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Mental Health and Inclusion Specialist

For more than one hundred years, the Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) has given participants and their families the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. Each year, CTL works with over 3,000 people from more than 1,000 families in Tarrant County to provide comprehensive services no matter where they are on their journey from poverty to prosperity. CTL's services are trauma-informed, two-generational, and incorporate best practices rooted in nationally backed research to ensure women and children achieve long-term success.

Center for Transforming Lives has an immediate opening in our growing Child and Family Services department for a Mental Health and Inclusion Specialist.

At Center for Transforming Lives, our innovative and collaborative teams work to build better futures for women and children experiencing homelessness. As a Mental Health and Inclusion Specialist, you will support the Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) programs within Child and Family Services, by providing support, guidance, and training in the areas of mental and behavioral health and inclusion to staff and families of children enrolled in these programs.

The Mental Health and Inclusion Specialist will provide classroom and individual child observations as needed and provide written and oral strengths-based feedback to staff and parents. Assistance will be provided to deliver services for children with atypical behavior or development. This role will also work closely with the CTL Clinical team, Help Me Grow North Texas, Early Childhood Intervention, and the Independent School Districts to provide follow-up, referrals, and consultations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide regular classroom observations utilizing an approved, standardized mental health/behavioral, and/or social-emotional observation tool. Provide reports on the observations and, if indicated, intervention plans.   
  • Provides support visits for the Home-Based program when necessary to provide support and guidance to home visitors and other HS/EHS staff. 
  • Assists HS/EHS management staff in the development and implementation of program practices responsive to identified behavioral and mental health concerns of an individual child or group of children, including working with staff and parents 
  • Attends center staffing to provide feedback on observations and/or intervention plans  
  • Participates in meetings with management/supervisory staff when areas needing improvement are identified  
  • Tracks all IEP and IFSPs and children with identified concerns and provides follow-up.
  • Conducts standardized screens and assessments and formulates and writes support plans.
  • Supports families by coordinating inclusion services with Part B services; attends multi-disciplinary team meetings; supports children and families through these processes 
  • Provides training for CTL HS/EHS program staff and childcare staff  
  • Provides training at Parent Committee meetings to help parents better understand mental health issues, helping to strengthen supportive environments and relationships in the home, and helping to guide appropriate responses to the child’s behavior and leads and facilitates provider training and/or parent education groups.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Social Work, or related field. 
  • At least two years of experience providing mental health and inclusion services.
  • Expertise in serving young children (6 weeks – 36 months) and their families.
  • Preferred experience in Head Start or Early Head Start program.
  • Preferred bilingual, with oral and written skills in Spanish and English.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

  • Infant and early childhood mental health 
  • Differences in mental health services and concepts across cultures 
  • Child mental health services system 
  • Knowledge and ability to support all children with special needs 
  • Use results of observations, screens, and assessments to guide work with families and childcare staff, set goals, and develop individualized plans 
  • Track and follow up on all children with potential developmental and social-emotional concerns

Competitive compensation and benefits; wage commensurate with experience and education. Please send resume with salary requirements to spena@transforminglives.org.

For more information, please visit www.transforminglives.org. If you are ready to be part of a team that is transforming the lives of women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty in Tarrant County, please apply today.

Center for Transforming Lives is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and participates in E-Verify.