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SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST NONPUBLIC SCHOOL SERVICES: See Job Posting
PA School Psychologist certification/PA School Psychologist License beneficial.
School Psychologist for the Nonpublic School Services Program serving locations as assigned within the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 servicing area.
JOB GOAL: To provide a comprehensive support system to the nonpublic school stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, principals and other administrative staff. The delivery of these services is through the Instructional Support Team, collaboration, assessment, consultation, counseling, and program implementation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Function as a member of the Instructional Support Team in each nonpublic school assigned and primarily fulfill the role of the facilitator and case manager.
2. Provide psychological services in a collaborative consultation format to those nonpublic schools not functioning under the IST process.
3. Assess students to determine intellectual, academic, social and emotional behavioral functioning and needs to aid in nonpublic educational programming
4. Provide comprehensive evaluations in via contracted services for the identification and development of educational needs of students.
5. Interpret the results of district and private evaluations to teachers, principals and parents.
6. Conduct or co-lead groups in the nonpublic schools in response to an identified need(s) and/or specified agreement (s).
7. Provide counseling and behavior management consultations in specific situations on individual and/or group process.
8. Participate in CIU 20 and staff meetings, councils, committees, conferences, in-service training and/or special sessions.
9. Act as a consultant or resource person for teaching staff and/administrative personnel.
10.Analyze test data pertaining to remedial program.
11.Provide in-service training to nonpublic school staff and CIU 20 nonpublic staff.
12.Recommend and utilize community resources in the facilitation of services for students.
13.Participate in ongoing trainings and inservice programs at the IU and Diocesan levels.
14.Attend district Multidisciplinary Team Meetings and Individualized Educational programs when pertaining to nonpublic students.
15.Appraise CIU 20 administration and supervisory personnel regarding the needs and trends for students in specific districts and schools.
16.Coordinate services with other disciplines.
17.Assumes responsibility for materials and equipment and facilities.
18.Responds positively to supervision and suggestions for improvement.
19.Maintain current theories and techniques in discipline content areas, as well as best practices.
20.Provide crisis prevention service (e.g. Second Step, Steps to Respect) to the nonpublic schools.
21.Provide crisis services to public and nonpublic schools in an intervention and postvention format.
1. Promote a positive image of the Intermediate Unit, public and nonpublic schools.
2. Demonstrate the willingness to voluntarily or when assigned, assist other employees with their work.
3. Work to stay current in topics relating to the practice of school psychology.
The Role of a School Psychologist in Colonial IU 20’s Nonpublic Schools
In IU 20’s nonpublic program there is an emphasis on providing services largely through the Student Intervention Team process. This has led to a highly collaborative system that usually succeeds in integrating the services of the psychologist into the homeschool community. As part of SIT, our psychologists often are the primary facilitators of the team process. As part of the team, they also make intervention recommendations, conduct observations, help clarify the potential efficacy of an action plan, help design strategies for implanting the plan, and assist teachers, parents, and administrators in carrying out and monitoring the effectiveness of interventions that are chosen. Sometimes, these interventions involve further direct services to a student or a family such as: assessments targeted to provide data which would maximize the resources available at the school ongoing work with the school and the family in helping to resolve educational, behavioral, or social issues offering short-term counseling to students guiding the parents to access outside resources that seem appropriate acting as a liaison among the various entities who may be involved with a particular child (e.g. private therapists, psychiatrists or public agencies).
Our psychologists are highly and broadly trained educational and mental health professionals. By being integrated into the educational community they are serving through the cooperativecollaborative model, they are able to earn acceptance and trust with students, school personnel, and families. This often leads to an open atmosphere of accessibility that fosters optimal and frequent ad hoc consultations that may not rise to the level of SIT involvement. It may also be that a problem is best handled before or without SIT due to the immediacy of the need or the delicate nature and confidentiality concerns regarding a particular student. At other times, there may be wider educational or social issues and the psychologist is relied on to provide advice and possibly direct intervention. This might include classroom monitoring, assisting in the design of a classroom or school behavioral management program, or group counseling.
Because of their own diverse and broad range of expertise, our psychologists have also designed and presented trainings. They have trained school personnel in the Instructional Support Team process, have led advanced IST (currently SIT) trainings, and have offered specific programs like Second Step and Steps to Respect. Of course, after the initial training sessions, they are depended on for continued support and direction to ensure these programs are implemented as successfully as possible. This may entail actually conducting specific components of a program.
The Colonial IU Auxiliary Services Department has worked closely with other agencies in the area, along with the Diocese of Allentown and Scranton, in authoring a Crisis Manual that has been adopted by the nonpublic schools served by IU 20. Our psychologists are the front line intervention specialists who support schools in the processes outlined in this manual. Additionally, they provide mental health status assessments, recommendations, and followup. Crises dealt with have included: threat of or actual suicide, threat of or actual violence, suspected or founded child abuse, substance abuse, death in the school community, and other difficult/dangerous situations.
As a representative of public education, our psychologists have guided nonpublic schools and parents in Child Find. They help recognize possible candidates, explain the process, make necessary contacts with districts, and try to facilitate the sharing of pertinent information. They may attend ER and IEP meetings confer with the family and school on findings and recommendations, and aid in deciding which are most important and which are to be carried out by their present school.
Sometimes, when families have chosen to pursue private evaluations, the technical and legal ramifications may be different, but the team process remains essentially the same. The psychologist must be concerned with the team’s interpretation of data, determination of a student’s needs, and decisions regarding to what extent the particular nonpublic school can meet those needs.
Our psychologists are often the most familiar with and have had the most experience with matters that may relate to school law. In their capacity as consultant and confidant to the school principal, they may be asked to advise in cases where there are possible school law issues. Although being sure to acknowledge that they are not legal experts, the psychologists can share information they have learned or experiences they have had which may relate to the matter at hand.
In the spirit of best practices, as detailed by many authorities in the field of school psychology, the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Nonpublic Services school psychologist is proud to be called a “Generalist.” The expectations, roles and responsibilities are demanding and diverse. The opportunity to draw on such a wide range of professional and personal strengths and skills in the service of our school communities is both highly challenging and highly rewarding.
CIU-20 employees interested in applying for this position must respond in writing or apply via the Applicant Portal.
Human Resources and Research Services
Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
6 Danforth Drive
Easton, PA 18045-7899 FAX (610) 515-6407
Currently employed staff members of this bargaining unit who apply within five (5) days of this posting shall be duly considered for this vacancy. Any vacancy which may be created by the filling of this vacancy shall not have to be posted. Any member of the bargaining unit interested in a possible vacancy created by the filling of this vacancy shall notify the Executive Director in writing by the deadline of this vacancy posting.
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