School-Based Social Workers
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 18951 Quakertown PA
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Quakertown
PTS, Inc. is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide school-based services for a local school district in Bucks County:
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- Full-time, 5 days per week; 8:00am-3:00pm
- Consistent and stable position working 37.5 hours per week
- This position will be for the 21-22 school year
- This position will be to provide counseling services for the K-12 grade levels
- Great district and supportive, interdisciplinary team!
- No nights or weekends
- PTS offers job stability and growth through advanced career opportunities.
- We offer competitive rates with reimbursement for documentation, meeting attendance, and report writing.
- PTS provides consistent on-site and off-site mentorship with Clinical Directors and Team Leaders.
- School-Based Academy: We provide the support and community a new School-Based therapist needs to feel comfortable and be successful.
- Lending Library: PTS recognizes the additional expense in providing evaluation materials. We have an extensive library of testing tools and assessments for therapists to borrow as needed.
- Team Tuesday: Join our monthly Team Tuesdays for Behavioral Health via Zoom where you can connect with other PTS professionals to ask questions, share resources, and network
- Access to our PTS Team website for supports and resources for innovative programming, school and caseload stability, and team collaboration for professional growth
- Access to our group Facebook page to connect with other PTS therapists to share resources and updates
- Robust Referral Bonus Program
- Great company culture- supportive, collaborative, and fun team environment
Provide comprehensive school social work services to students, parents, and school staff, addressing barriers that limit a student from receiving full benefit from their educational experience. Respond to referrals from school administration, parents, teachers, Special Education team, and others by providing direct services and by assisting families in accessing appropriate community resources.
Essential Tasks (These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.)
- Serve on student’s multi-disciplinary teams at assigned schools
- Review student records to identify previous barriers and/or interventions.
- Conduct parent interviews to acquire socio-developmental information as needed for special education referrals.
- Analyze information gained through record reviews and interviews to determine environmental impacts and appropriate resource needs and report data per district preferred method
- Attend and participate in interdisciplinary meetings to promote collaborative approach to treatment
- Interview students and parents to discuss issues related to non-attendance and develop a plan of action.
- Assist the school in developing, maintaining, and or enforcing policies related to excessive absences and truancy; attend student support team meetings
- Develop and implement professional development training for educational staff and parents, as requested.
- Provide individual and/or group counseling in response to school-wide crises.
- Respond to referrals requesting verification of residence.
- Participate in professional development activities aimed at current trends and best practices for the provision of comprehensive school social work services.
- Conduct home visits as a method to access the family and conduct interviews in response to school referrals.
- Maintain an ongoing liaison with community agencies and other resources to meet student needs; refers parents and students to agencies when appropriate.
- Perform related work as required.
- Master's Degree in Social Work required
- LCSW required
- Previous experience working in a school setting
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Compassionate and approachable; Collaborative and innovative
- Strong sense of discretion and professionalism
What School-Based Social Workers DoCase manager and counselor, advocate and mediator, identifier and distributor of resources, sometimes even calendar coordinator and truancy officer—school social workers play many roles. But in all they do, they aim to help students function and learn, to succeed both scholastically and socially in school. School-based social workers identify and advocate for students’ best interests. Here are some specific shapes that general mission can take:
- Assessing students’ biopsychosocial well-being The biopsychosocial approach attends to an individual in their fullest context: biological, mental, and relational. This holistic model allows school social workers to treat students and promote their well-being in multidimensional ways.
- Evaluate students’ most pressing challenges and identify viable treatment strategies Today’s students face exceptional social forces threatening their educational success, from the availability of harmful substances to the prevalence of bullying (in person and online). School social workers assess students at risk and, as needed, design and implement treatment to increase their self-determination.
- Make home visits Observing the student’s natural environment firsthand is critical to any accurate evaluation of the student’s needs. Domestic conditions and family dynamics shape not only how the student behaves and performs at school but also what interventions social workers can implement and what services they will seek to make available. Whether to find out why a student is chronically absent or to open lines of communication with families, home visits are central.
- Provide case management services School social workers learn and navigate often complex networks of school and community resources and supports. They refer students and their families to other agencies and collaborate with other professionals to ensure students’ physical, mental, emotional, and social needs do not go unmet. They monitor how the service packages they arrange perform, making adjustments as needed.
- Facilitate student and family access to financial and healthcare assistance programsUpon referral, school-based social workers can help students and their families avail themselves of wraparound programs to meet essential such concrete needs as food, clothing, medical care, and economic assistance. The social worker is the essential link between the school and outside sources of support.
- Deliver direct support and therapy to students One-on-one, in small groups, and with families, school social workers counsel students who face mental health challenges, adverse circumstances, and other barriers to their educational progress. Self-care and problem-solving skills, mastering social skills, regulating emotion in healthy and constructive ways, and setting positive goals may all receive attention in therapy sessions.
- Stage crisis interventions School social workers can deliver physical and psychological aid to students in emergencies and extremely adverse circumstances. They can help students exposed to violence at school or at home, for instance, or who struggle with suicidal or homicidal ideation. Social workers can also support the whole school community after campus violence or other disasters, assessing individuals’ safety and nurturing resilience.
- Educate and train others in the value of school social work Through workshops for school administrators, in-service training for teachers and staff, and direct consultation with parents and families, school-based social workers promote a better understanding of their role and skills.