Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for Consultation Programs
$47,100 - $51,000 yearly
IL Action for Children
8741 South Greenwood, Chicago, IL 60619
Nonprofit - Social Services
Under the direction of the Director and/or Assistant Director of Consultation Programs, the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant will provide ongoing, relationship-based infant mental health consultation, technical assistance, support, professional development, referrals and follow-up to community based services. The ECMHC will provide infant mental health consultation services to childcare centers and family childcare homes within Illinois Action for Children’s designated community partner service areas. The ECMHC will work proactively to assist teachers to expand their individual capacity, educate, advocate, promote, and advance the understanding and importance of children’s social emotional development and its relationship to learning and cognition, as well as support for children and families and their mental health needs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provide on-going infant mental health consultation and technical assistance through a semi-embedded consultation model for childcare centers and family childcare homes.
2. Focus of consultation
Support to educators and administrators, targeted to increase knowledge, build competency and capacity to support children’s social emotional development and cognition. Working with families in an effort to inform, support, educate, and provide viable resources.
Establish and maintain supportive relationships with early childhood teachers, directors, and support staff.
Work in partnership with teachers and administrators to assess consultation needs (child-focused, program-focused, and/or classroom-focused); secure consultation agreements, collaborate on the development and planning of consultative plans; address targeted needs, goals, and intended outcomes for educators/program staff regarding children’s social-emotional needs and development.
Conduct planning and goal setting in collaboration with administrators and teachers.
Provide on-going consultation to administrators, teachers, parents.
Implement follow-up process on referrals.
Facilitate professional development trainings, aligned with the goals of consultation.
3. Facilitate referrals as needed, assist providers and families with linkage to appropriate resources—such as Early Intervention, school-based special education and enrichment programs, mental health agencies/providers.
4. Assist in the gathering of data, recording and inputting data for the aggregation and preparation of reports as required by IAFC and funding agencies.
5. Maintain a client-load of 15 providers, a combination of childcare centers and family childcare homes.
6. Attend bi-monthly reflective individual supervision and reflective group supervision, and monthly reflective group learning sessions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Early Childhood Development or a related field.
Minimum of five years of direct practice providing therapeutic services to children 0-5 and/or families with young children.
Minimum of three years of experience providing consultation services.
Knowledge of child development, understanding of family dynamics and the importance of child-caregiver and family-caregiver relationships.
Valid driver’s license, access to reliable personal transportation with insurance.
Location: 8741 S. Greenwood, Chicago, IL 60619 Salary: $47,100 - $51,000
Illinois Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer.
Our work is to ensure that every child in Illinois — particularly those in need — have access to the resources to succeed in school and in life. Since our founding in 1969, Illinois Action for Children has worked to create systems of early care and education that help strengthen families and communities.
Our program areas include public policy and advocacy, child care supports, early childhood education including Pre-K and Head Start, family and community engagement, and community building and organizing. We also administer the IDHS Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) for Cook County, helping more than 50,000 families pay for child care each month.