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Mental Health Professional Hybrid Role

Southwest Human Development Inc

This is a Full-Time position in Cottonwood, AZ posted January 24, 2023.

We are seeking to hire experienced mental health professionals who are looking for an expanded role as an early childhood mental health consultant to provide consultation services within early care and education settings.  Smart Support is a nationally recognized program comprised of mental health professionals who work within early care and education settings including center-based and home-based childcare centers, school district preschools and home visiting programs throughout our state. We partner with early childhood educators to enhance their understanding of and capacity to meet the mental health needs of young children living in urban, rural, and tribal communities. Watch this short video to learn more about the role.

Why choose us? YOU CAN:

  • Achieve a work/life balance with a manageable caseload
  • Receive weekly reflective supervision to support you in this new role
  • Participate in a comprehensive onboarding program with a variety of professional development activities including, monthly professional book clubs, trauma and attachment training.
  • Be involved in the ongoing advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in the work of consultation
  • Enjoy supportive and collaborative mental health work in a environment that supports the mental health of our staff


In this role YOU WILL:

  • Engage in relationship-based work that supports healthy caregiver-child attachment relationships and encourage responsive, nurturing learning environments
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to linguistic, cultural, social, economic, individual and role differences among persons and families served
  • Help providers understand the effects of stress and trauma on families and consider all levels of influence to support young children and their caregivers
  • Assist providers with identification of behavioral or emotional needs of young children, through classroom observation and provide community resources as needed to the families they serve
  • Collaborate with childcare staff, directors, and families to generate suggestions and trauma informed strategies to promote optimal mental health in all children
  • Provide training on overall social and emotional wellness with specific topics related to child development, emotional regulation, communication, self-care, and other related topics
  • Join us in a state-wide effort to reduce preschool expulsion


If you don’t think you can meet every qualification below, we still encourage you to apply. We value both current experience and future potential!


Southwest Human Development is Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. The first five years of life are the most critical in a child’s development. At Southwest Human Development, our services improve lives and help families by supporting young children and their caregivers during this important time.


Your skills, experience, and passion are needed at one of the nation’s largest nonprofits dedicated to early childhood development. Join our team and experience a long-term career which brings joy and satisfaction in knowing you make a difference.  We offer over 40 programs and services to more than 140,000 children. Learn more about our values and benefits here.




  • Degree must be eligible for licensure through the AZ Board of Behavioral Health


  • 1 year(s): Knowledge and utilization of attachment theory, trauma informed approach and adult mental health principles is preferred
  • 1 year(s): Working with children ages birth to five and their families
  • 1 year(s): Post master’s clinical experience



  • Masters or better in Counseling

Licenses & Certifications


  • Auto Ins Certificate
  • Driver’s License


  • Marriage & Fam Therapist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Assoc M & F Therapist
  • Associate Counselor
  • Professional Counselor
  • Non-IVP Card Level 1



  • Relationship Building
  • Active Listening
  • Communication

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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