Purpose: Provide mental health services to assigned centers, to include: classroom observations, parenting consultation, short-term counseling, and staff/program consultation.
Services to Children and Families:
· Assist the program in developing program practices that are responsive to the identified behavioral/mental health concerns of children in lieu of suspension and/or expulsion.
· Provide on-site classroom observations of children, child-staff interactions and classroom functioning.
· Facilitate staffing with center personnel after observations.
· Provide solution focused brief therapy as needed.
· Make appropriate referrals when counseling is recommended.
· Provide consultation for parents and staff regarding challenging behaviors.
· Assist teachers to improve classroom management and teaching practices relevant to mental health/social emotional development.
· Assist identified families in developing support networks; particularly informal, natural support systems that will last after the family leaves Head Start.
· Provide input to the program’s Intra-Agency Concern Team regarding children in assigned caseloads with mental health, social-emotional, and behavioral concerns.
· Ensure mental health and social-emotional concerns are documented and follow-up occurs.
· Assist the Education/Disabilities Coordinator or his/her delegate in developing Individualized Behavior Plans for assigned children.
Recordkeeping and Reporting:
· Input documentation of observations, counseling sessions and consultations in the program database within 48 hours of service provision.
· Submit Personnel Action Reports in conjunction with program payroll timeframes.
· Current License or Certification as a Mental Health Provider in the State Of Oregon
· Knowledge of, and experience in serving young children and their families is Preferred
· Experience working with or in a Head Start Program is Strongly Preferred
· Sensitivity to individual and group needs of adults and children in target areas.
· Ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families.
· Ability to work effectively as a team member with staff, families and community members.
· Organizational and recordkeeping skills.
· Ability to compose memos, correspondence, reports and documentation with computer supported applications.
· Ability to meet all criteria for driving program vehicles.
· Professional level written and verbal skills.
· Current First Aid/CPR
· Current and ongoing registration with Child Care Division Central Background Registry.
· Valid Oregon driver’s license and acceptable driving record meeting the criteria for agency insurance.
· Meet all criteria for Independent Contractor status.
Necessary Physical/Mental Abilities:
· Ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task on an ongoing basis.
· Exercise sound judgment and decision-making ability in crisis situations.
· Ability to work as a team, collaborating with parents and community resources.
· Frequent driving to program sites and appointments off site.
· Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
· Ability to make frequent significant decisions in supporting parents/families.
· Ability to work independently with little supervision.
· Work effectively with families of diverse cultures, races, values and lifestyles.
· Completion of Health Appraisal including tb screening.