Early Childhood Assessment Specialist - Foster Care Program Job

Children's Health - Psychiatry Careers

Job Number: 50354

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 12-4-2016

Description:
    • Position Summary

      The individual in this position will provide early childhood development and parent education, support, and outreach activities to foster parents and other caregivers, and their children in foster care ages 0-3. The individual in this position will also administer and score developmental, psychosocial, and/or behavioral assessments under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      • Provide early childhood developmental education and behavioral strategies to foster parents and their children in foster care ages 0-3.
      • Provide developmental, psychosocial, and/or behavioral assessment to patients as directed and supervised by the licensed psychologist.
      • Participate in clinical research protocols and maintain appropriate documentation; participate in multidisciplinary team meetings as appropriate to the clinical care of patients.
      • Participate in training activities as appropriate; and perform other duties and special projects as required.
      • Maintain skill in psychometric test administration and scoring. Learn new tests as appropriate.
      • Assist with care coordination by finding therapy referrals for families.
      • Maintain follow-up correspondence with families.
      • Interact and collaborate effectively with an integrated primary care team.
      • Provide support, education, and outreach activities to families and community stakeholders.
      • Manage projects such as Reach Out and Read program and other activities as assigned.

      Qualifications

      Education

      • Graduate or professional work or advanced degree in early childhood education or psychology; or equivalent experience – required
        • Experience working in an early childhood intervention program (ECI or other equivalent setting) – required

      Licenses & certifications

      • Licensed Psychological Associate (or eligibility) – preferred but not required
      • Initial Pediatric Prevention Management of Aggressive Behavior (PPMAB) training must be completed within 60 days of hire and renewed annually - required
      • Basic Life Support - Health Care Provider Course (BLS) Certification must be completed within 60 days of hire and renewed every two years – required

      Experience

      • Experience working in an early childhood intervention program (ECI or other) – preferred
      • Significant knowledge of early childhood development and experience working with children ages birth to 5 years and their families – preferred
      • Experience working with an integrated team - preferred
      • 2-3 years of job related experience – preferred
      • Experience working with diverse types of children, including children with developmental disabilities.
      • Experience working with children in foster care – preferred
      • Coursework and experience administering and scoring developmental, behavioral, and/or psychosocial assessment tools - preferred
      • Experience communicating with sensitivity to culture and learning styles - preferred

      Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities

      • Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
      • Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.
      • Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.
      • Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.
      • Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
      • Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
      • Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.
      • Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
      • Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
      • Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
      • Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposed standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
      • Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.
      • Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message

      Physical demands

      • Light - Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, 10 lbs. frequently, or negligible amounts constantly and may require walking or standing to a significant degree.


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