2020/21 Mental Health Specialist

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Non-Instructional Support

Description



Leander ISD is currently evaluating several potential models in light of the changing situation, and following guidance established by local, state and federal leaders. 
 
Regardless of what decisions are reached in order to open our campuses and operations, we must ask that all applicants, new employees, and current staff be prepared for
possible variations in campus assignments, hours of operations, and modifications to job duties among other considerations.
 
Any of these possible changes may not be known until we move into the school year and certainly will depend upon any developments in managing COVID -19 restrictions and recommendations.

 

If hired, the State Board for Educator Certification will require all first time applicants for an initial credential to be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check. A cost of up to $49.00 will be charged for fingerprinting.

PRIMARY PURPOSE

 
To provide services that help Leander ISD students and families achieve a sense of safety, stability and healthy wellbeing in order to be successful in school.  This position is contingent upon funding from a LEEF grant.
 
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
  • Provide screening and assessment for students having difficulty functioning in school or home environment.
  • Provide individual weekly, bi-monthly or monthly therapy and/or case management with students, ages ranging from 4-22 years and caregiver(s) whose child is enrolled in Leander ISD.
  • Provide family counseling and/or case management on weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly basis with identified student(s) and caregiver(s).
  • Develop and facilitate group therapy throughout the district.
  • Collaborate as a team when serving families.
  • Provide clinical support during campus-wide crisis response.
  • Provide individual crisis intervention with students and caregivers including suicide screeners and provide district wide crisis intervention.
  • Provide thorough documentation and social service records for all sessions with clients.
  • Provide consultation to district staff.
  • Develop various supporting documents and procedures for the district.
  • Conduct home visits.
  • Strong case management skills including assessment and referral to appropriate community resources.
  • Collaborate as a team when serving families.
  • Ability to make multiple school/home visits in a day.
  • Flexible schedule including seeing families/students after school hours.
  • Demonstrates regular and prompt attendance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • None.
 
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Education/Certification/Experience:
  • Master’s degree in social work or counseling with LPC or LCSW licensure preferred.
  • Valid Texas social worker’s license or professional counselor license.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents and families preferably in a school setting.
  • Bilingual preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
  • Knowledge of community resources available.
  • Skill in clinical assessment and delivery of individual, group and family psychotherapy and case management.
  • Ability to provide clinical judgment based on appropriate licensure Code of Ethics and district policies.
  • Establish and maintain effective, open communication with students, parents, teachers and administrators; perform duties both autonomously and collaboratively within a team; interpret laws, policies, and procedures; and to travel district-wide to conduct home visits.
 
Mental/Physical/Environmental Demands
  • May be exposed to outdoor weather conditions during portions of work day.
  • Needs to move about inside the classroom or campus to monitor students as necessary.
  • Maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling and pushing.
  • Frequent moving of small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment.
  • Occasional requires lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Occasional prolonged and irregular hours.
  • Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules of others on short-term basis.
  • Ability to make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate work unit and monitor impact outside immediate work unit.
  • Use standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals.
  • Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
  • Repetitive hand motions including frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
  • Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds).
  • May work prolonged or irregular hours.
  • Frequent districtwide, statewide, and out-of-state travel.
  • Work with frequent interruptions.
  • Maintain composure and professionalism at all times.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted By

Leander ISD

P.O. Box 218 , Leander, TX 78646
 

At the following locations

Teaching & Learning

P.O. Box 218 , Leander, TX 78646



Insights
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$9,650

State Average: $10,068

% ELL Students

5%

State Average: 17%

Student Teacher Ratio

15.20

State Average: 15.26

% IEP Students

10%

State Average: 9%

FTE

4,510

State Average: 558