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Mental Health Therapist - Bilingual Spanish preferred
FTE: 1.0 FTE Salary: $43,112.00 - $83,445.00 FLSA: Licensed (Professional) Contract Status: Temporary Start Date: January 2020 Calendar: 200-day calendar - Note: Additional days may be required Notes: This position is open until filled with earliest review of applications on December 20, 2019. Bilingual Spanish preferred. This is a brief description/summary of the position. Please view the attachment for the full job description.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this position is to provide primary guidance, prevention, counseling and coordinated services to students in cooperation with parents, school staff and members of community services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Meets the standards of Competent and Ethical Performance as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 584-020-000 to 584-020-045). The following are examples of principle duties; however, any one position may not cover all duties listed and examples may not cover all duties an employee is expected to perform.
Clinical Screening, Assessment & Treatment
Provide direct individual, family and group psychotherapy within a school based behavioral health center.
Manage a flexible caseload of clinical work and be able to manage individuals whose needs span the intensity of clinical needs. Management of a large population of potential clients on a “needs” based (rather than “productivity” based) model of care provision is essential.
Monitor all students to assure that appropriate referrals and/or plans are made to support educational progress and social/emotional balance.
Consult with teachers, students and parents in identifying and solving problems that interfere with school progress.
Work with individuals and groups of students to improve skills in decision-making and interpersonal relations.
Documentation and Administrative Management
Complete required clinical documentation to maintain a medical/legal client record (including assessments, treatment plans, recommendation letters and service notes).
Maintain accurate, complete and confidential records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
Population Based Health Management
Clinicians will be a participant in school based needs team, IEP processes and work in concert with school counselors and administrators as a key behavioral health responder. These services will transcend the traditional “talk therapy” model and work as a community health provider within a school environment.
Participate in development and implementation of individual student plans (e.g., IEP, 504).
Work as part of the school team to fully implement Response to Intervention (RTI).
Mental Health Response Team Facilitator
Act as a key point of contact and facilitation for mental health response for given buildings.
Clinical direction and guidance to administrators and staff will be required from the position of “peer expert”.
Work collaboratively with school personnel in meeting diverse social, emotional and academic needs of students.
Assist in transition between elementary and middle school or middle school and high school.
Serve as liaison between school and community resources that benefit students, parents and school community.
Create and model a respectful learning environment.
Effectively work with and respond to people from diverse cultures or backgrounds.
Work effectively and collaboratively with diverse student, staff and community populations.
Establish and maintain open lines of communication with all students and with parents/guardians concerning both academic and behavioral progress of students.
Assist school staff and administration in implementing all policies and/or rules governing student conduct, reinforce individual schools’ plans for positive behavior support, and utilize effective, proactive behavior management skills in all school settings.
Utilize technology as related to job responsibilities.
Reflect upon own performance and accept and utilize supervisory suggestions and feedback.
Take primary responsibility for pursuing and evaluating own professional growth.
Attend and participate in staff meetings and district inservice meetings.
Participate in activities that are related to school functions and/or the education process that occur outside the regular workday, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
Perform other duties as assigned.
GENERAL PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Perform duties in a courteous and efficient manner that builds the confidence of staff, students and the public in the Corvallis School District and enhances learning.
Maintain regular attendance at work and work activities, and is punctual in meeting deadlines, attending meetings, and following schedule.
Observe laws, district policies and procedures, and professional standards for this position.
Work effectively and collaboratively with diverse student, parent and community populations
Carry out work responsibilities with strong organizational skills, effectively under pressure of deadlines, difficult situations, interruptions, and new or emergency conditions.
Respect confidential information and the privacy of students, staff and parents.
Support students and staff in the district’s career related learning standards to encourage the development of independent work skills through career exploration and community involvement.
Collect, record, store, retrieve, assimilate, organize and utilize information and records electronically and by using traditional methods.
Develop job skills necessary to meet changes in the position.
Maintain personal appearance and hygiene appropriate to the position as defined by the district.
Meet applicable district physical ability/health and safety guidelines for the position.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Valid PsyD, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, or equivalent Oregon professional licensure strongly preferred.
Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling.
Minimum two years of work experience in mental health. Of the two (2) years of progressively responsible mental health experience, at least one (1) year of work experience must provide case management and treatment to individuals with mental illness and/or addictions
Experience working with variety of people with from diverse cultures or backgrounds.
Understanding of confidentiality, HIPPA and their application to client records.
Understanding of FERPA requirements and the unique records and information sharing process between clinical and educational entities.
Effective oral and written communication skills, especially written skills for assessment, formulation and service notation is required and clinical skills around communicating with families, educators and community members in a professional manner is needed.
Experience with community behavioral health, systemic intervention, or public health with youth and families.
Possess strong professional social and interpersonal skills.
Understanding of human growth and development patterns, learning theory and brain research.
Familiarity with a variety of age appropriate guidance, counseling and behavior management strategies that reflect current research on best practices
Ability to listen with empathy and understanding to others who have concerns to express.
Knowledge of state and federal education laws and of student and staff rights.
Ability to exhibit professionalism and effective human relations.
Ability to effectively manage and supervise students and their work.
Ability to facilitate meetings and collaboration efforts with staff and community.
Ability to travel among district facilities and, if driving, the ability to meet district driving standards.
Standard First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain certification within two months of hire, may be required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Frequent or prolonged standing, sitting and walking.
Crouching to work with younger students.
Possibly moderate to high noise level.
Frequent and prolonged talking/listening in conversations/meetings.
Requires accurate perceiving of sound.
Requires handling and working with variety of materials and objects.
Requires close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Work may occasionally involve lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds, possibly up to 50 pounds.
Possible exposure to bodily fluids due to student injury or illness.
Possible exposure to bodily harm due to student behaviors.
Will be required to be trained in physical intervention with students who are in mental health crisis and may be required to engage in clinically indicated physical intervention.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position is primarily performed indoors in school buildings, although some outdoor instruction and supervision are required.
This position involves working in close proximity to groups of children and adults.
Evening and/or extended work hours may be required.
This position may require traveling to multiple work sites.
NOTE: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The school district may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this (or the position itself) at any time it deems advisable.
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