CLASSIFICATION:             Direct Services – Early Childhood

JOB DESCRIPTION:          Infant Mental Health Specialist

CENTER:                             Englewood

REPORTS TO:                    VP of Centers

OVERVIEW:  Family Focus’ mission is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families as individual units and within their communities. We are committed to ensuring our centers provide exemplary services with innovative programs and that family support principles are integrated into every aspect of the work.

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the implementation of family support/trauma informed services within the agency. This will involve the development, planning, delivery, and evaluation of trauma-focused mental health assessments and interventions for young children, in center- and community- based settings, including families’ homes.

The individual will be required to work at a variety of levels, including clinical (child-parent, individual child and individual parent, and family therapy and counseling), administrative (data input and reporting, meeting with funder, community (outreach to families and involvement in community trauma related activities as needed).


  • Plan and implement the program components related to trauma informed services, including direct services, limited community education and outreach.
  • Provide home-, center- and/or community-based trauma-focused therapy, and family support for young children (ages 0-6) and their families who have histories of trauma and  or exposure to violence
  • Assess the needs and strengths of families and develop Individual Family Support Plans (IFSPs)/Individual Treatment Plans (ITP)with families
  • Advocate for the rights of children and families and refer families to internal and external community-based organizations for services, including DCFS, schools, DHS, CPD, and medical systems
  • Provide case management for families enrolled in the program, and ensure appropriate referral for families to other trauma-informed community services as needed
  • Participate and or co-lead  the Family Focus Child Exposure to Violence (CEV) coalition, and/or work collaboratively with other child serving trauma-informed community councils/partners to maintain the focus on child exposure to violence or trauma to targeted age group
  • Maintain engagement with community-wide trauma serving agencies, and to infuse CEV principles into the community agenda
  • Ensure appropriate delivery and accurate documentation of program activities in database systems
  • Gather information needed for reports, document services, maintain tracking systems, etc.
  • Maintain confidentiality and ethical standards of practice with families and co-workers
  • Ability to work as a part of a team, working to support parents and children  and to hold and provide internal consultation on an as needed basis for home visiting staff
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 2+ years experience working in a strength-based capacity with families and young children
  • Strong clinical skills in trauma-focused work with young children and families
  • Sensitivity to work with families of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge of effects of violence and trauma on young children
  • Knowledge of early childhood and lifespan development, systems theory, and family dynamics
  • Comfortable providing services within stressed/overburdened communities
  • Knowledge of available community resources for referrals
  • Knowledge of Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood, Revised (DC:0-3R) a plus
  • Knowledge of or training in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) a plus
  • Possession of a personal vehicle for work related travel within and outside of the community
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Participation in staff development opportunities as required

Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, and references. Please visit for additional information.


Family Focus values a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on agency needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. Qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Posted Date: 
Monday, August 7, 2017
Chicago, IL