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Job Opening: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Posted: September 29, 2011

POSITION TITLE: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Job Category – Exempt, Full Time with Benefits

SALARY: $24.00/hour, negotiable based on experience

LOCATION: Saginaw, Michigan


Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded grant promoting the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development.

The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (ECMHC) provides prevention services to help adults nurture the social and emotional development of children ages birth through 8 years in licensed, registered, and enrolled child care, and works to improve the quality of care across settings.

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The ECMHC will follow the Michigan Department of Community Health, Mental Health Services to Children and Families, Child Care Expulsion Prevention model with fidelity. The individual in this position provides consultation with families and child care providers for children with social-emotional-behavioral challenges that put them at risk for expulsion from child care settings or impact their success within care. This individual also provides programmatic consultation to child care centers or home care giving practices to promote the social-emotional development of all of the children in their care. This individual will provide trainings and promote community awareness regarding social emotional health of young children. Services will be carried out in the Saginaw Community as specified by the grant application, project requirements, program fidelity criteria, and the direction of the CCEP purveyor.

• Minimum bachelors, preferred master’s degree in social work, psychology, or a related field required.
• License or license-eligible preferred.
• Level II, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Endorsement for Culturally-Sensitive, Relationship-Based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health or Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health Studies required. (If candidate selected does not have the MI-AIMH endorsement they may have one year from the date of hire to obtain a minimum level II endorsement and follow a plan of care for obtaining endorsement.)
• Minimum of two year’s experience as a mental health clinician specializing in relationship-based work with young (0-8) children and their families.
• Experience working with minorities and families in high risk environments preferred.

• Provide child/family–centered consultation when providers or parents have concerns regarding the social-emotional development of a particular infant, toddler, or young child.
• Observe and assess young children with social-emotional-behavioral risk or challenge.
• Work with parent sand providers to develop an action plan that identifies appropriate strategies/interventions for a child who needs individual support.
• Provide coaching and mentoring for parents and providers to help them implement the plan.
• Make referrals for children and their families to appropriate outside services when necessary.
• Provide discussion and training opportunities for providers and families to help them develop new skills that will enable them to understand and more effectively support the social-emotional development of all children, including those with behavioral issues (e.g., may include observation, role-modeling, etc.).
• Provide programmatic consultation as part of a child referral on certain elements of a child care program to address specific issues that affect more than one child, staff member and/or family.
• Prioritize services within the city of Saginaw and Buena Vista Township (minimum 70% of services).
• Provide services with cultural awareness and competence.
• Function as part of the Project LAUNCH local core team by providing input and attending program implementation meetings.
• Closely collaborate with early childhood providers to integrate the ECMHC program within child care settings in the community.
• Promote and heighten community awareness of the social-emotional development of young children in early care and learning settings.
• Promote and market the CCEP program in child care settings throughout the Saginaw community.
• Attend appropriate community meetings on behalf of the CCEP program to build relationships, coordinate services, and generate referrals.
• Document services, compile data and submit reports as required by CCEP purveyor and LAUNCH evaluation team.
• Meet monthly and as needed with CCEP purveyor to troubleshoot difficult cases, assure required number is served, and assure program is implemented with fidelity.
• Utilize personal computer and telephone on a daily basis.
• Travel, as required, throughout Saginaw County, and occasionally to Lansing.

• Maintain records and reports.
• Meet quality and quantity measures outlined in grant application.
• Meet deadlines for work assignments.
• Considerable travel, especially around Saginaw County and to Lansing.
• Moderate physical demand.

Applicants must have a valid State of Michigan driver’s license, and be presently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis. E.O.E.


Elizabeth Lounds
PO BOX 30195,
FAX: (517) 335-8697
No phone calls please


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