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The Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center SPECIALIST, HEALTHY STEPS in Brooklyn, New York

HealthySteps, an evidence-based program of Zero to Three, helps to ensure that parents and their babies get off to a strong start in life. Through a unique approach that integrates a child development specialist into the pediatric care team, HealthySteps enhances the practice to support the health, well-being and school readiness of babies and toddlers and their parents.

  • Participate in team-based well-child visits with parents and their young children alongside the physician.

  • Provide consultations to families and young children regarding developmental and behavioral concerns.

  • Conduct intensive Infant Mental Health assessments and provide on-going dyadic therapy intervention to families experiencing relational or behavioral challenges and/or exposure to trauma.

  • Provide anticipatory guidance to caregivers and other primary care providers around common concerns such as early learning, sleep, feeding, discipline, toilet training, etc.

  • Coordinate implementation of all core components of the HealthySteps program including: universal development and behavioral screenings for all children, maternal depression and family needs screenings.

  • Make positive parenting and early learning guidance information readily available to all patients and staff.

  • Provide referrals and ensures follow-up as appropriate, to help families make connections to key resources within the community.

  • Document all patient activity and care coordination in patient record in accordance with program and hospital policies.

  • Work closely with pediatric providers around care coordination, goal setting, counseling, coaching, and education about key aspects of a child’s development.

  • Maintain databases required to meet HealthySteps fidelity metrics.

  • Collaborate with HealthySteps team to complete reports to funders and annual site reporting to the National Office, which may include analysis of both external database files and EMR data reports.

  • Participates in weekly reflective supervision meetings and monthly staff meetings.

  • When appropriate, participates in community-wide early childhood meetings, committees, programs and special projectsas needed.

  • May facilitate skills and/or support groups.

  • All other duties as requested.


  • Master’s Degree in psychology, social work, counseling or related field highly preferred.


  • Experience and knowledge about early childhood growth and development, parent–child relationships, early childhood and infant mental health, and family systems theory.

  • Experience evaluating the development and social well-being of infants and children less than 3 years of age.

  • Experience with play therapy or dyadic treatment intervention preferred.

  • Previous experience in the medical field preferred.


  • Licensed Professional preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated expertise in child development.

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with underserved populations in a community setting.

  • Ability to work with people of many cultures.

  • Displays sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

  • Ability to take initiative and willingness to learn.

  • Ability to work well both in teams and independently.

  • Strong motivational interviewing skills.

  • Commitment to a family-centered, strengths-based approach to care.

  • Ability to collect and enter data for program management, evaluation and reporting purposes.

  • Must be empathic, supportive, and patient.

  • Experience in the use of technology (Excel, Word, Outlook, EHRs, etc.) to improve care quality a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Position requires prolonged periods of sitting, standing, reaching, and walking throughout the working day.

  • Position will be required to stoop, bend, lift, and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center.

BHMC is an equal opportunity employer, it is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, military status, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or handicap or other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

ID: 2023-14881

External Company URL: http://www.brookdalehospital.org/home.html

Street: 1 Brookdale Plaza