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POSITION TYPE:Special Education Counselor/Licensed Professional Counselor
LOCATION:Special Education DATE AVAILABLE:2021-2022 School Year
CLOSING DATE:Until Filled
PRIMARY PURPOSE:Plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program for assigned Special Education students. Counsel students to fully develop each student's academic, career, personal, and social abilities and address the needs of special population students. Perform professional psychological work in disabilities, and behavioral problems. Provide psychological first aid, crisis intervention and brief supportive counseling for any district student in emotional distress.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Certification:Master's degree in counseling from an accredited college or universityValid Texas school counselor certificated (considered)Licensed Professional Counselor or Intern (preferred) Special Knowledge/Skills:
Knowledge of Special Education counseling proceduresKnowledge of psycho-social developmentExcellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skillsAbility to instruct students and manage their behaviorAbility to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to students parents, and district staff Experience:Previous counselor experience in a public school setting
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Use accepted theories and effective techniques of developmental guidance to counsel individual students, small groups of students, and parents to plan, monitor and manage a student's own personal and social development. Provide preventive, remedial, and crisis counseling as needed.
- Participate as a member of ARD meetings.
- Complete requirements for students receiving School Health and Related Services.
- Develop and implementation of IEP goals and objective and/or treatment plans based on evaluations and student needs.
- Provide crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and brief supportive counseling to students who are in emotional distress.
- Meet with parents to discuss pertinent background information and test results. Conduct group, individual and family counseling sessions and facilitative therapy for students with diagnosed problems.
- Consult with teachers and relevant staff concerning the educational needs of students, interpretation of assessment data, and implementation of behavior intervention plans in managing disruptive students.
- Consult with psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, and community agencies concerning intellectual, emotional, and behavioral functioning of students as needed.
- Present staff development training in assigned schools to enable school personnel to identify and work more effectively with students with emotional, social, and behavioral disturbances.
- Work collaboratively to advocate for individual students, and specific groups of students.
- Complete counseling (as related service) evaluations.
- Interpret standardized test results and assessment data to guide students in individual goal setting and planning.
Program Management and Administration:
- Plan, implement, evaluate, and promote continuous improvement of a balanced comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program that includes guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and system support components.
- Advocate for a school environment that acknowledges and respects diversity.
- Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents.
- Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and board policy. Comply with all district and campus routines and regulations.
- Adhere to legal, ethical, and professional standards for school counselors including current professional standards of competence and practice.
- Follow district safety protocols and emergency procedures.
Supervisory Responsibilities:None Mental Demands/Physical
Demands/Environmental Factors: Tools/equipment Used:
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipmentPosture: Prolonged sitting; frequent standing, kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting Motion: Frequent walkingLifting: Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds); occasional physical restraint of students to control behavior
Environment: Work inside, may work outside Mental Demands: Maintain emotional control under stress; may work prolonged or irregular hours