About the Program
The Strong Starts Court Initiative is seeking an Infant Mental Health Specialist. The Strong Starts Court Initiative (SSCI) is a special Infant Focused Court Model with an emphasis on supporting Family Court involved families with subject children under the age of 3. Goals of SSCI include reducing times to permanency, increasing communication and collaboration between all parties, creating family-need-specific service plans that promote success and well-being, while keeping the infant’s needs, and voice, at the center of planning
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Complete clinical and developmental screenings, and comprehensive assessments of infants’ development and social-emotional status
- Provide comprehensive screenings and psycho-social assessments of caregiver and family needs
- Provide on-going assessment of parent-child attachment/relationship; capacity, strengths and areas in need of support
- Develop family specific service plans in collaboration with other case planners, including evidence based infant, adult and family interventions
- Facilitate referrals to high quality services based on assessment in collaboration with ACS or Foster Care Case Planners
- Track and monitor referral status, client progress and barriers to treatment
- Coordinate and provide leadership of monthly Infant/Family focused Clinical Conferences and provide infant focused feedback to Court Team to ensure that infants’ needs are expressed and being met
- Prepare monthly reports for the Judge and Court Team based on on-going assessment and outcomes of monthly Clinical Conferences
- Provide infant development/infant mental health expertise to the Judge and Court Team by way of formal trainings and day-to-day consultation
- Attend all Court Conferences and multi-disciplinary meetings with ACS/Foster Care Agency and Community Partners
- Engage community based service providers and government systems serving infants and families with on-going outreach in order to form meaningful relationships, collaborate and support family’s treatment, and to include community resources in the Court process so they can in turn support families with a higher knowledge of court practices and expectations
- Participate in bi-monthly meetings of SSCI Steering Committee
- Assist with data collection and participate in program evaluation and quality improvement
- Participate in, and assist in providing training in infant development and infant mental health to the wider Court community and a variety of child welfare system stakeholder groups
The ideal candidate will have:
- Master’s degree (or higher) in social work, psychology, child development or related field, a minimum of five years’ experience working with infants and families, with a strong background in infant mental health including attachment theory and research.
- Background in trauma and trauma-informed interventions
- Knowledge of local infant/family serving systems and organizations including Early Intervention, Early Head Start, home visiting programs, parent-child dyadic therapeutic models and services
- Knowledge of Family Court, ACS and/or foster agency practice
- Ability to work collaboratively with, and provide leadership to, a multidisciplinary practitioner group
- Ability to engage and support court-involved parents
- Knowledge of screening assessment tools for infants and caregivers
- Knowledge of issues related to child abuse/neglect
- Knowledge of systems that interface with court involved families and how to navigate these systems
- Excellent written skills are a must.
- Bilingual English/Spanish
- Experience with systems change and community building
- Trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy
How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample with Strong Starts Court Initiative in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Center for Court Innovation
Kiran Malpe/Strong Starts Court Initiative
900 Sheridan Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451
Note: The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.