Early Intervention Counselor

EBAC improves the well-being of children, youth and families by reducing the impact of trauma and social inequities and is committed to building a comprehensive, place-based continuum of accessible, trauma-informed and culturally relevant services that build resiliency, aid in recovery and, where possible, prevent exposure to adverse childhood experiences.

 

Our staff seeks to reduce barriers that contribute to disparities in wellness for socio-economically disadvantaged and racially marginalized families and to create communities where all children and families have supports to reach their full potential.

 

A. FUNCTION:
Early Intervention Counselor: provide individual and group intervention and supervision in classroom and program activities for severely emotionally disturbed (SED) pre-school children. This position also requires periodic driving of students to and from the pre-school in a minivan size school van.

 

B. QUALIFICATIONS and COMPETENCY FACTORS:
  • College degree in the field of psychology, counseling psychology, sociology, or social work and the required number of years of experience as listed below relative to the degrees; and, 12 units of Early Childhood Education.
  • Baccalaureate Degree + 2 years full-time experience in a mental health setting. 
  • Previous experience in milieu treatment or classroom education setting highly desirable.
  • Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Skills in arts, crafts, music, sports, and games highly desirable. 
  • Ability to drive pre-school students in a minivan type vehicle and provide a clean DMV report and pass the California Child Care Licensing background check requirements.
C. RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assist children in the management of disruptive, assaultive, and out of control behavior. Provide crisis intervention utilizing multiple therapeutic behavior interventions, including the use of physical restraint.
  • Help children manage program transitions; including to and from buses is applicable.
  • Cooperate with teaching staff while supporting their activities in the classroom.
  • Carry out specialized group and individual activities with children. 
  • Record progress notes and other charting requirements as necessary in a timely manner. 
  • Participate in staff meetings; trainings; and treatment planning and clinical reviews. 
  • Consult with Program Director, Clinicians, and classroom staff on individual children’s progress. 
  • Participate in overall program development as member of treatment team.
  • Maintain program supplies as appropriate to specialized projects such as Shop, Expressive Arts and Skills groups. 
  • Periodic driving of pre-school students to and from pre-school in a min-van size van. (Note: some positions may require daily driving)
  • Other duties as assigned.
D. WORKING CONDITIONS AND JOB SETTING
  • Work and Program Headquarters are in multi-story buildings with stairs that need to be climbed for access to the upper/lower floors.
  • Work is primarily in office, classroom, and an enclosed outdoor play yard setting. 
  • Because work is directly with SED pre-school children who can at times become aggressive; full mobility is required for standing, walking, sitting, using hands, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.
  • Must complete certification in non-violent crisis intervention as provided by Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.
  • Incumbents need to also talk, hear, taste, and smell.
  • May need child-size chairs for sitting
  • Regular driving may be required.
  • Periodic lifting up to 50 pounds is required.
  • Noise levels may at times be high, except during nap times.
EBAC offers a uniquely generous time off package and an outstanding benefits package that includes health; chiropractic; dental; voluntary life insurance (for yourself and your family), AD&D and SDT; accident and critical illness coverage (for yourself and family); flexible spending for medical, child care and commuter benefits; 403b retirement program; legal insurance; and, agency paid life insurance and long term disability coverage.

 

East Bay Agency for Children is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply by sending a cover letter and resume to group25@ebac.org, or by fax to 510-268-0143. Please use the job title as the subject. No phone calls please.

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