Early Childhood Clinical Specialist
Are you a highly motivated professional with a love for and experience in working with young children and their parents? Catawba County Department of Social Services is recruiting an Early Childhood Clinical Specialist (Outpatient Therapist) to provide family therapy and individual therapy, parent training, case management, and referral coordination to identified children 2-5 years of age to impact the child’s success in overcoming social/emotional difficulties as well as behavioral and mental health issues and ensure kindergarten readiness.
· Provide clinical interventions and case management services to children 2-5 and their families
· Provide consultation and education, as needed, to child care providers and parents/caregivers about a variety of child psychosocial problems and strategies for classroom intervention
· Provide case management services for children and their families, including interagency communication and referral
· Complete thorough, accurate, and timely documentation of case activities for clients served
· Participation in continuing job knowledge and skills; professional development; ongoing training in research and trends for population served
- Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology and two years of direct Master's degree in Counseling. Social Work, or Psychology and:
- Outpatient Therapist I: Licensed, at least provisionally, as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Psychological Associate, or a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (Some experience and full licensure preferred).
- Outpatient Therapist II: Fully licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Psychological Associate, or a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist plus two years of post-full licensure experience
· A valid Driver’s license with a safe driving record
· Love for children ages 2-5
· Good working knowledge of child development and experience providing services to children 2-5 years of age and their families
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with ability to work with young children, families, and other professionals
· Excellent organizational skills and flexibility to manage workflow and priorities
· Ability to function independently
· Excellent therapeutic skills with the ability to apply a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies
· Strong clinical knowledge and skills, including assessment, intervention, treatment planning, and evaluation of effectiveness
· Comfort level with coaching directors and teachers of child care programs
· Ability to model and teach appropriate parenting interventions/skills
· This position is considered light work; lifting up to 20 pounds.