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Mental Health Consultant - Los Angeles
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Para Los Niños
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Los Angeles
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Under the guidance of the Mental Health Coordinator, the Mental Health Consultant is responsible for key Head Start Mental Health roles and responsibilities such as (but not limited to): clinical assessments, home-based observations, classroom observations, and supporting classroom teachers. In addition, the Mental Health Consultant will assume responsibility for supporting Head Start with any other related activities with regard to Head Start Performance Standards, the LACOE GIMS, and Para Los Niñoss Head Start Mental Health Policies and Procedures.


  • Completes all activities and paperwork associated with LACOE required Mental Health assessments, home visits, parent/teacher conferences, and classroom observations.
  • Provides on-going support to Head Start teachers with regard to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of Head Start children.
  • When appropriate, participates as a member of all Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings as required by LACOE GIMs and Para Los Niños Policies and Procedures.
  • Follows state laws regarding the delivery of mental health services and confidentiality.
  • Maintains client files to level of requirements mandated in Head Start Performance Standards, the LACOE GIMs, and PLNs policies and procedures.
  • Meets all agreed upon deadlines.
  • Must be able to produce documentation in Standard English which is legible and coherent.
  • Must be adept at the use of computer software programs (MS Outlook/Word/Excel).
  • Must communicate effectively with entities outside of the PLN Head Start program, as legally mandated (i.e., child protective services, probation, courts, Department of Mental Health, etc).
  • Coordinates care for children and maintains positive working collaborative relationships with program staff.
  • Conducts monthly observations in Head Start Classrooms.
  • Enters information into the ChildPlus data system.
  • Performs other job related duties as directed by Mental Health Coordinator and/or Head Start Director/Associate Director.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform the job successfully.


  • MSW, MFT or MA in related field, Ph.D. or Psy.D.

  • At least four years or more of experience working with low-income children (ages birth to 5) and families.

Special Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Have knowledge of evaluation of risk for suicidal and homicidal ideation, imminent danger and knows appropriate intervention.

  • Have skills in providing counseling and therapy to clients experiencing emotional distress and crisis.

  • Knowledge of child abuse/crisis intervention techniques.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Bilingual (E/S) required.

  • License required.

  • Experience with children birth to 5 years and their families

  • Experience working in school/Head Start settings

  • Knowledge of ChildPlus is a benefit

Special Requirements

  • Must have a reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed).

  • Valid California Driver License. State required automobile insurance coverage.

  • DOJ clearance

  • TB clearance, to be renewed every two years.

  • Verification of Immunizations required by the California Department of Health

Physical Requirements

To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Must be able to talk and hear well. Good vision is imperative. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employee will be required to lift and/or move unassisted up to twenty-five pounds.

Para Los Niños promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We dont discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all of us are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.


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