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Infant Toddler Specialist and Mental Health Consultant-ITRC

Overview

The Infant Toddler Specialist is responsible for providing developmentally appropriate, research based basic and intensive technical assistance, training, support and assistance to infant/toddler center classrooms and family child care programs serving or having the potential to serve infants and toddlers. As part of a regional component of a statewide initiative, the Infant Toddler Specialist will work collaboratively with regional and state colleagues.

The Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultant will provide a broad range of services that focus on supporting the relationships between young children and the adults in their lives, including infant and toddler mental health consultation in classrooms, family child care homes and through home visits; assessment and referral services; and providing trainings and coaching. The Consultant will also collect required data, maintain records, and support compliance with child care regulations. As part of a regional component of a statewide initiative, the Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultant will work collaboratively with regional and state colleagues.

Responsibilities and Duties

INFANT TODDLER SPECIALIST

    Help design and deliver comprehensive intensive technical assistance to infant/toddler programs that is assessment driven, utilizing the ITERS/ECERS/ASQ/ASQ-SE and includes a formal plan of action, technical assistance visits, resources, post assessment and documentation of the process

    Assist programs with starting or expanding services via training, technical assistance or information on how to assess training and/or technical assistance

    Provide/Develop high quality, interactive trainings in-person or virtually to infant toddler programs that result in increased knowledge as evidenced by a post-training evaluation

    Use internal data to prepare comprehensive, well-organized and thoughtful reports as required by grants

    Make presentations to community partners about the availability of the services offered by the program

    Create and distribute a monthly provider newsletter.

    Create and host provider/staff networking sessions at least quarterly.Develop,

    Coordinate and host at least quarterly parenting networking/educational/playgroups, rotating locations to serve both counties.

INFANT TODDLER MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT

    Provide programmatic and child-specific infant and toddler mental health consultation to teaching staff, center directors, child care providers, and parents.

    Facilitate the retention of children with challenging behaviors by providing consultation and prevention services and by facilitating positive mental health environments in classrooms and homes.

    Assess strengths and challenges within the infant toddler setting/environment, as well as, teacher/provider practice.

    Support infant/toddler staff in creating a prosocial learning environment and classroom management strategies.

    Develop and conduct training and workshops for child care program staff and parents on a regular and as needed basis.Work with early childhood program administration to develop inclusive policies for working with children.

    Attend site meetings as appropriate; including case conferences.Conduct observations and assessments of individual children as assigned or referred for consultation using developmental, social and emotional screening tools (DECA, IT CHILD).

    Meet with families to consult on child and family needs and create or follow- up on plans to support these needs.

    Facilitate interdisciplinary teams with child care programs staff, early intervention staff, and community mental health organizations.

    Provide guidance and model developmentally appropriate activities for children and effective ways to work with and support young children.

    Be able to use data analysis for interpretation & planning for effective execution of daily work.

    Maintain consistent and accurate documentation specific to position and navigate the statewide database.

    Attend Staff meetings and training as required by the agency and regional lead IT agency

Qualifications

BA/BA in early childhood education or related field (Psychology, Counseling or Social Work)

At least 3 years’ experience in early childhood education field or family/child counseling.

Knowledge of:

    Infant, toddler, and early mental health and development and service system.

    differences in mental health services and concepts across cultures.

    Boundaries between consultation and clinical work.


Experience with:

    Provide programmatic and child-specific infant and toddler mental health consultation to teaching staff, center directors, child care providers, and parents.

    Facilitate the retention of children with challenging behaviors by providing consultation and prevention services and by facilitating positive mental health environments in classrooms and homes.

    Assess strengths and challenges within the infant toddler setting/environment, as well as, teacher/provider practice.Support infant/toddler staff in creating a prosocial learning environment and classroom management strategies.

    Develop and conduct training and workshops for child care program staff and parents on a regular and as needed basis.Work with early childhood program administration to develop inclusive policies for working with children.

    Attend site meetings as appropriate; including case conferences.

    Conduct observations and assessments of individual children as assigned or referred for consultation using developmental, social and emotional screening tools (DECA, IT CHILD).

    Meet with families to consult on child and family needs and create or follow- up on plans to support these needs.

    Facilitate interdisciplinary teams with child care programs staff, early intervention staff, and community mental health organizations.

    Provide guidance and model developmentally appropriate activities for children and effective ways to work with and support young children.

    Be able to use data analysis for interpretation & planning for effective execution of daily work.

    Maintain consistent and accurate documentation specific to position and navigate the statewide database.

    Attend Staff meetings and training as required by the agency and regional lead IT agency

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Hudson/Greene County

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