May 01, 2019

Project Specialist, Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) Mental Health/Behavioral Health (MHBH)

  • Region 4 Education Service Center
  • Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, TX, USA
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach Other Education

Job Description

Job Goal:

As part of the AWARE Grant, provide coordinated, direct counseling/interventions for students along with increasing the awareness and identification of mental health issues among all adults working with young people. Additionally, this position will be responsible for promoting positive mental health awareness for students, families, school staff and the community to increase the awareness and identification of mental health issues among all adults working with young people and promote positive mental health for students, families, school staff and community.

Qualifications:

Education

Master’s degree in counseling or other related mental health area

Certification/Licensure

Professional license in school mental health fields (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)).

Experience

1. Three years of experience working in public schools
2. Experience developing and presenting professional development

Special Knowledge and Skills

1. Knowledge of mental health services in public school settings with emphasis in areas of evidence-based strategies reflecting trauma-informed, mindfulness, self-regulation, prosocial skills, and resiliency building strategies to increase school engagement
2. Knowledge of evidence-based strategies reflecting trauma informed practices, self-regulation, pro-social skills, and resiliency building strategies to increase school engagement
3. Knowledge of individual and group counseling
4. Understanding of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) implementation and best practices of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
5. Ability to screen individuals, assess mental health needs, develop service plans, and make referrals,
6. Ability to follow-up with collateral mental health agencies
7. Ability to collect data on progress, outcomes, and reporting
8. Strong consultation skills for consulting with teachers, parents, students and other mental health professionals 
9. Broad knowledge of the critical elements of the PBIS framework and school-wide and targeted supports to strengthen mental health wellness
10. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
11. Ability to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to students, parents, and district staff
12. General knowledge of behavioral principles

Preferred Qualifications

1. Three years mental health experience in a clinical setting providing direct services

Major Responsibilities:

1. Implement services in Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District to improve or expand mental health-related interventions and services across school-aged youth and family-serving systems, and readiness for implementing school-community partnerships.
2. Collaboratively work with state, local and regional partners on improving or expanding mental health-related interventions and services across school-aged youth and family-serving systems
3. Increase and improve access to culturally competent and developmentally appropriate school- and community-based mental health services, particularly for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or SMI
4. Conduct outreach and engagement with school-aged youth and their families to increase awareness and identification of mental health issues and to promote positive mental health.
5. Conduct campus or district needs assessment, identify mental health services and supports, develop and implement a comprehensive service plan of evidence-based culturally competent and developmentally appropriate school- and community-based mental health services
6. Connect families, schools, and communities to increase engagement and involvement in planning and implementing school and community programs for school-aged youth
7. Help school-aged youth develop skills that will promote resilience and promote pro-social behaviors; avert development of mental and behavioral health disorders; and prevent youth violence.
8. Equip schools with the ability to immediately respond to the needs of youth who may be exhibiting behavioral/psychological signs of a severity indicating the need for clinical intervention
9. Develop an infrastructure that will sustain and expand mental health and behavioral health services and supports for school-aged youth when federal funding ends.
10. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan of evidence-based culturally competent and developmentally appropriate school- and community-based mental health services.
11. Implement the ability to respond immediately on-site if a school-aged youth exhibits behavioral signs warranting the need for clinical attention.
12. Provide coordinated referral, services, and follow-up to school-aged youth and their families for evidence-based school- and community based mental health practices and services.
13. Develop and implement a workforce development training plan to increase the mental health awareness and literacy of school staff, administrators, parents, and others who interact with school-aged youth to recognize the signs and symptoms and mental illness and link them to appropriate services.
14. Engage in local and state program and process development to support improvements in school-aged youth and family-serving systems through the coordination and integration of funding streams to support programs with similar goals
15. Develop and implement meaningful ways to engage students and their families by involving them in the design and implementation of education and community initiatives.
16. Establish relationships with local businesses, families, and community groups to broaden and link all community resources available to school-aged youth and their families.
17. Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other required documents in a timely manner.
18. Engage in professional development to maintain knowledge and skills in area(s) of responsibility.
19. Analyze data to evaluate the program effectiveness
20. Provide technical assistance and services as specified by any applicable grant that funds this position.

Supervision/Personnel Management

None

Physical Demands/Environmental Factors/ Mental Demands:

These 2 grant funded positions are based in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District through a grant coordinated by Region 4 Education Service Center; regular travel may be required to multiple locations, including Region 4 ESC (must have reliable transportation); frequent use of standard office equipment; prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting; repetitive hand motions (keyboarding and use of mouse); occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 20 pounds); may work prolonged and irregular hours; work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under pressure.


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