Social Worker/Therapist
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers - Boca Raton, FL

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DESCRIPTION

This position will identify, inform and support teachers and parents of children's behavioral health concerns and provide referrals to access needed treatment and support services. This position will actively role model behavioral interventions in the classroom setting.

DUTIES

  • Solicit parental information, observation & concerns about their child's mental health.
  • Observe all Head Start children within the first 45 days of enrollment and document when identified at risk.
  • Share staff observations of their children and discuss and anticipate with parents their child's behavior and development, including separation and attachment issues.
  • Participate in multi-staff meetings conducted 3 times a year on all Head Start children to discuss any concerns with children or family.
  • Children with mental health concerns will be individually observed after parental permission is obtained.
o Develop behavior plan with parent/teachers, if indicated.
o Facilitate a multi-disciplinary meeting with parents, family services specialists, Local LEA and disabilities team.
o Discuss concerns and make any necessary recommendations/referrals, including, if needed, ways to help children deal with separation/attachment issues.
o Follow up on any referrals made.
  • Discuss and identify with parents appropriate responses to their children's behavior.
  • Provide resources on age appropriate developmental stages and parenting issues during Parent Orientation.
  • Provide parent and staff training on effective behavior management of children, and other pertinent issues, including Child Abuse and Neglect and Domestic Violence.
  • Discuss how to strengthen nurturing, supportive environments and relationships in the home and at the centers.
  • Assist teachers in planning educational programs to include mental health components
  • Attend parent meetings to help parent further their child's development at home
  • Assess classroom settings for Mental Health posters, quiet centers, and interactions with staff.
  • Help parents to better understand mental health issues.
o During Orientation, orient parents about the mental health component and available services, including posting the mental health hours and days available
o Conduct on-site mental health counseling and training for parents.
o Provide parents list of available mental health resources.
  • Support parents' participation in any needed mental health intervention.
o Access written permission for any intervention.
o With the cooperation of family services, assist parents in finding assistance to pay for needed services.
  • Provide sufficient frequency and timely and effective identification of any intervention in family and staff concerns about a child's mental health at East and West Centers.
  • Must be available to families by appointment.
  • General classroom observations of the children and staff will be conducted at least 2 times a year.
o Discuss failed behavior screenings at staff meetings and implement referrals.
  • Design and implement program practices responsive to the identified behavior and mental health concerns of an individual child or group of children.
  • Advise teachers to write in the observation book when a child exhibits behavior concerns.
o If necessary, individually observe the child, with parent permission. Contact parents and develop a behavior plan, with parents and teachers input. Refer parents to outside resources for additional evaluation. Offer suggestions to teachers on curricula enhancements. Have periodic conferences with parents and staff to share ideas for supporting children who have been identified as needing special help.
  • Utilize other community mental health resources, as needed.
  • Refer and link parent to the appropriate community mental health resources.
  • Advocate on behalf of the child and family by monitoring the follow up and transitional follow through of the resource as needed.
  • Create and maintain a list of available mental health resources and provide list to parents.
QUALIFICATIONS

Must have a Master's Degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling and be licensed or registered under Florida Statute 491. Must have at least 3 years experience working with young children and their families in an early childhood education setting. * Solicit parental information, observation & concerns about their child's mental health.
  • Observe all Head Start children within the first 45 days of enrollment and document when identified at risk.
  • Share staff observations of their children and discuss and anticipate with parents their child's behavior and development, including separation and attachment issues.
  • Participate in multi-staff meetings conducted 3 times a year on all Head Start children to discuss any concerns with children or family.
  • Children with mental health concerns will be individually observed after parental permission is obtained.
o Develop behavior plan with parent/teachers, if indicated.
o Facilitate a multi-disciplinary meeting with parents, family services specialists, Local LEA and disabilities team.
o Discuss concerns and make any necessary recommendations/referrals, including, if needed, ways to help children deal with separation/attachment issues.
o Follow up on any referrals made.
  • Discuss and identify with parents appropriate responses to their children's behavior.
  • Provide resources on age appropriate developmental stages and parenting issues during Parent Orientation.
  • Provide parent and staff training on effective behavior management of children, and other pertinent issues, including Child Abuse and Neglect and Domestic Violence.
  • Discuss how to strengthen nurturing, supportive environments and relationships in the home and at the centers.
  • Assist teachers in planning educational programs to include mental health components
  • Attend parent meetings to help parent further their child's development at home
  • Assess classroom settings for Mental Health posters, quiet centers, and interactions with staff.
  • Help parents to better understand mental health issues.
o During Orientation, orient parents about the mental health component and available services, including posting the mental health hours and days available
o Conduct on-site mental health counseling and training for parents.
o Provide parents list of available mental health resources.
  • Support parents' participation in any needed mental health intervention.
o Access written permission for any intervention.
o With the cooperation of family services, assist parents in finding assistance to pay for needed services.
  • Provide sufficient frequency and timely and effective identification of any intervention in family and staff concerns about a child's mental health at East and West Centers.
  • Must be available to families by appointment.
  • General classroom observations of the children and staff will be conducted at least 2 times a year.
o Discuss failed behavior screenings at staff meetings and implement referrals.
  • Design and implement program practices responsive to the identified behavior and mental health concerns of an individual child or group of children.
  • Advise teachers to write in the observation book when a child exhibits behavior concerns.
o If necessary, individually observe the child, with parent permission. Contact parents and develop a behavior plan, with parents and teachers input. Refer parents to outside resources for additional evaluation. Offer suggestions to teachers on curricula enhancements. Have periodic conferences with parents and staff to share ideas for supporting children who have been identified as needing special help.
  • Utilize other community mental health resources, as needed.
  • Refer and link parent to the appropriate community mental health resources.
  • Advocate on behalf of the child and family by monitoring the follow up and transitional follow through of the resource as needed.
  • Create and maintain a list of available mental health resources and provide list to parents.

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