Licensed Clinical Therapist (Early Childhood Mental Health Program)

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number

$52,732 - $71,188

Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Posted May 16, 2022

Agency Name
New Hanover County

Work County
New Hanover

Job Location
1650 Greenfield Street
North Carolina
Job Description

New Hanover County is seeking to hire two licensed clinical mental health professionals to join the clinical team in the Health and Human Services Agency as Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Therapists. These newly created positions will provide support to parents and caregivers of young children who are experiencing unprecedented challenges and hardships resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic. These challenges can significantly impact parent's and caregiver's parenting and emotional connection with their children. Individuals selected for these positions will:
  • Demonstrate a strong foundation and understanding of childhood development and infant-early childhood mental health needs.
  • Partner with local pre-k programs and childcare centers to identify children with mental health needs that would benefit from mental health treatment and support and coordinate the referral process.
  • Partner with local Pre-kindergarten programs providing clinical interventions that support children in engaging in social and emotional behaviors that are appropriate for their age, increasing their development and school readiness.
  • Identify the unique social emotion needs of young children and create treatment plans based on those individual needs.
  • Provide individual therapy with the child and their family using evidence based assessments and planning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how chronic stress can negatively impact our families’ abilities to experience success and provide adequate support and nurturing to their children.
  • Promote the relational health of infants, young children, and their families.
  • Partner with community -based childcare workers in early childhood settings to identify social and emotional needs of children in their program and develop opportunities to enhance children’s overall health, development, and wellbeing.
Other duties include: 
  • Support parents and caregivers to create a nurturing parent-child relationship that enhances their young child’s overall development.
  • Learn and teach techniques to parents and caregivers that support healthy social emotion development in their children.
  • Provide in-home sessions with families creating a therapeutic relationship that focuses on the family’s strengths and needs.
  • Develop strong clinical evaluations, develop, and monitor treatment plans, and conduct initial intake assessments.
  • Document services and submit billing information for reimbursement.
  • Identify and utilize appropriate evidence-based practices to enhance childhood well-being.
  • Provide parents tools to navigate challenging behaviors and feel confident in their parenting
  • Support families in addressing the social-emotional and mental health needs of very young children and their families through the promotion of high-quality interactions and environmental experiences
New Hanover County's Consolidated Human Services Agency is a single county agency that provides any combination of Public Health and Social Services throughout the county.  The department is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals seeking to serve the citizens of our county through providing essential human services.  The department is a part of a dynamic, professional county organization with a clear vision as a vibrant, prosperous, diverse coastal community, committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come.  Ideal candidates have excellent customer service, organizational and computer skills, the ability to problem solve and make critical decisions and above all, an overwhelming desire to serve the citizens of our county. New Hanover County is dedicated to the recruitment and recognition of a talented and diverse workforce that is committed to public service. Our shared values of professionalism, innovation, integrity, stewardship and accountability guide the way we conduct ourselves and deliver services to our customers.  Supported by the work of our Office of Diversity and Equity, New Hanover County celebrates diversity in our employees’ backgrounds, beliefs, identities, and abilities, while supporting growth opportunities for all. Our talented team has a passion for providing care and services that effect change on the everyday lives of the citizens they encounter. The differences that unite us are a reflection of the community we serve.   If this sounds like an organization that models the values you uphold, we invite you to join our team at New Hanover County.
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-8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. -Must be available to report for emergency work assignment during emergency situations. Employment Type: Full-time, Exempt Salary Information:, The hiring range for this position is $52,732 - $71,188. Salary will be determined based on qualifications, internal equity, budget, and market considerations. Bilingual candidates are eligible for a differential (5%) when performing Spanish language interpretation during the course of work.    Funding: Funding for this position is appropriated through the ARPA and is expected to last through June 30, 2023, depending on the availability of the appropriated funds. Once appropriated funds are exhausted, a request to fund this position beyond June 2023 is expected to be included in the ongoing budget.  New Hanover County offers: 
  • Employer paid 401k contributions;
  • Retirement plan through the NC Retirement system;
  • Flex time and telework availability, depending on your position;
  • Paid sick and personal leave + 13 paid holidays per year;
  • Paid parental leave;
  • Paid community services leave to give back to our community;
  • Education leave to obtain a degree within your line of work;
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance + many other insurance options;
  • Onsite, employer-paid health and wellness center;
  • Professional development trainings & leadership initiatives;
  • Opportunities to make a difference in your community;
  • And so much more!
Please check out our careers page at for more information on why New Hanover County is a great place to work.  

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  Required Education and Experience:
  • Valid NC Drivers License
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 
    • OR Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    • OR Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
    • OR Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA).
      • Provisionally licensed candidates may be considered as well, although priority consideration will be given to candidates with full licensure 
  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling
  • Two (2) years or clinical work experience
What will make your application stand out: 
  • Previous experience working with children under 5 years of age
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