Social Worker - Special Education School

Montgomery County, Maryland
Jul 07, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
Full Time

The mission of The Foundation Schools is to provide a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students with emotional and other disabilities and social emotional and learning challenges, preparing them to be productive and successful in their future academic and career paths.  We are seeking a qualified School Social Worker to provide our students with the tools and guidance they need to be successful.

For over 40 years, The Foundation Schools’ mix of academic support and therapeutic services has given our students a chance to reach their full potential.  The Foundation Schools is currently approved by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia to provide services to students who have not been successful in their home school’s environment. The Foundation Schools has schools in Gaithersburg and Largo, Maryland that serve over 200 students in grades K-12.

We are currently accepting resumes for a School Social Worker. This position will be located to fulfill our Montgomery County Public School Preventative Services Contract.

Comprehensive benefits include tuition assistance.  Visit our website on


  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Current Maryland LCSW-C license
  • MSDE School Social Work certification or eligibility for MSDE School Social Work Certification
  • Three years successful experience in child and/or adolescent group and family counseling in a school environment preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DSM-V and IDEA 2004 and their specific applications to educating the students with disabilities

Basic Job Duties:

  • Employ clinical strategies and techniques to provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to encourage students to be school ready
  • Ensure counseling and behavioral support service requirements are met to maintain 100% compliance with students’ IEPs and counseling requirements are rendered as prescribed on the IEP
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt therapeutic environment, activities, styles and behavior management practices to meet the needs of a diverse student population in both individual and group sessions
  • Use observation and assessment tools to determine students’ needs and adapt interventions and practices to accommodate those needs; evaluate therapeutic effectiveness, document and share modifications based on data, reflection and feedback
  • Establish expectations for behavior in counseling; set standards for participation and behavior during the school day; encourage students’ ownership and contribution to the school program
  • Provide case management for students; collaborate with parents, guardians and outside agencies to make appropriate referrals for needed services and look for new resources that support students’ social and emotional growth
  • Provide a safe, structured, creative and engaging area that is conducive to counseling
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of  cognitive counseling for children and adolescents
  • Complete required clinical forms and documentation within assigned deadlines
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display awareness of students’ diagnoses and adapt intervention strategies accordingly to implement the requirements of the students’ IEPs and to promote student success
  • Monitor students’ attendance and truancy; develop incentive plans to address issues as needed
  • Effectively manage student behavior through implementation of behavior management systems, school rules and policies; model appropriate behavior for students during the school day
  • Proactively identify behaviors among all students that could lead to a crisis, an unsafe situation or disrupt the learning environment; use effective behavior management techniques to address these behaviors in order to limit the severity and length of disruptions
  • Model and administer effective and appropriate strategies during a crisis including the participation in physical escorts, restraints or seclusions as necessary
  • Work with school leaders, teachers, other related service providers and student support staff, collaboratively to develop and implement students’ academic, social emotional and behavioral goals and plans
  • Actively participate in group activities, committees, meetings and professional development activities
  • Consistently model and implement the organization’s core values to drive actions and to guide our students to incorporate Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership into positive behaviors
  • Comply with all policies, rules, protocols and procedures
  • Complete other duties as assigned

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