Reports To: Early Childhood Attachment Supervisor
Beginning Pay: $36,000 - $39,000
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
D.A. Blodgett St. John’s is seeking a full-time Early Childhood Attachment therapist to provide Infant Mental Health services to children under 5 and their families. This therapist will conduct assessments, provide therapy, educate on child development and provide parent education in the home and during parenting visits if applicable to families for the purpose of improving attachment/parent-child bond. The therapist will work as part of a team along with their direct supervisor and reflective consultant. The ability to collaborate with referral sources and foster care is highly desired. Services will be provided during the day, afternoon, and early evenings by working a flexible schedule.
DA BLODGETT – ST. JOHN’S
Early Childhood Attachment
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
NATURE OF WORK
Early Childhood Attachment Services is designed to provide home based parent-infant support and clinical intervention services to families where the parent’s condition and life circumstances, or the characteristics of the infant, threaten the parent-infant attachment and consequent social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive development of the infant. Services are designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of abuse, neglect, developmental delays, behavioral issues, and emotional disturbances.
I. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop therapeutic relationships with families and their very young children
- Assess the needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families
- Monitor child development using developmental assessments
- Provide parent-child psychotherapy and play therapy
- Provide crisis intervention
- Provide parents with education, resources and training pertaining to child and family development
- Coordinate services with other professionals involved with the family
- Advocate on behalf of children and their families to help them meet their needs
- Assist families in scheduling evaluations as needed
- Help to identify and eliminate barriers to services
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with people and organizations in the community.
- Participate in clinical supervision, team meetings case consultations and trainings
- Complete clinical documentation in a timely manner
- Achieve productivity goals
- Able to meet clients and their families in non-traditional settings, i.e. client’s home, restaurant, or public place.
- Assist supervisor with family education, training, and support group activities when needed.
- Agency-related duties include: attendance at general staff meetings, departmental meetings, cooperation with other departments within the Agency, timely completion of paperwork (to include mileage, vacation/sick slips, sign-out sheets, etc.).
- Staff members may be assigned to assist with other duties by the administration. Examples include: speeches, public relations and promotions, recruitment, special committees or task forces, or work with the agency’s committees.
- In addition to scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. work hours, a staff member will be responsible to accommodate his/her personal schedule to clients' availability. Staff will be accessible, maintaining flexible hours, seven days a week. If staff is unavailable, he/she will have team backup available for clients. This availability will also include group meetings, special events, and after Agency hours and appointments and telephone contacts. It is expected that Therapists will work at least 40 hours per week prior to requesting compensatory time.
- Other responsibilities shall include those set forth in Agency personnel policies as amended.
II. MINIMUM PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Candidates must have a Masters in Social Work or related field from an accredited program and the corresponding State of Michigan Licensure (LLMSW, LMSW, TLLP, LP, LLPC, LPC).
- Candidates should have or be working toward a level II or III MI-AIMH Endorsement.
- Additional requirements include: knowledge of child development, a non judgmental approach that reflects cultural sensitivity to the unique and diverse experiences of families served, the ability to assess and intervene within complex family and community systems, and a willingness to be flexible, patient and creative.
- Candidate must demonstrate competencies in the following areas: observation of parent/child interaction, developmental assessment, diagnostic skills, understanding of the parallel process in therapeutic work, and collaboration with internal and external providers.
- The ability to provide effective individual, family, and group therapy skills.
- Valid driver's license, good driving record and adequate insurance with a car available at all times.
- Ability to work with a variety of people both within and outside the Agency. Must promote a positive image for the Agency in the community and in relationships with other agencies and their personnel.
- Become familiar with and follow the code of ethics for your profession and agree to abide by the related agency standards.
- Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity, and ability to establish meaningful therapeutic relationships and a capacity to make sound decisions.
- Acceptance of supervision in order to improve needs assessment case management and treatment skills.
- A positive, optimistic, and accepting attitude
- A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of child development and child management.
- Extensive knowledge of community resources.
- Assertiveness, flexibility, self-organization, and self-direction.
- Knowledge of differing lifestyles and cultures, experience or training in work with children or adults, understanding and knowledge of clinical issues of foster and adopted children and families, training or practice in individual or group counseling, interviewing, family assessment, and crisis intervention.
- Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity, and the ability to establish meaningful rapport and maintain mutual respect with people from various cultures.
- Personal qualities of organizational skills, assertiveness, good judgment, conscientiousness, attention to detail, and timeliness.
- Good moral character.
- A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.