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Licensed Clinician - Child First Team / Onslow County  

Category Child Mental Health Services  

Our Child First Program has an immediate opportunity for a Full Time Licensed Clinician to join their team servicing Jacksonville and surrounding areas. If you meet the qualifications below and are interested in a new, dynamic role please apply for further consideration. Competitive salary and full benefits offered.

Position Summary:

The Child First Mental Health and Developmental Clinician partners with a Family Resource Partner to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention. 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 uses trauma-informed CPP, a relationship-based, dyadic, parent-child treatment model, which focuses on the primary attachment relationships of the young child. 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.

The Clinician’s therapeutic intervention focuses on:

1) helping caregivers understand typical developmental challenges and expectations 2) increasing caregivers’ ability to reflect on the meaning and feelings motivating a child’s behavior; 3) supporting caregivers’ problem solving; and 4) helping caregivers understand the psychodynamic relationship between parental feelings, history, and the caregiver response to the child. The Clinician also provides consultation to teachers in early care and education settings, as needed.

  • Engage with children and families in their homes and community for therapy.
  • Complete 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/partner.
  • Use all available information to develop a thoughtful, well-integrated clinical formulation and Child and Family Plan of Care, in partnership with the family resource partner and family members.
  • Provide Child First home-based psychotherapeutic intervention with young children and their caregivers using relational, dyadic psychotherapy (CPP) and other modalities.
  • Help the caregiver gain insight regarding personal history (including trauma history), feelings for the child, and current parenting practices.
  • 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.
  • Provide mental health and developmental assessment and consultation within early care and education settings and to other early childhood providers.
  • Embrace use of videotaping to enhance both therapeutic work with families and reflective supervision.
  • Engage in weekly individual, Team, and group reflective clinical supervision.
  • Engage actively in all aspects of the Child First Learning Collaborative, including in-person trainings, distance learning curriculum, and specialty trainings.
  • Keep all appropriate documentation for clinical accountability and reimbursement.
  • 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 Days  
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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