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Mental Health & Developmental Clinician 

Category Child Mental Health Services  

Our Child First Program is seeking a Mental Health Clinician who is passionate about the well-being of young children and their families! We have an immediate opportunity for a Full Time Licensed Clinician to join our team in Onslow County. If you want to help families in making positive changes to enrich their parent/child relationship and ultimately bring better, brighter days this could be the job for you!

Position Summary:

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidenced-based model which is embedded in the Child First Model focusing on building attachments between the child (ages 0-5) and primary caregiver(s) with a focus on trauma and its impact on young children and their families. The qualified applicant will be trained in the Child First evidenced-based model and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) at NO COST to them!

Child First utilizes a team approach, partnering the Clinician with a Family Resource Partner - FRP to engage families who are referred to the program. Child First’s primary goal is to strengthen the caregiver-child relationship so that it serves both as a protective buffer to unavoidable stress, and directly facilitates the child’s emotional, language, and cognitive growth.

  • The Clinician engages with both the caregiver and child in a supportive, reflective, and exploratory manner which fosters a protective, nurturing, and responsive parent-child relationship utilizing play.
  • Responsible for completing assessment process with families (i.e., gather information from interviews, observations of interactions and play, reviewed records, collateral sources, and standardized measures) through collaboration with teammate / FRP partner.
  • Use all available information to develop a thoughtful, well-integrated clinical formulation and Child & Family Plan of Care, in partnership with the FRP and immediate family members.
  • Provide Child First home-based psychotherapeutic intervention with young children and their caregivers using relational, dyadic psychotherapy (CPP) and other modalities.
  • Avert crisis situations by assisting the family in times of urgent need (e.g., risk of harm to child or caregiver, pending child removal), in consultation with the family resource partner and clinical supervisor.
  • This is a community-based role providing services throughout the designated community and client's home. Most administrative tasks will be done remotely from a home-based office.
  • Child First staff work in a supportive environment and receive Weekly Reflective individual supervision, team supervision, and group supervision.
  • Actively participates in all aspects of the Child First Learning Collaborative effort, including in-person training, distance learning curriculum, and specialty training.
  • Provide on-call, crisis intervention services to clients on a rotating basis.
Position Requirements
  • Master’s or Doctoral level mental health provider (e.g., LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LCAS, clinical psychologist, other), licensed in North Carolina required (provisionally licensed individuals with substantial post-grad experience working with children and families, considered).
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working psychotherapeutically with culturally diverse children and families, including parent-child therapeutic work and play therapy with very young children (0-5 years). Past CPP training is highly valued.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse children and families, including parent-child therapeutic work and play therapy with very young children (0-5 years).
  • Openness to learning, capacity for self-reflection, and eagerness to participate in reflective clinical supervision.
  • Knowledge of early child development, parent-child relationships and attachment theory, effects of trauma and environmental risks on early childhood brain development; especially violence exposure, maternal depression, substance abuse, and risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness).
  • Experience working with adults with mental health, substance use, and cognitive challenges.
  • Experience providing intervention within diverse home and community settings.
  • Ability to speak a second language (Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, other), highly valued.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Child First Clinician  
Division Child First  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Child First Jacksonville  
About the Organization Easterseals UCP has been part of the fabric of North Carolina and Virginia for 75 years. We started in counties all over NC and VA filling gaps and addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities. Our legacy organizations Easterseals NC, United Cerebral Palsy NC, and Easterseals Virginia joined forces as Easterseals UCP to intentionally work side-by-side with more than 20,000 individuals and their families, providing the broad network of services and support they need to achieve better days. Today we are affiliated with both Easterseals, Inc. and United Cerebral Palsy Inc.

Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
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