The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Mental Health Consultant (PT/20hrs)

    Job Locations US-NE-Omaha
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Social Services
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    MISSION STATEMENT:  The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


    SUMMARY:  The Mental Health Consultant is responsible for supporting a program-wide culture that promotes mental health, social and emotional well-being, and overall health of children and families in the program by:  implementing strategies to identify and support children and families with social and emotional and mental health concerns, providing group and individual staff and parent education on mental health issues and, referring and collaborating with community mental health agencies to serve families. The Mental Health Consultant is responsible for implementing and meeting the Head Start performance standards and the Head Start Act for mental health services. 




    Identification of Social and Emotional and Mental Health Concerns:

    1. Administer approved screening/assessment tool in the home to identify social/emotional and mental health concerns of Early Head Start children and families in a timely and effective manner.
    2. Review available screening (Brigance, Edinburgh) and assessment (milestones) findings to enhance knowledge of parent/child social, emotional, educational and mental health status.   
    3. Provide collaborative home-based mental health observation and consultation services to families as necessary to follow up on screening/assessment results, and Early Head Start staff referrals.
    4. During the home visit, solicit parent information including their observations and concerns about their child's mental health.  Assist parents to better understand infant/toddler mental health issues.
    5. Share with parents observations of their child and discuss and anticipate with parents their child's behavior and development, including separation and attachment issues.
    6. Maintain records and documentation, including ChildPlus data entry, on consultation services provided to Early Head Start families and Child Care Partners. 
    7. Attend Early Head Start Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings (MDT Meetings) to discuss family situations and concerns and act as an advisor during MDT Meetings regarding mental health issues.


    Provide Group and Individual staff and parent education:

    1. Provide group and/or individual consultation/observation to Early Head Start staff and Child Care Partner staff as requested to address creating physical and cultural environments that promote positive mental health and social and emotional functioning in the home and in the classroom.
    2. Provide, as requested, mental health education/training to Early Head Start staff and Child Care Partner staff during annual pre-service training or staff meetings.  
    3. Attend quarterly Health Services Advisory Council meetings to provide expertise and consultation in the development and enhancement of the mental health component of the program. 
    4. Attend Early Head Start group meetings and program events as directed and provide mental health information/education to staff and families.


    Refer to and Collaborate with Community Mental Health Agencies: 

    1. Build community partnerships to facilitate access to additional mental health resources and services, as needed. 
    2. Provide Early Head Start participants and/or assist staff in making referrals to appropriate mental health professionals in the community as deemed necessary for further consultation or treatment.
    3. Support parents' participation in any needed mental health interventions and with parent permission, follow up with the mental health provider. 
    4. Assist in providing staff help in implementing policies for children with challenging behavior to limit suspension and prohibit expulsion by utilizing other community mental health resources, as needed.


    Program Leadership

    1. Develop, update and revise any component policies and procedures for content area in compliance with federal regulations.
    2. Provide orientation and training in content area to new program staff.
    3. Attend and participate in staff meetings.
    4. Attend staff development and training opportunities in order to obtain and/or expand necessary education and skills.
    5. Generate appropriate Child Plus reports to monitor and analyze content area.
    6. Regular attendance and driving are essential duties of the position
    7. Utilizing and refining trauma informed skills through training and practice is an essential duty.
    8. Participating in the performance and quality improvement process is an essential duty. 
    9. Other similar and related duties may be assigned.




    QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related mental health field with experience preferred in providing mental health services to young children and their families. A license as a Mental Health Practitioner is required.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS:  English proficiency sufficient for communication with supervisors, co-workers, clients and customers. Bilingual/Spanish skills preferred. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


    REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.


    COMPUTER/DATA ENTRY SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel plus Lotus Notes or similar software.


    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must be a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. Obtain certification in First Aid, CPR and CPI within 6 months of hire.   


    OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Must pass all applicable background checks.  Must possess a valid driver's license from the state in which you reside.  Must be approved through The Salvation Army Fleet Safety Program to drive either a Salvation Army or personal vehicle on Salvation Army business. Must pass annual tuberculosis (TB) test and general medical examination.


    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


    WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




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