Mental Health Trainer/Consultant, PT
 Safford, AZ

DEPARTMENT Blake Children and Family Services

POSITION Mental Health Trainer/Technical Assistant, Expulsion Prevention and Continuity of Care


STATUS Part Time


Provides training and technical assistance on Expulsion Prevention and Continuity of Care. Uses mental health services consultation stance and services to build the capacity of those caring for young children in the Expulsion Contract. Mental health professionals partner with early care and education providers and families to enhance the social emotional health of children in early care and education programs. They work to address the social/behavioral/mental health needs of children and families with a focus on providing early intervention and prevention services in relation to Expulsion Prevention and Continuity of Care to improve emotional well-being, coping skills, general adaptive functioning, and social competence of children and families, according to the agency mission and philosophy and department goals.


Provides program services in a manner that reflects the philosophy of the department.

  • Uses a framework of promotion, prevention and early intervention to promote mental health and resilience and prevention of behavioral difficulties for those at risk
  • Acts as a resource regarding early childhood development with an emphasis on emotional and behavioral health and the importance of the relationship between the participant and child/family
  • Completes technical assistance plans to support participants, children, staff, and families
  • Provides observations and recommendations regarding the social-emotional environment to assist in identifying children in need of support with behavioral, emotional, or developmental concerns
  • Develops written intervention strategies utilizing a team approach to assist staff in developing positive behavior support strategies to promote optimal social-emotional development and reduce the risk of expulsion
  • Responsible for maintaining electronic documentation of services provided, progress notes, plans, consents and other program documents utilizing mental health services database
  • Collaborates with child care providers, families, directors, managers, and other team members to build their knowledge and skills to support the needs of children and families
  • Provides group and individual training on overall social and emotional wellness with specific topics related to child development, trauma-informed care, attachment, self-care, and other related topics
  • Partners and supports early care and education providers to support ongoing communication with parents regarding mental health, behavioral, or developmental concerns of their children
  • Adheres to all data and program requirements
  • Knowledge or community resources and referrals in the community
  • Uses independent judgment and discretion in setting daily priorities to complete tasks
  • Demonstrates sensitivity towards and provides services that are linguistic, cultural, social, economic, individual and role differences among persons and families served
  • Provides services that are family-centered and relationship-based
  • Adheres to SWHD Core Values, the Codes of Ethics of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the programs Implementation Manual and Service Delivery Plan, and the funders Standards of Practice
  • Conducts trainings in person during the week and on weekends as needed
  • Applies adult learning principles and practices of multi-method instruction
  • Uses a training approach that is skills based and interactive for participants
  • Ensures attendees complete evaluation forms after completion of each training and technical assistance session
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships in the community
  • Provides technical assistance in 3 hour increments to Group Homes, Child Care Centers, Home Based Providers, Tribal Nations and Homeless Shelters holding a registration agreement with ADES
  • Develops and implements a plan to deliver Technical Assistance that includes a written agreement between Easterseals Blake Foundation, the recipient of Technical Assistance and the Director or Program Administrator
  • Delivers mental health consultation services in alignment with the Smart Support statewide program model
  • Completes and submits required monthly program reports and billing forms
  • Attends meetings as required by Supervisor

Functions as an effective team member with co-workers and the community to build productive, collaborative relationships and to achieve program goals and objectives.

  • Develops positive and constructive working relationships with staff, participants and team members
  • Maintains established work schedule, is punctual, keeps appointments, willing to adapt schedule to meet unexpected needs and changes, and utilizes time effectively
  • Supports the decisions of the associate director and management team to staff, participants and the community
  • Maintains, keeps clean, utilized efficiently and safely the agency/departments physical facility and equipment
  • Supports integrated team process for service delivery, engages in collaborative activities with other TAPs working in a childcare center

Communicates accurately, clearly and professionally.

  • Communicates in a positive, respectful and courteous manner
  • Interacts with co-workers and the community to build productive, collaborative relationships to support the achievement of service goals
  • Understands and maintains confidentiality related to private and sensitive information within the confines of need-to-know parameters
  • Composes letters, memos, minutes, forms, and reports using various writing styles and formats to produce a document that effectively communicates the purpose and intent
  • Proofs and revises work for correct grammar, spelling and format
  • Submits accurate and complete reports as per program guidelines and according to program timelines

Uses supervision effectively, takes initiative to secure professional development opportunities, and applies relevant information in the work setting.

  • Actively participates in supervision that is regular, reflective, and collaborative in nature. As appropriate, takes the initiative to seek supervisory input
  • Accurately identifies areas of mastery and areas targeted for personal growth and development. Seeks assistance and guidance when needed
  • Incorporates constructive direction from supervisor to improve job performance
  • Accepts responsibility for the quality of job performance and makes changes as needed
  • Maintains awareness of current professional information in the fields of activity, undertakes regular and ongoing efforts to maintain competencies in the skills used and incorporates new knowledge and skills on the job
  • Shares pertinent information with supervisor and team members regarding work progress, successes, barriers, concerns and other information that may have an impact on the departments service or image


  • Masters degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a masters degree that leads towards licensure from the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
  • Experience working with young children in classroom settings
  • Clearance from the Background Check for Employment through the Central Registry as required by Arizona Department of Economic Services-Child Care Administration (ADES-CCA)
  • Current State of Arizona Fingerprint Clearance card
  • Current First Aid and CPR cards
  • Specialty Instructor Status in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of two years experience working with children birth to twelve years and their families
  • Experience working in a classroom setting and/or consulting with teachers
  • Experience working with economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse populations
  • Knowledge of special education procedures and the special needs of young children with disabilities and their families
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with families, ADES-CCA Resource Specialist, participants, SWHD staff and community partners
  • Ability to use initiative and judgment in selecting proper course of action in unusual or emergency situations
  • Must have an Arizona drivers license and an insured, reliable vehicle

Strength ad Mobility:

  • Ability to lift 35 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, and squat to a childs eye level for appropriate amounts of time.
  • Ability to get up and down from the floor without assistance.