The Clinical Psychologist position is jointly supported between the Infant-Parent Program (IPP) within the Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Solid Start Initiative at ZSFG. This position represents a unique opportunity to enhance collaboration and coordination among multiple, intersecting perinatal and infant-family and early childhood mental health efforts within these two programs.
The Infant-Parent Program is a multifaceted infant and early childhood mental health program offering infant-parent psychotherapy; perinatal mental health services; case-centered and programmatic consultation; therapeutic play groups, therapeutic shadowing, and intensive training. The Program serves a diverse, multicultural population of approximately 3400 children pre to 5 years of age and their caregivers. The projects supported by this position primarily serve a Latinx, Spanish-speaking community, with over 75% of clients served identifying as Latinx and approximately 50% mono-lingual Spanish-speaking. Within IPP, about 75 children and their families are seen in intensive home-based treatment through the program's Medi-Cal contract or IPP's collaborative project with SF Family Treatment Court. Approximately 50 more families annually are provided with integrated behavioral health support in hospital-based collaboration with Solid Start. The remaining 3325 of the children are served through mental health consultation services provided to caregivers in early care and education sites, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, family resource centers and residential substance abuse treatment programs. IPP's Intensive-Practice Based Training in Multicultural Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health offers professional development and training to multidisciplinary students entering the field of infant and early childhood mental health. On a yearly basis, IPP trains a cohort of 3 to 10 students, including social work and marriage and family therapist students.
Launched in 2015, the Solid Start Initiative is a multi-disciplinary collaboration based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) focused on pregnant people and families with young children. Solid Start strives to improve both the well-being of the individual families served at ZSFG and throughout San Francisco. Its mission is to promote health and health equity by developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative models of comprehensive care for pregnant people and families with children 0 through 3. Solid Start envisions a healthcare system that brings community-based and clinical-based efforts together to improve all aspects of care for pregnant people and families with young children at ZSFG. Partnering with like-minded programs such as the IPP, is a core part of Solid Start's approach to improve the patient care experience and achieve equitable health outcomes for the individuals and families served.
This new position is the first position to be jointly supported and supervised by IPP and Solid Start. The position exists to further cement and expand the partnership across these entities as well as to provide perinatal, infant and early childhood mental health treatment, consultation and training. This Clinical Psychologist will provide multiple perinatal and infant-family and early childhood mental health services. Within Solid Start, this position will focus on integrated perinatal mental health services including evaluation, brief intervention with a dyadic focus, and care coordination, all designed to flexibly meet the complex needs of this perinatal population. Given that a significant number of pregnant people served in this clinical setting identify as Latin-x, often with traumatic recent immigration experiences, the ability to conduct therapy in Spanish is crucial. When clinically appropriate, this Clinical Psychologist will follow families across the "birth divide" to ensure linkage and a "warm hand off" to both pediatric and adult primary care teams. A key aspect of this role will be consultation to and coordination with providers in multiple hospital-based settings including prenatal care, labor and delivery, the neonatal intensive care unit.
Within IPP, this position will provide intensive, home-based (when possible) parent-child psychotherapy for families participating in San Francisco Family Treatment Court (SFFTC). This position will also serve as a support in coordinating this collaborative project with SF Family Treatment Court, participating as a community partner in the Family Treatment Court Team meetings and meeting regularly with the IPP and FTC Directors. This position may also provide clinical case consultation to other IPP staff or trainees providing parent-child psychotherapy to families involved in SFFTC. In addition to direct clinical treatment, this position will provide ECMH consultation to 1-2 programs in the community. The consultation aspects of the position are aimed at supporting and enhancing the capacity of providers in family-serving systems to understand, identify and respond to the social and emotional wellbeing of infants and young children in their program. This position will also provide coordination and leadership within IPP's Intensive-Practice Based Training in Multicultural Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, serving as the Co-Director of Training in partnership with the IPP's current Co-Director of Training.
While this position will hold unique responsibilities within each program, the intention of the design of this position is to highlight and promote opportunities for greater communication, collaboration and systems coordination between and among the various perinatal and early childhood mental health systems. This position will work closely with both the IPP and Solid Start Directors to identify gaps and highlight opportunities within these systems for more effective, collaborative, and responsive care for pregnant families, infants and young children.
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