Mental Health, Social Services, Therapist/Counselor
POSITION SUMMARY: This position is a member of the Right Start team, Mental Health Center of Denver’s outpatient infant mental health team. Right Start provides comprehensive services for children ages birth to five and their families, as well as pregnant women. Our team of psychologists and therapists work exclusively with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families to offer comprehensive, trauma-informed, culturally proficient, relationship-based interventions including: Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT and other clinical interventions as necessary. We also provide treatment to women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that threaten to affect infant development.
The young children and families we serve present with a broad range of infant mental health concerns, but frequently have experienced trauma, abuse/neglect, removal from or loss of a primary caregiver, and as a result are exhibiting post traumatic stress symptoms, behavioral challenges, depression, anxiety and/or distressed/disordered parent-child relationships. The primacy of parent-infant relationship is central to our work and thus the services offered are dyadic in nature. This position is also responsible for maintaining compliance to documentation standards for all work performed. Bilingual Spanish preferred but not required.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: •Provide diagnostic mental health assessments of children ages 5 and under including assessing social-emotional functioning and parent-child relationship functioning. •Provide infant-parent, child-parent and family therapy services to children ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Typical treatment modalities include Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and TF-CBT. This includes providing clinical services to pregnant and/or post partum women experiencing perinatal mood/ anxiety concerns that can impact the mental health of their infant. •Support caregivers regarding typical emotional development and provide developmental guidance regarding challenging behaviors. •Provide psycho-education and support groups for families/caregivers. •Coordinate services with community partners and providers to support positive behavioral health, and social/emotional development in very young children. •Provide case management services, including referral assistance, advocacy and support to families in accessing community resources. •Maintain accurate and timely clinical documentation consistent with agency standards. •Participate in team meetings, in-services and supervisory sessions as required. •Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.
EDUCATION: Master’s Degree (or higher) in Psychology, Social Work, or other human service field. Licensed (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, Psychologist).
EXPERIENCE: At least three years’ experience working with children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers in a mental health setting.
SKILLS: Knowledge infant mental health theory & child development within the first five years of life (including attachment theory and early relationship development). Knowledge of issues related to infant/early childhood emotional health (e.g., prematurity, failure to thrive, trauma, adolescent parenthood, maternal depression, domestic violence and its impact on families, grief and loss, substance use). Knowledge of methods of dyadic psychotherapy in the first five years and disorders of infancy and toddlerhood (i.e., DC:0-3R). Ability to use a variety of therapeutic techniques with young children and their caregivers. (CPP and PCIT experience strongly preferred). Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices. Ability to assess crisis/emergency situations and intervene appropriately. Ability to keep accurate detailed records and to comply with accountability requirements. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively on teams, both interagency and in the community. Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. Bilingual Spanish is strongly preferred.
WORKING CONDITIONS: May require one evening per week until 7pm.
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