Infant and Toddler Mental Health Consultant
Child Development Resources (CDR) located in Williamsburg, VA inspires and empowers children, families, and early childhood professionals to reach their full potential, whatever their challenges. The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network, a program of Child Development Resources, is searching for Infant and Toddler Mental Health Consultants to work remotely in the following regions with travel required throughout the region, and the state of Virginia. North Central region which includes the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and the cities of Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Northern region which includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church. Valley region which includes the counties of Albermarle, Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Greene, Highland, Madison, Orange, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, and cities of Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester. The Infant and Toddler Mental Health Consultant will increase caregivers/teachers, directors and families use of strategies and practices to promote the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers and address challenging behaviors. Education Requirements: A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a child-related field or a field related to the provision of mental health consultation. A master's degree is preferred. Experience Requirements: A minimum of three years of direct service which includes at least one year of direct work with infants and toddlers; a minimum of one year of experience working with adults (eg training, mentoring, or leading caregivers/teachers); 25-40 hours of previously delivered training experience; and currently endorsed in Virginia in the Infant Mental Health Endorsement at Level II (Infant Family Specialist), Level III (Infant Mental Health Specialist) or Level IV Clinical (Infant Mental Health Mentor) or apply for the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement and follow through on obtainment of the Endorsement and annual renewals, if accepted. Qualifications: Must possess a strong knowledge base in child growth and development, including social emotional development in children birth to three. Must possess excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills, the ability to mentor and coach adult learners, the capacity to build collaborative partnerships with stakeholders and community partners, and provide services that are culturally competent and appropriate to the needs of the target audience. Must possess the capacity to plan and conduct training for adults. Must exercise independent judgment and initiative in working with stakeholders, infant/toddler (IT) caregivers/teachers, directors, families, and staff to carry out regional activities. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate orally in person, by telephone, and in writing with stakeholders, IT caregivers/teachers, directors, families, and those from diverse populations. Must possess knowledge of mental health prevention and promotion including integration of social emotional development supports in child care settings as well as screening and assessment. Must possess knowledge of best practices to provide a family-centered approach to consultation. Must possess the skills and ability to use equipment necessary to carry out job responsibilities (eg computer and training software, cell/telephone, facsimile machine, projectors, digital cameras, and video recorders). Must be able to travel throughout the region, including overnight travel as needed. Please visit Careers on our website at www.cdr.org to view a complete description of the duties and responsibilities. The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network is a program of Child Development Resources, and is supported by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Grant #93.575, with funds made available to Virginia from the US Department of Health and Human Services. CDR is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.