Under general direction of the Executive Director, Special Education, assist children and families with their personal and social problems; assist children and families in understanding the causes of their problems and work with them to modify and change attitudes and behavior to facilitate learning.
U nit/Degree verification (including equivalency of foreign degrees) must be submitted with the online application as an attachment in the form of unofficial transcripts. Equivalence of foreign degrees must have been reviewed and verified by a regionally accredited foreign degrees review agency.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL LICENSE OR LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Education: Earned Master's degree in social work (MSW) from an accredited college or university.
Experience: At least one (1) year of experience working in a social work setting involving school age children. Experience in a school-based mental health service program is highly desirable.
SPECIAL LICENSE OR LANGUAGE SKILLS
A valid class 'C' driver's license is required and the use of a private automobile or alternative means of transportation is necessary to travel around the school community. Bilingual Spanish skills may be required for some positions.
Registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science as an Associate Social Worker is required.
Employees must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform psychiatric social work in an assigned location under the supervision of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Promote early identification of students with behavioral, social, and/or emotional problems and provide these students, their parents, and schools with opportunities for ameliorative intervention. Consult with school personnel in matters of understanding and working with the effects of human feelings and conflicts on a student's learning and behavior. Conduct in-service education. Participate in the integration of services provided by the School-Based Mental Health Services Consortium with those offered by the District. Conduct mental health assessment and diagnosis, treatment, and other ongoing group and individual psychotherapeutic services for students and their families in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health policies and procedures. Facilitate the involvement of community mental health agencies in the collaborative delivery of effective mental health services. Promote parent involvement in the educational process; provides mental health education for parents. Participate in data collection and research projects of the Mental Health Services Section. Prepare service documents, summaries, and statistical reports in compliance with the standards and requirements of the District and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Coordinate the performance of subordinate personnel and contributes to the performance evaluation of social work students.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Skill in: Helping students function the best way they can in their environment, deal with their relationships and solve personal and family problems.
Knowledge of: Theory and practice of social work; diagnosis techniques to assess behavior; principles on the condition of children, families, and communities, partnerships between families and human service professionals, and inter-professional practice in urban American communities; relationships between federal, state and local policies which provide services to children and families; theories of personality, family, group organization, community and culture and the interaction among these systems; inter-relationship of psychological, sociological, cultural, and biological theories of behavior relevant to understanding normal and problematic development of children and their families; nature and treatment of substance abuse and other addictive disorders as well as relevant treatment models for individuals, groups, and families.
Ability to: Successfully apply social work theory and practice; diagnose social, behavioral, and emotional problems; make sound judgments and recommend appropriate actions; Create partnerships between the school, student and family; arrange services between students and other agencies; make appropriate referrals; work cooperatively with a variety of paraprofessional, professional, clerical and administrative personnel; maintain sensitivity to ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual differences; achieve productivity benchmarks consistent with the expectations of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and other funders. ; maintain sensitivity to ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual differences