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Mental Health Consultant - Early Learning

Job Details

Yakima - Growing Hope - Yakima, WA
Full Time
$67,725.00 - $75,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%


You can do the work you love, be your authentic self, and make an impact in the lives of thousands. We believe in a culture rooted in community, collaboration, and growth. As an agency we are inspired by our Mission of bringing hope to life, especially those most in need.

Wage : $ 67,725.00 - $75,000


• Medical/Dental


• 403(b) Retirement

• Additional Voluntary Benefits

• Paid Holidays

• Vacation/Sick Leave

• Education Assistance Program

• Employee Assistance Program

• Longevity awards


Position Summary:

The Early Learning Mental Health Consultant will provide assessment and child and family goals for designated children birth to 5 receiving services in the ECLIPSE Program; assisting to determine eligibility for services and need for referrals to other community providers/programs. Provide observation and consultation in classrooms to implement behavior plans in the child’s designated classroom. This position will also directly supervise Mental Health Consultant Associates; monitoring completion of observations, behavior plans and safety plans.


Provide screening and assessment of children.

  • Screen ECLIPSE children with designated tools, observe the parent-child interaction, help to develop an individual care plan, and the classroom behavior plan.
  • Provide biopsychosocial assessment of child and family to assess family/child strengths and needs.

Provide ongoing treatment with ECLIPSE children and families.

  • Provide treatment services indicated in the individual care plan with parents of ECLIPSE children, including positive parenting skills and implementing behavior plans consistent with the classroom.
  • Coordinate with and coach ECLIPSE Home Visitors in teaching parents behavior management skills.
  • Coordinate with family, teaching staff, allied service providers and home visitors to plan for transitions of child.

Provide classroom support and follow up with classroom staff regarding classroom interventions, children’s 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 child’s behavior plan.
  • Reinforce and implement behavioral health practices in an early learning setting.

Provide Supervision to the Mental Health Associate.

  • Provide training and mentoring to this position to develop into a role of MH Consultant when Master’s degree is complete.
  • Provide weekly supervision and annual review.

Facilitate staffing’s with Catholic Charities teams, which may include ECEAP, ECLIPSE, ABA, WISe, VIP, or other providers.

  • Participate in multi-system planning to ensure coordinated treatment and early learning intervention and education for identified children.

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

  • Facilitate and participate in child and family staffing’s 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, staffing’s, 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 child’s record.
  • Maintain communication with assigned social workers and referral sources regarding child and family progress.
  • Complete documentation to support monthly billing details as assigned by the ECLIPSE Program Manager

Attend and participate in 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.
  • Communicate effectively by sharing concerns openly and honestly with appropriate staff members.
  • Participate in a minimum of every other week clinical supervision with a licensed mental health provider such as the Associate Director of Outpatient Services or other qualified/designated staff.

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:


  • Master’s 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 childcare 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 Ages and Stages Developmental Screening (ASQ-3, ASQ-SE), and other early childhood assessments beneficial
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required

Licensure, Registration, Certification

  • Agency Affiliated Counselor or Licensed Mental Health therapist
  • Mental Health Professional credential preferred
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and minimum required liability insurance for WA State
  • Must be deemed insurable as determined by Catholic Charities liability insurance provider
  • TB Testing, Cleared Department of Early Learning Background check

Employment is conditional upon:

  • Being cleared by criminal background check and fingerprinting when required