School Social Worker
The Leona Group - Detroit, MI

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School Social Worker - Cesar Chavez Academy Lower Elementary

The primary focus of the school social worker is to assist students whose emotional/social problems interfere with their ability to obtain maximum benefit from the educational program. The social worker may also act as a liaison between parents/guardians, school, and public or private agencies responsible for student care and services in order to assist parents in taking advantage of services available in the school and community.

Following are essential duties related to providing services to students eligible for special education who have emotional/social problems:
• Conducts social work evaluations with students suspected of having emotional/behavioral problems which may qualify them for special education services.
• Participates in the Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting to review the results of a social work evaluation and makes a recommendation relative to eligibility in the special education category of emotional impairment.
• Participates in the Individual Educational Planning Team (IEPT) meeting to identify the amount of social work support a student may require and develops annual goals/short-term instructional objectives related to the social/emotional needs of an eligible student.
• Provides social work services as described in the IEP related to specific goals and objectives and provides written evaluations on student progress.
• Conducts functional behavior assessments and writes behavior intervention plans in cooperation with IEPT members.
• Provides training for staff and assists staff in carrying out behavior intervention plans.
• Maintains appropriate confidential records for each student served.
• Develops and plans activities with general education and collaborative teachers to facilitate inclusion of special education students with behavior problems in the general education classroom.
• Mentors social workers eligible for temporary approval as a school social worker during their first year of employment.
Duties related to providing general social work services on a school-wide basis:
• Provides pre-referral consultation to teachers and school leaders regarding students with behavior/adjustment issues and joins the child study team when students with behavior problems are referred for interventions.
• Provides consultation to parents/guardians regarding family and community adjustment and utilization community resources.
• Assists teachers and provides training related to classroom management skills.
• Serves as a liaison between the school and community service agencies.
• Makes home visits for family consultation and evaluation.
• Assists school teams in developing and carrying out crisis response plans.
• Assists staff and parents in adjusting to crises/trauma.
• Assists the school team in developing and implementing school-wide behavior intervention strategies.
• Provides social skills training as part of school-wide behavior intervention strategies.
Education: Masters in social work and eligibility for temporary or full approval as a school social worker required.
Experience: Successful school social work experience preferred.
Other skills:
• Skill in individual and group assessment and treatment techniques.
• Ability to formulate eligibility recommendations for emotional impairment.
• Demonstrated initiative and understanding in working with students, parents/guardians, teachers, staff and school leaders.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written communications.
• Knowledge of positive behavior intervention strategies and successful experience in writing and implementing behavior intervention plans.
• Knowledge of social skills needed to change behavior and ability to integrate training into classroom activities.
• Knowledge of community resources and experience with a variety of agencies.
• Ability to handle stressful situations and carry out responsibilities during times of crisis.
• Ability to work effectively as a team member in developing and providing services to students.

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