2021-2022 Student Assistance Specialist
Reports To: Secondary School Principal/Director of Mental Health
FSLA Status: Non-Exempt
Compensation: 912 (Salary determined by experience.)
Work Days: 196
Student Assistance Specialist
The Student Assistance Counselor is responsible for school-wide coordination of the Prevention, Intervention and Postvention programs. The person in this position should have the ability to be a strong leader, have a thorough knowledge of student assistance counseling, be effective in working with at-risk students impacted by crises including trauma, poverty, alcohol/drug dependency, suicide ideation, self-harm, threats to self and threats to others. The ability to effectively and cooperatively work with teachers, school counselors, students, parents, other district and local assistance program representatives, and school administration.
- Develops and implements a Student Assistance Program that promotes the Embrace OKC Mental Health Plan within the school site.
- Develops, implements and functions as the gatekeeper for Embrace OKC curriculum, services and in-service programs for instructional staff concerning trauma, alcohol/drug dependency, suicide ideations, self-harm, threats to self and threats to others.
- Provides on-going education and training of students and faculty through workshops, seminars, booklets and classroom presentations.
- Assists the administration in identifying, referring, and implementing intervention programs.
- Provides group or individual support for students identified as experiencing crisis, trauma, or needing emotional and/or mental health supports or other related issues.
- Assists the administration, teacher, counselors and/or parents in obtaining information about procedures and practices for intervention and referral for treatment services for at-risk students.
- Develops and implements group and/or individual counseling sessions for students concerning prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- Follows through on all activities involving students from initial referral to the final determination and possible treatment and return to school for those needing external treatment.
- Updates forms and submits appropriate reports of all activities to the School Principal and Director of Mental Health.
- Cooperates with local, state, federal, and approved private agencies that are involved with student health and well-being.
- Acts as an in-school resource for crisis response and mental health issues while building relationships with community organizations, agencies and therapist to provide parents with referrals.
- Participates as the Crisis Management Team member for their site.
- Reviews in-school policies relating to "at risk" behaviors and provides feedback and suggestions when necessary
- Assists counselors and faculty with students' re-entry after hospitalization or similar interventions.
- Reviews the Wellness Plan with the returning student and parent, and assist in writing a plan when in-patient facility fails to provide this document.
- Follows up with doctors, therapists and referral agencies.
- Writes contracts to facilitate students' continued compliance with school policies.
- Monitors closely the first weeks following re-entry while providing support and guidance to students,
- families and staff.
- Functions as a crisis response counselor at other sites when assigned by the Director of Mental Health.
- Maintains required confidentiality of the program.
- Performs any other activities as required by the administration in the areas of prevention, intervention and postvention, or related issues.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required):
- Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling or related field.
- Oklahoma licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP) Including one or more of the following: LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LADC-MH.
- Two (2) years’ Experience/Background in crisis counseling, individual and group counseling.
- Two (2) years’ Professional Experience in working with children and/or adolescents in a successful public-school experience, social service, or health care facility.
- Proficient in a number of therapeutic models including CBT.
- Must be able to:
- perform assigned tasks.
- adhere to the code of ethics in their licensure.
- possess and demonstrate leadership qualities.
- possess the ability to get along with students, parents, staff and the public.
- follow district policies and procedures.
- to keep professional skills and information updated through attendance at workshops and reading material.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities):
- Five (5) or more years’ Experience/Background in crisis counseling, individual and group counseling.
- Bilingual preferred
- Must have adequate manual dexterity to write legibly and perform required duties on the computer.
- Must have adequate visual acuity to read, interpret and transcribe written material and other required duties.
- Requires normal range of hearing and clear speaking abilities to interact appropriately with others in person and on the telephone.
- some stooping, bending, stretching and occasional lifting not to exceed 25 pounds.
- Sitting for prolonged periods of time.
- May periodically require work outside of normal business hours, including weekends, under sometimes stressful conditions in order to meet business needs and strict deadlines.
- Office duties will be performed in a well-lighted, climate-controlled environment.
- Driving personal vehicle within and outside the district.
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the supervisor or appropriate administrator. Oklahoma City Public Schools reserves the right to, update, revise or change job duties as the need prevails. This document is for communication only and not intended to imply a written or implied contract of employment. The Board of Education and Superintendent may approve alternatives to the listed qualifications.