Birth to Five Specialist

THRIVE Birth to Five Whiteriver, Arizona


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STATEMENT OF JOB: The Birth to Five Specialist provides therapeutic services to clients enrolled or eligible to be enrolled with Apache Behavioral Health Services, specifically with the Thrive program. The Birth to Five Specialist maintains a caseload, providing caregiver coaching, family training and special instruction of developmentally age-appropriate activities to Thrive clients. The Thrive Birth to Five Specialist will conduct assessments and individual clinical services to infants and children age birth to five and their families. 



  1. Manages a caseload of enrolled clients who would benefit from counseling services.
  2. Engages the child/ family collaboratively to create safety and stability for each family member.
  3. Engages children ages 0-5 and their families in counseling, skills training, and assessment services. Facilitates family, individual, and group counseling, skill training and education programs.
  4. Plans for client treatment discharge/termination including establishing treatment plans that addresses projected length of care and discharge criteria, helping the family plan and prepare for discharge needs, maintaining progress notes that reflect movement towards goals/objectives. Makes follow-up referral as needed.
  5. Provides effective client treatment with participation in frequent clinical supervision at the discretion of the clinical supervisor and program manager.
  6. Builds rapport and credibility simultaneously with varying individuals, family members, populations, stakeholders, and community members.
  7. Abide by all applicable policies, procedures, and program standards of ABHS, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Indian Health Services, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and other pertinent regulatory authorities.
  8. Complete timely assessment and facilitation in accordance with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) guidelines for mental health. Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility and competence in adjusting to clientele with varying degrees of traumatic experiences and complex psychological presentations, under clinical supervision.
  9. Ability to address a variety of diverse spiritual, emotional, and social needs in multiple environments of an often-high-risk population, using a trauma-informed care approach while maintaining a high degree of professionalism and cultural awareness.
  10. Collaborates with schools, juvenile court/probation, tribal/community agencies, families, and other natural support systems to ensure client’s needs are met. Develops a strong working relationship with school faculty and staff.
  11. Provides services at the clinic, in the community, at schools, children’s shelters, adult shelters, and in client’s homes to ensure client obtains all benefits and services necessary to be successful in completing all treatment plan initiatives.
  12. The ability to provide outreach and awareness through educational presentations to community stakeholders.
  13. Participates in interdepartmental clinical team meetings to assist and encourage consistent and timely provision of services. Participates in weekly clinical staffing with other members of the clinical team to review client progress and service requirements.
  14. Ability to facilitate referral process to assure continuity of care across programs at ABHS.
  15. Ability to provide client walk-in services in the office as related to the enrollment and assessment of clients.
  16. Ability to complete timely and thorough assessments and treatment plans based on clients’ presenting needs within 72 hours of initial client contact.
  17. Ability to maintain client records in accordance with HIPAA, AHCCCS, ABHS, Federal, State, Tribal, and local requirements.
  18. Maintain ethical policies and guidelines as outlined in accepted State ethics laws, rules, policies, and principles and as outlined in discipline-specific code of ethics.
  19. Provide a positive role model to clients and staff through leadership, self-discipline, and genuine care for the treatment and recovery of clients. All clients and staff members must be treated with dignity and respect.
  20. Participation in all required ABHS training.
  21. Reports/attends work in timely manner. Must be reliable and communicate directly with supervisor in all matters of attendance.
  22. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or clinical director.



  1. Must have bachelor’s degree. Course of Study: Psychology, counseling, and social work, or directly related field OR any combination education/experience that meets BHT requirements as stipulated by AZDHS/BHS.
  2. Two-years work related experience in mental health field engaged in the treatment of infants/toddlers and their families.
  3. Must have knowledge of Infant/Toddler Development and/or Early Care and Education or other standards for birth to five.
  4. Experience working with Native Americans preferred.
  5. Must have good clinical report writing ability and knowledge of basic computer applications and Electronic Health Record.
  6. Good time management skills and ability to work independently.
  7. Provide direct clinical service, education, support, and assessment to the birth to five population.
  8. In addition, utilizing tools and skills to assist children and families in the birth-5 population attain resources essential for development.
  9. Must have a valid AZ driver's license.
  10. Must have Fingerprint clearance card or be eligible to obtain one.
  11. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of employment.


**NOTE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473).




The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. 


Constant: standing. Frequent: repetitive use of hand, walking, standing, bending neck and waist, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting neck and waist, simple grasping of left and right hand, power grasping right and left hand, fine manipulation right and left hand, pushing and pulling right and left hand, reaching above shoulder level, reaching below shoulder level, lifting objects weighing up to 25 pounds from below the waist to a height of 3 feet. 


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The employment is considered “at will” and agree that employment can be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time at the option of either the employee or the company.