Mental Health Professional (Psychologist or Social Worker)

Location
Rockville, Maryland
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience
Posted
Apr 06, 2018
Closes
May 11, 2018
Hours
Full Time

The Mental Health Professional is responsible for the provision of mental health counseling services and the development of social skills programming for students, providing individual or small group counseling services as deemed necessary by assessment and as indicated by a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). The caseload for this position is anticipated to be primarily within the Model Asperger Program (MAP), serving students from elementary through early high school ages. The MAP Program serves students with average to above average cognitive abilities who struggle in mainstream learning environments due to difficulties with social skills, executive functioning, flexible thinking, and self-regulation. This dynamic, diploma-track program provides not only the academic instruction to challenge their intellect, but a myriad of supports to cultivate the social skills they need for navigating the world and the problem solving strategies that enable them to respond flexibly and successfully to challenging situations.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of social skills/social thinking curriculum to address student needs identified by the educational team or as indicated by the program/division
  • Complete psychosocial assessments to determine if counseling services are warranted within the school environment
  • Provide mental health related supports to students during crisis moments
  • Provide consultation to school staff to support the emotional needs of the school community (students, families, staff)
  • Maintain accurate documentation according to COMAR regulations and LEA requirements
  • Provide parent support and guidance on an as-needed basis
  • Collaborate and coordinate services with community therapists and agencies
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, contributing a mental health perspective
  • Develop Social-Emotional IEP goals for students in treatment, complete annual IEP reports, recommendations, and quarterly progress reports on social and emotional goals
  • Hold confidential all knowledge of students and their families
  • Maintain ethical standards of applicable professional Board of Examiners
  • Work collaboratively with other team members in programs/divisions as assigned

Requirements

  • MSW (Masters in Social Work), MA or MS in Psychology, or PhD or PsyD (doctorate in Psychology)
  • Advanced state licensure (LCSW-C), Or MA or MS in Psychology plus advanced state licensure (LCPC), Or Licensed Psychologist (PhD or PsyD)
  • Maryland State licensure that allows for provision of mental health services as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Maryland State Regulations
  • Knowledge and/or experience using therapeutic best practices for promoting the social and emotional growth of individuals with developmental disabilities and high functioning autism (e.g.,Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Working knowledge of research and literature related to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Experience working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team
  • Experience delivering school-based mental health services
  • Clinical experience with students with special needs, including, but not limited to, a range of developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disabilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer skills related to common office tasks such as email, conducting internet searches, and using MSOffice (e.g., MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint)