Early Learning Mental Health Consultant - Yakima
Job Details
Yakima - , WA
Full Time

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Position Summary:

The Early Learning Mental Health Consultant will provide assessment and child and family goals for children birth to 5 receiving services in ECLIPSE therapeutic classrooms and integrated into Early ECEAP (infant and toddlers) and Preschool ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program). The position will be responsible for observation and consultation in classrooms to implement behavior plans in the childs designated classroom. Treatment and case management with the family will be a primary responsibility of the Early Learning Mental Health Consultant.


Provide screening and assessment of ECLIPSE children.

  • Screen children with the 0-4 CANS and other designated tools, observe the parent-child interaction, and develop a child and family plan, which will be used to implement the family treatment goals and the classroom behavior plan.
  • Coordinate child and family plan with the Early Learning Family and Classroom Specialist and teaching staff.

Provide ongoing treatment with ECLIPSE children and families.

  • Provide treatment services indicated in the child and family plan with parents of ECLIPSE children, including positive parenting skills and implementing behavior plans consistent with the classroom.

Provide classroom support and follow up with classroom staff regarding classroom interventions, childrens progress or concerns, and family needs.

  • Establish and nurture collaborative relationships with teachers and teacher assistants to support the needs of each child.
  • Provide observations and consultation in the classroom as needed and designated in the childs behavior plan.
  • Support the classroom teacher and team when a child is experiencing a tantrum or behavior that requires immediate attention.
  • Reinforce and implement behavioral health practices in an early learning setting.

Work collaboratively with the Early Learning Family and Classroom Specialist to make referrals to community services.

Meet productivity standards of 50% of time in direct services including family treatment and home visits, child and family or multi-disciplinary team meetings, classroom consultation, case management, etc.

Facilitate multidisciplinary meetings with parents, referral sources, and allied service providers as needed.

  • Facilitate and participate in child and family staffings and MDT meetings as required to ensure coordination of services within the classroom and with allied providers.
  • Ensure informal supports, schools, social workers, and allied services providers are included in the MDT.

Complete all required documentation.

  • Document all family and home visits, community meetings, multi-disciplinary meetings, classroom consultations and other contacts on calendar daily.
  • Document all phone calls, family and home visits, contacts with allied service providers, classroom consultation, including date, time, persons present, and how it relates to the child/family plan. Documentation should occur within 24 hours in the childs record.
  • Maintain communication with assigned social workers and referral sources regarding child and family progress.

Attend and participate in staff meetings, child and family team meetings, trainings, and individual and group supervision.

  • Communicate directly with supervisor with any questions regarding the formulation or implementation of behavior management plans, treatment, etc.
  • Staff cases that require team coordination or therapeutic input with supervisor.
  • Participate in child and family team meeting with colleagues in ECEAP or Early ECEAP if a child is dually enrolled.
  • Communicate effectively by sharing concerns openly and honestly with appropriate staff members.

Observe confidentiality in all aspects of the job.

  • Abide by Washington State law as a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect.
  • Document all Child Protective Service reports as required with review by supervisor.

Perform other Duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

The following requirements are those that are normally required for performance of this position. Any disabled applicant or incumbent who does not meet one or more of the requirements, but who can perform the essential function of the job (with or without reasonable accommodations) shall be deemed to meet these requirements.

Physical Requirements:

This position normally requires the physical demands of standing, walking, bending, lifting or performing other work requiring low physical exertion, as well as keyboard fingering, talking, hearing and adequate vision on a regular basis to perform the job requirements. These physical demands are required up to 90% of the time.

Non-Physical Requirements:


  • Masters degree in Behavioral Health or a related field


  • 2 years experience in Behavioral Health or Early Learning preferred

Special Skills

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Knowledge of evidenced-based and best practices in behavioral health with young children
  • Knowledge of Washington Administrative Code for Child Care Providers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated reflective practice skills with the ability to give and receive feedback
  • Value and respect all people, their family culture, heritage, language and beliefs
  • Maintain professional working relationships with child care providers, community partners and stakeholders
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Maintain confidentiality according to professional standards
  • Knowledge of service delivery area and resources
  • Knowledge of the CANS 0-4, Ages and Stages Developmental Screening (ASQ-3, ASQ-SE), and other early childhood assessments beneficial
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Licensure, Registration, Certification

  • Agency Affiliated Counselor or Licensed Mental Health therapist
  • Valid Washington State drivers license and minimum required liability insurance
  • TB Testing, Department of Early Learning Background check

Employment is conditional upon:

  • Being cleared by criminal background check and fingerprinting when required

It is the practice of Catholic Charities to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color national origin, gender (with or without sexual conduct), age, disability, citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.