Infant Toddler Mental Health Clinician
The Infant Mental Health Clinician is a specialty provider that is accessible by staff and families as a resource for the Birth to Five (5) years of age population.
Conducts a full assessment utilizing the program specific protocol, including verbal and written diagrams, summarizes central issues, themes and agreements reached, develops operational problem definition, assess structural functioning of individual in relationship to environment/ milieu/family, conducts thorough child/family strengths and needs assessment.
Conducts an extensive and thorough birth-5 assessment including observations and creates a measureable and cohesive plan for the team.
Engages the child/family using fluidity techniques for taking position of different family members as needed.
Builds rapport and credibility simultaneously with varying members/age groups. Relates to variety of individuals with warmth, empathy, acceptance and humor.
Has extensive knowledge of the birth-5 population and uses this knowledge to engage the team and assist in creating roles for each of the members.
Develops and implements successful intervention techniques including identifying the treatment method, establishing treatment plans that identify problems, goals and measurable objectives that are achievable in a reasonable time frame, interventions/strategies that address the assessment issues, and maintains timely progress notes that reflect movement towards goals/objectives.
Uses interventions and normal developments milestones to move the family through treatment and to identify what services or natural supports are needed to assist in the consumer’s success.
Conducts educational activities to promote client understanding of treatment issues including medication, diagnosis, parenting skills, etc.
Provides individual and family therapy to clients under age 5. Has an understanding of play therapy and how to engage a young child and family in therapy. Uses activities and measures to gain a further understanding of the consumer’s limitations and needs.
Provides effective crisis management including the following of program triage protocol and treatment methods, responds in a timely manner, provides for follow-up care, normalizes situation, discusses options and handles situation calmly.