The School Social Worker provides both direct and indirect counseling services to students and their families and/or legal guardians. The School Social Worker provides services as required by the student’s IEP to assist individuals in meeting their social-emotional and educational potential. The School Social Worker will work with families/legal guardians, outside agencies and school district personnel to provide consultation, transition planning, and educational services coordination. The School Social Worker serves as an integral member of the school team.
- Completes social developmental studies and cultural and/or adaptive behavioral assessments as they apply to special education case study evaluations.
- Reviews student referral packets for pertinent social developmental and/or mental health related information.
- Facilitate on-going communication with school district personnel regarding student progress.
- Remains current regarding availability of outside agencies, hospitals and/or rehabilitation programs and social service facilities.
- Gathers information from other staff prior to student staffing or IEP.
- Completes IEP or other reports to be presented at staffing.
- Gives verbal or written feedback of student’s progress and future goals and objectives at staffing.
- Communicates with parents in a supportive manner providing them with special education related information.
- Participates and contributes to in-service sessions and provides input and suggestions for future topics and directions.
- Encourages the existence of student organizations that may assist with the accomplishment of personal and institutional goals.
- Responsible for being knowledgeable about key issues in student’s present and past experience that may influence their actions and affect their learning abilities.
- Adjusts and merges treatment and instruction accordingly.
- Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license.
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with Jen School students, supervisors, coworkers, subordinates, support agencies, and a variety of internal as well as external consumers.
- Basic computer proficiency including working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Adheres to the policies and procedures of Maryville Jen School.
- Knowledge of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) eligibility, planning, instruction and service delivery processes.
- Knowledge of service delivery options and documentation of service delivery.
- Knowledge of individual, family, and group therapy techniques.
- Knowledge of crisis intervention procedures.
- Knowledge of clinical assessment skills.
- Knowledge of therapeutic planning and techniques.
- Skill in organizing and prioritizing work loads to meet deadlines.
- Skill in telephone etiquette.
- Required to frequently sit, stand, bend, stoop, walk and drive for extended periods. Ability to walk up and down stairs.
- Required to occasionally lift/move objects and/or youth weighing in excess of 40 pounds.
- Must possess the ability to provide physical restraint for students threatening to harm themselves or others.
- Must have the visual, hearing, and learning capabilities sufficient to perform the essential functions defined above.