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The Behavioral Health Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant will be part of the Early Childhood Mental Health team. This position is for an experienced early childhood mental health professional to deliver trauma informed classroom consultation services and training to early childhood/pre-school programs in counties surrounding Franklin County, including one position focused on the Delaware - Morrow County area.
Working directly with early childhood educators and child care providers, the consultant will help strengthen childrens social and emotional functioning through classroom observations, consultation and feedback on strategies for managing challenging behaviors using our trauma informed model and the New Ohio/Georgetown Model of Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation. They will also provide relevant trainings on early childhood topics, resources to support parent engagement and referrals for specific services and supports when appropriate.
The ECMH clinician will be skilled at engaging partners in the local communities serving very young children such as Help Me Grow, local school system, resource and referral agencies and area mental health providers. The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant will assist in facilitating outcome measures to guide to consultation and demonstrate program effectiveness. Regular reporting is required along with data collection and data entry. The BH ECMH consultant is a community based positon assigned to the Nationwide Childrens Downtown Behavioral Health location in Columbus, Ohio; however daily travel will be to the early childhood programs in the assigned region, with occasional meetings and trainings in Columbus.
The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant will provide culturally appropriate interactions and interventions across all professional and clinical settings.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provides Early Childhood Mental Health consultation at site/classroom/individual child levels and offers referrals/resources when needed.
2. Develops and provides training to childcare centers/preschools on social & emotional development, trauma-informed care and principles, emotional regulation, impact of adversity and toxic stress on brain development and early childhood learning.
3. Incorporates trauma-informed care philosophy, practices and strategies in all activities.
4. Remains current in required licensure and clinical or other training as required.
5. Minimum of 2 years experience in ECMH. Preference given to ECMH credential and/or currently approved Ohio Professional Development Network (OPDN) Registry trainer; if not currently approved, must apply immediately to become an approved trainer
6. Employs strategies of intervention that are consistent with empirically supported treatments and consistent with program expectations.
7. Completes data collection, data entry and required reports and other related administrative paperwork in accordance with program timelines and standards.
8. Practices within professional areas of expertise and under the supervision of an independently licensed practitioner (if required).
9. Maintains productivity expectations.
10. Effectively coordinates client care with other service providers and community resources to assure continuity of care.
11. Works collaboratively with other ECMH Consultants in other regions to meet the needs of the service delivery areas.
12. Meets regularly with Clinical Lead Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator or designee.
13. Attends routine statewide or regional ECMH staff meetings, trainings and conferences as required.
14. Attends in-service trainings, peer review and other intra-agency and supervisory activities.
15. Demonstrates willingness to seek/accept direct supervision as well as respect productive feedback from colleagues and others.
16. Strives to maintain positive patient satisfaction.
17. Supports the philosophy, goals and mission of Nationwide Childrens Hospital.
18. Performs other duties as assigned by Clinical Coordinator or Administrator.
Knowledge , skills and abilities required
1. Bachelors degree from an accredited university or professional school of Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Child Development/Early Childhood Education or related field.
2. Masters degree preferred with appropriate Ohio licensure.
3. Minimum of 2 years experience in ECMH.
4. Training in early childhood and related evidence-based treatment models such as Incredible Years, PCIT, Child-Parent Psychotherapy preferred. Training/experience in trauma treatment or trauma-informed practices preferred
5. Comprehensive knowledge of child growth and development and family systems which impact on the development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
6. Ability to use appropriate assessment tools to determine the current developmental levels of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and to link those assessments to program plans.
7. Knowledge of state and community programs and early intervention and special needs preschool resources is desirable.
8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with patients, families, peers and community representatives.
9. To maintain reliable transportation, and both an acceptable driving record and automobile insurance, with acceptable coverage for business driving/transporting of consumers, in accordance with NCH policies;
Minimum Physical Requirements
Sitting, driving Constantly (67-100%)
Talking on phone/in person Constantly (67-100%)
Typing on a keyboard Occasionally (0-33%)
Standing/walking Constantly (67-100%)