Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Marin County is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as a Mental Health Consultant with our Early Childhood Mental Health Program. The consultant will serve infant-toddler childcare programs and preschool classrooms throughout Marin County.
Our unique and highly respected model of mental health consultation is based on building relationships and collaboration with childcare programs and staff. The work is extremely dynamic and multifaceted, and combines therapeutic techniques, clinical theory, and a strong knowledge and awareness of child development and the culture of childcare.
The Consultant will actively participate in a comprehensive training program that includes individual supervision, administrative supervision, semi-monthly case consultation and involvement in additional supervision focusing on the principles and practices of Mental Health consultation.
The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant will:
Provide case-centered consultation to childcare center staff individually and in groups regarding individual children. Consultant will meet regularly with staff and parents to assess and understand the individual needs of the child and work with the team to develop developmentally appropriate interventions.
Observe children in their childcare setting to assess functioning, relationships with caregivers and other children, and “fit” in the program.
Meet on-site at childcare program, or at home with families to complete assessments, provide developmental guidance and referrals, including linkage to clinical services. Actively assists families in referral process, to include collaboration with outside agencies, acting as a care manager, and organize and facilitate case conferences to include all service providers, classroom staff and parents, whenever necessary.
Meet regularly with the childcare staff and the director to address programmatic concerns, as requested, i.e., inter-staff relations, program-wide concerns/changes, staff turnover, curriculum.
Provide consultation to center staff on programmatic issues that affect the quality of care provided to the children. Assists staff to build and maintain productive collegial relationships with one another.
Masters degree in social work, counseling or psychology; Licensed or license eligible.
Bi-lingual Spanish/English required.
Experience as a mental health clinician specializing in psychotherapeutic work with young children and their families.
Knowledge of early development and work experience in group settings for children.
Experience with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning.
Experience with and/or knowledge of group dynamics and intervention with adults.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with benefits. Competitive compensation will depend on experience and proficiency level. We offer a robust array of benefits including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays; paid vacation and sick leave; 403(b) plan; life and disability insurance. This position is located in San Rafael, and does not offer relocation packages.
About Jewish Family and Children's Services
Since 1850, JFCS of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties has provided comprehensive, caring social services to Bay Area residents of all ages and faiths. We help people solve personal problems--from cradle to rocking chair--in order to strengthen the individual, strengthen the family and strengthen the community.
Mission Statement: Jewish Family and Children’s Services exists to provide professional and volunteer services for the purposes of developing, restoring and maintaining the competency of families and individuals of all ages. Traditionally, Jewish Family and Children’s agencies carry a special responsibility within the Jewish community for reaching out to children, the aged, those with special needs, the alienated and the dependent, and for the resettlement and acculturation of refugees and immigrants. As part of the network of Jewish community services, the Agency helps promote Jewish continuity through the provision of preventive, educational, therapeutic and supportive services, within the context of historic Jewish values, emphasizing inter-generational ties and community responsibility.