The Tulane Building Early Relationships Support & Services program is a comprehensive demonstration service, evaluation research, and training effort to develop and disseminate effective strategies for helping families of infants with regulatory challenges during the first two years of life and the community providers who serve them. The Infant Mental Health Specialist will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide brief, short-term, and longer-term Infant Mental Health services to families with infants with feeding, sleeping, and crying concerns. These services include home visiting, parent group, and warmline telephone support to families living in diverse communities in southern Louisiana. The Infant Mental Health Specialist will participate in consultation, materials development, and training to community providers in prevention, child care, early intervention and health settings about infants with challenging behaviors.
This part-time position (20 hours/week) is grant-funded.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES TYPICALLY NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS JOB SUCCESSFULLY:
- Knowledge of Infant Mental Health, infant development, Attachment Theory, family dynamics, Psychodynamic Theory, and relationship-based practice; knowledgeable and experienced with early regulatory issues;
- Possess a working knowledge of “baby basics” such as, eating, sleeping, development and Temperament and Attachment Embrace a strength-based approach, while understanding and working with families to address family and infant vulnerabilities;
- Skilled in infant/parent relationship and family assessment, family counseling, parent/infant psychotherapy, developmental guidance, home visiting, clinic services, short-term and longer-term interventions;
- Committed to program development, community consultation in diverse neighborhoods, and program evaluation;
- Flexible, creative, collaborative, focused, empathic, and experienced;
- Has personal transportation to travel to home visits; and
- Able to work occasional nights and weekends to provide parent support/education, present to providers, and attend community events
- Master’s degree in psychology, social work, family therapy, nursing, child development or related field
- Specialized training and/or supervision in infant mental health Licensed mental health professional; and
- 5 years of clinical experience with infants and families
- Experience working with vulnerable populations and minority groups
- Experience with home-visiting
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and competently manage a variety of activities with multiple deadlines; motivation and willingness to take initiative and full responsibility for selected activities
- Demonstrated proficiency with a variety of software applications – MS Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint; Adobe Acrobat
- Speaks Spanish or Arabic fluently
This posting will close on: Sunday, October 1, 2017. Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.