Under the direction of the Director of Student Support Services, the District Licensed Clinical Social Worker will provide social emotional and mental health services to students and their families within the school district. These services include student case management, crisis support, family counseling, individual and group counseling and participation on the District's Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Team and the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). The District Licensed Clinical Social Worker will assist school administrators and counselors to identify and assist students, families and schools in overcoming barriers that may interfere with learning outcomes and school attendance concerns through assessment, counseling, consultation, coordination of school and community resources, and program development. The District Licensed Clinical Social Worker utilizes knowledge of human behavior and social, cultural, and community influences to help create a positive and supportive learning environment for students. The District Licensed Clinical Social Worker will also be responsible for overseeing the recruitment, supervision and development of university social work district interns in collaboration with partnering colleges/universities.
The outcome of the District Licensed Clinical Social Worker job performance will be as follows:
- Develop a Social Work program, including recruitment and supervision of interns, and program planning and evaluation.
- Effectively oversee a Social Work Intern program, including group supervision and weekly individual supervision of Interns.
- Plan and conduct programs to improve community health and counseling services and prevent at-risk behaviors.
- Improve school climate and culture, through the enhancement of outreach, student engagement strategies and parent education.
- Provide mental health assessment and services to students and their families.
- Case manage a group of students from schools across the district in need of long-term social-emotional counseling and support services.
- Provide family counseling to students and family members when needed.
- Coordinate delivery of services with community agencies, acting as both advocate and liaison.
- Collect and assess information about students through interviews, observation, and review of documents.
- Act as student advocate in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
- Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
- Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans.
- Conduct classroom observations to provide consultation and intervention strategies to assist teachers in addressing the behavioral, academic and/or social emotional needs of students.
- Conduct house visits when needed to meet with parents and families of students receiving mental health district services.
- Provide coaching and support to counselors and administrators to support students who demonstrate behavioral, social, and/or emotional difficulties.
- Assist parents in better understanding the psychosocial needs of their child by providing in-service trainings and workshops across school sites.
- Provide staff development in the areas of mental health, attendance, student engagement strategies, child abuse and neglect, behavioral management in the classroom, coping with grief and loss, and other areas as needed.
- Serve as district liaison in cases involving the Department of Children and Family Social Services.
- Assist school counselors and administrators in conducting student threat assessments.
- Assist school counselors and administrators with making Psychiatric Emergency Team (PET) recommendations and calls.
- Assist counselors in facilitating student social emotional counseling support groups when needed.
- Participates on School District Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Team.
- Prepare records, summaries, and reports in compliance with the standards and requirements of the district. Collaborate with the Student Support Services Department to meet the needs of foster and homeless youth; students with attendance concerns and other at-risk student sub groups.
- Serves on monthly district Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) meetings to problem-solve student chronic absenteeism.
- Supervise and support social work and/or counseling interns to meet the social /emotional needs of students at the school site.
- Prepare and maintain accurate records and filing systems.
- Communicate clearly through all mediums.
- Maintain confidentiality of student records and information.
- Work with public and outside agencies.
- Prepare reports, presentations, materials and present in a group setting.
- Work independently under general supervision.
- Supervise assigned classified staff.
- Assist with other district level projects overseen by the Student Support Services Department and/or the larger Educational Services Division.
- Knowledge of Education Code related to Child Welfare and Attendance;
- Best practices in the areas of mental health, student engagement and social emotional learning and its relationship to other types of learning;
- Child development;
- Report writing and techniques;
- Effective supervision and evaluation strategies (for working with Social Work Interns and assigned classified staff);
- General Social Work practice;
- Common diagnosis and treatments for school-aged children, and skills necessary to facilitate positive change in the school environment;
- Conflict resolution techniques and strategies;
- Ability to work independently as needed as well as with groups;
- Assess the needs of the student and the influence of the environment around those needs;
- With appropriate training, may be required to provide First Aid/CPR
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and interpersonal skills with others using tact, patience, and courtesy.
Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) Certification (Required)
California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential (Preferred but not Required)
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or other related field from an accredited college/university.
Master's in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited college/university
Minimum of three (3) years of successful experience in a position performing pupil personnel services, social work and/or related functions in a school setting or teaching in a school setting.
Have and maintain a valid California driver's license.
Bilingual and Biliterate in Spanish and English.
Knowledge of or experience working with urban students of culturally diverse backgrounds.
Knowledge of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
Knowledge of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Framework.
Ability to case manage several projects and tasks.
Ability to communicate and relate effectively with staff, students and community members.
Collaborates well with others to complete projects and tasks.
Employment Type: Sub-Only