Provides individual/group play therapy for children with social-emotional and/or challenges, as well as ongoing parent consultation on an as needed basis.
Provides consultation with parents, teachers, teaching assistants, related services staff, and administrators regarding social-emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues as well as giving feedback about interpersonal dynamics when appropriate.
Provides psychological services to the classroom including but not limited to consultation, positive behavioral supports and interventions, intermittent emotional curriculum, crisis intervention, and classroom management plans.
Oversees and coordinates school-wide Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions.
Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of programs in the classroom with regard to:
- Behavioral issues
- Emotional climate in the classroom
- Group dynamics
- Programmatic modifications
- Developmentally appropriate interventions
Provides psychological evaluations, screenings, and updates on children referred to Birch, as well as those currently matriculated as needed.
Designs, implements and monitors group behavior management plans for all classrooms. Conducts fuctional behavioral assessments and develops, implements and monitors individual behavior intervention plans for students with more individualized/intensive management needs.
Provides in-service training and parent workshops for staff and parents on relevant topics (e.g. behavioral policies and procedures, behavior management, crisis intervention, child development, team dynamics, interpersonal problem-solving, etc.).
Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings.
Functions as a child advocate for children and families during the EI, CPSE, and/or CSE process.
Attends and participates in departmental meetings, supervision and school meetings.
Attends any and all additional meetings, activities or functions of the school as designated by supervisory staff.
Maintains timely clinical documentation following ethical and clinical guidelines (e.g. written reports, therapy notes, behavior intervention plan progress monitoring, etc.).
Provides supervision of student externs as assigned.
Maintains clean and organized work areas and common areas.
Maintains appropriate and effective interpersonal relationships with team members, other staff, department members, supervisors, administrative staff, parents, and outside agencies and demonstrates the following skills:
- open communication skills with others
- the ability to self-evaluate
- the ability to utilize supervision
- flexibility in all facets of the working relationship
- the ability to both offer and accept assistance to/from others
- the ability to learn and utilize team building strategies
Demonstrates respect for families and children we serve and promotes a positive school community and culture.
- Seeks to find and offer solutions to problems
- Demonstrates understanding of the various aspects and functions of our school.
- Demonstrates a commitment to professional and educational growth.
- Complies with all school policies and procedures and understands regulatory requirements.
- Serves as a liaison between the school and community agencies.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Certificates & Licenses
NYS School Psychology certification.
NYS Psychology License
2-5 years working with pre-school aged students
SKILLS & ABILITIES
Bilingual Spanish Speaking Capabilities Required
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