Infant Mental Health Specialist (position# 82997)

Florida State University
Miami, FL
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Job Title: Infant Mental Health Specialist (position# 82997)
Location: Miami, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 49356

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Responsibilities The Social Worker- IMH Specialist provides therapeutic intervention services to court-involved pregnant and/or parenting teens and their children enrolled in the FSU Young Parents Project. Position works as part of a multidisciplinary team to promote the physical and mental health of both the parents and their young children

Receives referrals for the FSU Young Parents Project from Citrus Family Care Network, full case management agencies and the juvenile courts. Determines the teen parent’s eligibility for program participation and completes the consent process. Attends agency staffings about potential or current participants.

Provides assessment of the teen and baby during intake, exit from the program, and other data points to include the teen's psycho-social history, traumatic experiences, the development of the teen and baby, parent-child interaction, home environment, and family support by using professional observation and standardized instruments.

Provides care coordination and facilitates referrals to community agencies in partnership with the CBC case manager related to the participant’s concrete needs, health, education, trauma-related services, Part C/Early Intervention Early Steps and other services as needed. Assist the family with transportation to appointments as needed. Accompanies the teen to court and provides advocacy. Responds to requests during court about the families’ risk and protective factors, parental responsiveness to the young child, and trauma-related issues.

Conducts therapeutic intervention sessions with the teen and child utilizing an Infant Mental Health framework during visits including dyadic therapy, developmental guidance, addressing issues of violence/abuse/ trauma, and supporting the responsiveness of the young parent and her child. Encourages the teen in developing life skills by helping to establish goals, maintain healthy relationships, use community services, and reduce involvement with the court.

Works collaboratively with team members daily, providing on-going communication and coordination of services. Participates in weekly team meetings to review cases and decide on joint recommendations to address the needs of court-involved young families.

Meets individually with the Infant Mental Health Consultant and program supervisors within a reflective practice framework to discuss cases, plan intervention strategies, and consider professional capacities. Attends recommended trainings to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities. Shares lessons learned from experience in working with teen parents and children with others in the field.

Completes written documentation in a timely manner to include: Progress Notes about case activity; pre & post evaluations regarding the teen and child and status reports to the judge and JPOs that document program outcomes. Compiles data and reports about project activities. Uses expertise in reporting information regarding mental health issues.


Master's degree in Social Work, counseling or related field with experience in working with families with complex needs, especially adolescents and two years of experience.

Ability to deal with crises and manage sensitive information.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures of health, human services and counseling programs.

Knowledge of and ability to apply child development theories and methodology.

A valid Florida’s driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Preferred Preference will be given to those individuals who are Licensed Clinical Social Workers or those trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy.

Preference will also be given to those individuals that are bi-lingual.

Other Information

This position is located in Miami-Dade County, FL.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

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Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


Requires a flexible work schedule that may include: after school hours from 4-7:30 pm and Saturdays between 9am-3pm.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11. This position also requires completion of Level 2 background screening through the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) Clearinghouse, as a condition of initial and continued employment per contract with Citrus Family Care Network and the Department of Children and Families.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific vacancy as advertised, apply to Florida State University at

**Applicants must submit a resume with their online application in order to be considered for this job opening.**

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include work history and all education details (if applicable) even if attaching a resume.

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Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.


This position is being re-advertised. Previous applicants need not reapply.


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Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

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Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

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