Spanish Speaking Mental Health & Development Clinician

Background

The Child First model is an evidence-based, two-generation intervention that works with very vulnerable young children (prenatal through age 5 years) and their families, providing intensive, home-based services to decrease the incidence of serious mental health problems, developmental and learning disabilities, and abuse and neglect. Child First provides (1) a psychotherapeutic, dyadic intervention to strengthen the parent-child relationship, and (2) care coordination to connect the family to needed services and supports.

Position Summary

The licensed bilingual Child First Clinician works in partnership with a Bachelor’s level Care Coordinator to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention. The goal of Child First is to strengthen the caregiver-child relationship so that it serves both as a protective buffer to unavoidable stress and directly facilitates the child’s emotional, language, and cognitive growth. The Child First team usually carries twelve (12) to sixteen (16) families and completes 12 to 14 home visits each week. Home visits may vary based upon the intensity of services needed, success of planned visits and travel time. The Child First Clinician visits twice per week during the assessment period (First month) and then once a week or more; depending on the needs of the child and family. After assessment, Clinicians and Care Coordinators may visit together or separately, based on the individual family needs. Visits last One (1) to One-and-one-half (1.5) hours.

Qualifications

  • Licensed mental health provider (LCSW, LMFT, LPC, licensed clinical psychologist, other) required unless approved by Child First model Developers.
  • Knowledge of relationship-based, psychodynamic intervention and early child development; parent-child relationships and attachment theory; effects of trauma and environmental risks on early childhood brain development, especially violence exposure, maternal depression, and substance abuse; and community-level risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness).
  • Experience working psychotherapeutically with children and families, including parent-child therapeutic work and play therapy with very young children(0-5 years), for a minimum of three (3) years.
  • Experience providing mental health assessment and consultation to early care and education providers.
  • Knowledge and experience working with adults with mental health, substance use, and cognitive challenges.
  • Experience providing intervention within diverse home and community settings.
  • Openness to learning, capacity for self-reflection, and eagerness to participate in reflective clinical supervision.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) Required.

Core Performance Factors

  • Engage family in a comprehensive initial assessment of the strengths and needs of the child and family in a collaborative process (i.e, gather information from interviews, observations of interactions and play, reviewed records, collateral sources, and standardized measures).
  • Use all available information to develop a thoughtful, well-integrated clinical formulation and Child and Family Plan of Care, in partnership with the Care Coordinator and family.
  • Provide Child First home-based psychotherapeutic intervention with young children and their caregivers using relational, dyadic psychotherapy (CPP) and other modalities.
  • Help the caregiver gain insight regarding personal history (including trauma history), feelings for the child, and current parenting practices.
  • Help caregivers understand typical developmental challenges and expectations.
  • Increase caregivers’ ability to reflect on the meaning and feelings motivating a child’s behavior.
  • Avert crisis situations by assisting the family in times of urgent need (e.g., risk of harm to child or caregiver, pending child removal), in consultation with the Care Coordinator and Clinical Director.
  • Provide mental health and developmental assessment and consultation within early care and education settings and to other early childhood providers.
  • Embrace use of videotaping to enhance both therapeutic work with families and reflective supervision.
  • Engage in weekly individual, team, and group reflective clinical supervision with Clinical Director.
  • Engage actively in all aspects of the Child First Learning Collaborative, including in-person trainings, distance learning curriculum, and specialty trainings.
  • Keep all appropriate documentation for clinical accountability and reimbursement.
  • Participate in other clinical and administrative activities as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and other community providers, as needed, to meet the needs of the child and family.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule that is based on the needs of each family served.

Policy and Procedure

  • Follow general agency rules and regulations as defined in the FCA Personnel Polices and Practices
  • Abide by all practice standards of the evidence based Child First model
  • Uphold all responsibilities as a mandated reporter for the state of CT
  • Maintain necessary state licensure(s)

Required Skills and Atitudes

  • Ability to perform with grace under pressure and be adaptable to changing situations.
  • Ability to resolve interpersonal conflict in a straightforward and timely manner.
  • Ability to perform in a team, share responsibilities and duties.
  • Ability to be patient, friendly, empathic and an adept communicator.
  • Ability to treat both coworkers and clients with respect.
  • Ability to incorporate core agency values into daily practice.
  • Must be able to work independently regularly exercising discretion and judgment.
  • Must be organized, self-motivated, nurturing, self-reflective and flexible.
  • Must have strong problem solving, crisis intervention and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, interfacing with clients, psychiatrist, state agents as well as with administrative and support staff.
  • Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
  • Ability to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent and equitable manner.

Position Requirements

  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must dress professionally and appropriate to the variety of tasks performed.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule which is based on the needs of each family, consisting of at least one (1) evening a week.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, reliable, and flexible (including willingness to work non-
  • traditional hours, including at least one evening).
  • Must be available for weekly on-call responsibilities, beginning Monday at 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
  • Must effectively represent agency’s interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among coworkers, public, private and professional groups.
  • Must have a strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Child First.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,320.00 - $65,520.00 per year

Experience:

  • social work with children: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

  • Master's (Required)

License:

  • LPCA, LMSW, MFTA (Required)

Language:

  • Spanish (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.