JPA is a 117-year old social impact agency whose mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children so they can reach their fullest potential at home, in school, and in our communities. This is accomplished by providing therapeutic counseling services to at-risk children and families, conducting research, sharing knowledge, and providing expert consultation and guidance to others serving these children and families.
Connect 2 Kindergarten (C2K) is a pioneering program at JPA, aimed at helping teachers better understand and respond to the social-emotional and behavioral needs of Kindergarteners to facilitate a successful transition to school. C2K partner schools are located in highly under-resourced communities in Chicago and many of the children have experienced multiple forms of trauma. C2K’s relationally-oriented interventions provide ongoing mental health consultation and support to teachers, along with thematically related parent workshops and social emotional groups for children. In addition to services, C2K also includes rigorous program evaluation and research.
JPA is seeking a full-time mental health consultant who has expertise in early child development. The C2K consultant takes a lead role in this innovative program, providing critical support to teachers and families, while also having the unique opportunity to contribute to program development and evaluation. The consultant will work in three to four of our C2K partner schools in Chicago, during the 2018-2019 school year. The anticipated start date is August 1st 2018. This is a temporary, grant-funded position for 12-months. There is potential for this to develop into a long-term position.
Collaborate with Kindergarten teachers and other school staff to provide ongoing, weekly mental health consultation
Provide support, feedback, guidance, and resources to teachers, with the goal of supporting positive teacher-child interactions and relationships
Provide observations of individual students and classrooms, with follow-up reports/consultation to teachers and occasionally parents
Facilitate school-based parent workshops on topics related to early child development and parenting
Facilitate school-based social-emotional lessons and activities for Kindergarten students
Support with management of partnership with schools, occasionally meeting and collaborating with school administrators about your work with C2K
Meet weekly with C2K program director and other C2K consultants to participate in case consultation and planning for program implementation
Weekly individual clinical supervision with the program director
Weekly staff clinical consultation
Yearly professional development stipend
Salary commensurate upon experience
Bi-lingual in Spanish highly preferred
LSW or LPC required; LCSW /LCPC preferred
Must have 2+ years of clinical experience working with children and families and experience providing mental health consultation
Must have keen ability to make clinical observations and skill at providing reflective feedback
Must have experience in trauma-informed and attachment-focused practice
Experience or background in early child development and work with children under the age of 8 preferred
School-based experience highly preferred
Must have a car
JPA is an equal opportunity employer. Please email cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Additional Salary Information: •Salary commensurate upon experience