Humboldt County Office of Education: Early Childhood Mental and Behavioral Health Clinician

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HCOE Job Description

Early Childhood Mental and Behavioral Health Clinician

Position Summary

Under the supervision and direction of the Early Education Director, the Early Childhood Mental and Behavioral Health Clinician (ECMBHC) provides assessment, behavior support plans and evidence-based intervention services for children ages birth to eight and their families.  The ECMBHC provides supportive information and interventions to programs, students and families with varying levels of need.  Additionally, the ECMBHC provides consultation and training to teachers, paraprofessionals and parents.  This position supports the implementation of positive behavioral supports and trauma informed practices.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is a mid-level management position that requires independent completion of duties while working within a team format. This position is responsible for keeping their supervisor appraised of activities and duties.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position is under the supervision of the Early Education Director. This position may supervise Wellness Coach positions 1 and 2.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. 

  • Provides direct mental health services, including assessment, consultation, evaluation, treatment plan development, treatment coordination and individual, group and family therapy services. May provide parent training and coaching.
  • Assists Individual Education Plan/Individual Family Service Plan/Individualized Health and Support Plan (IEP/IFSP/IHSP) teams in developing positive behavior support systems, educational goals and objectives related to behavior and mental health needs, as well as written instructional plans for students with behavioral plans in order to meet student needs.
  • Acts as a liaison between clients, families, school personnel and community agencies.
  • Plans and conducts in-service training for parents, students, district personnel and others, including positive behavior supports and implementation of behavioral plans.
  • Attends and/or conducts program related meetings, trainings and workshops, as well as participating in inter/intra agency planning and staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Prepares Local Educational Agency (LEA) Medi-Cal billing logs and/or Medical Administrative Activities (MAA) billing forms for all appropriate services.
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks related to data collection.
  • Communication skills (oral and written) as characterized by active listening and respectful interactions.
  • Supports the policies and programs of the Humboldt County Office of Education and performs assigned duties consistent with school, district or office policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Maintains professional competency by actively engaging in employer directed service activities and other similar opportunities provided to staff.


Knowledge of

  • Early Childhood Mental Health best practices and familiarity with Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and positive behavior supports.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy, trauma informed practices, parent-child focused interventions, adverse childhood experiences and secondary trauma.

Ability to

  • Design and facilitate training for staff and/or families to build awareness and teach appropriate practices related to child mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, typical and atypical behavior and child development.
  • Attend regular and specially scheduled staff meetings and actively participate as a member of the educational team.
  • Provide technical assistance and monitor teaching staff to facilitate the integration of mental health activities within the curriculum and to implement care plans (IEP/IFSP/IHSP) for children and their families.
  • Respond effectively to the input from, and coordinate tasks with, district and school personnel as required by assignment.
  • Conduct classroom observations and collects data on children’s behaviors to inform the on-going writing and implementation of behavioral plans, develop behavioral intervention plans and/or make appropriate referrals to outside community agencies as needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention assistance to students and staff.
  • Communicate effectively in person and via telephone and other electronic media to individuals and groups of varying sizes.
  • Plan and organize workload and adapt to changing work demands.
  • Report to multiple worksites in a given day or during the work week.
  • Operate a vehicle in order to drive to necessary schools throughout the county.

Education and Experience

Minimum Required:

One of the following educational requirements:

  • Possession of a valid California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Marriage, Family Therapist (MFT) OR
  • Registered associate clinical social worker OR
  • Credentialed school social worker or licensed Clinical Social worker.


  • Board-Certified Behavior Analyst or Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Assistant;
  • Experience working in children’s mental health and/or early intervention.

Working Conditions

Works in various environments. May work in an office, classroom program and/or home of families.  May be required to visit multiple work sites on any given day.

Physical Demands

  • Stand, sit and/or move about for sustained periods.
  • Move about in non-traditional instructional environments; i.e. areas of the community.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted and a satisfactory Department of Justice records check must be received by HCOE prior to employment.
  • TB testing and/or risk assessment will be required upon employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical (if applicable).
  • May be required to obtain first aid and CPR certificates within the first 6 to 12 months of employment.
  • May be required to drive with or without students; some positions may require a California driver’s license, proof of insurance and possible participation in the DMV PUll Notice Program once employed.

Classified Management Class 1


PC Approved: 04/09/24

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