Job Types: Part-Time.

Job expires in 34 days.

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