To support the social emotional needs of children enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start program. The Social Worker will provide consultation to classroom and family service staff, and parents to support the development of children. The Social Worker is available for trainings for parents and staff around the social-emotional needs of children and strategies to support social-emotional development. The Social Worker is responsible for maintaining licensure with the NH Board of Mental Health through acquiring continuing education credits and clinical collaboration. The Social Worker is responsible for implementing and monitoring the mental health content area within the Early Head Start program.
Received: Works under the direct supervision of the Child Development Director.
- Work collaboratively with the Content Specialists and supervisors to provide support for children, staff, and families.
- Possess good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, receive and provide feedback, and manage dynamic interchanges in meetings.
- Follow regular schedule of visits to assigned centers and classrooms.
- Complete classroom observations of assigned classrooms and communicate findings with staff, supervisors, and content specialists.
- Review Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional screenings as needed and complete Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional planning form for staff.
- Maintain familiarity with Pyramid Model practices and early childhood development
- Respond to referrals to support staff or families as assigned. Includes completing observation, completing documenting, consulting with staff or families, supporting strategies, supporting external referral, providing resources as needed.
- Available to provide parent or staff trainings on social-emotional development.
- Work collaboratively with staff or families within professional boundaries to improve effectiveness of strategies within caregiver relationship.
- Provide consultations to staff and families, not limited to focus on the Head Start/ Early Head Start child.
- Abide by the Social Work Code of Ethics including maintaining confidentiality of families with the limit of duty to report abuse or neglect.
- Participate in the program Leadership Team to support the program’s mission, Performance Standards, program goals, and continuous improvement of services to children and families.
- Responsibility for knowledge of the Head Start Performance Standards and resources that pertain to the Mental Health content area.
- Conduct regular case conferencing with the home visiting staff to support development.
- Provide interventions for children and families within the program on a limited basis, to meet individual goals
- Maintain licensure through the NH Boards of Mental Health, including receiving 40 hours of continuing education and 40 hours of clinical collaboration over two years.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel when needed.
- Will maintain professional boundaries with all current, past, and prospective clients, and maintain the confidentiality of clients and staff, in accordance with SNHS policy and procedure.
- Abide by all SNHS Safety policies and procedures.
- Present professional and positive image as a representative of SNHS.
- Responsible for having adequate knowledge of all SNHS programs and will gather sufficient intake information to make referrals to other SNHS programs which are beneficial to the client and his/her family.
- Perform other related duties as required.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Prior experience with children and families, groups and community organizations are required
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- A MSW with licensure
- Head Start and Early Head Start
Southern New Hampshire Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer