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Special Education Mental Health Counselor

Company: Aspire Public Schools
Location: oakland
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year! Professionals interested in the Bay Area or Central Valley are encouraged to apply.

About Aspire:

Aspire Public Schools operates a network of high-performing, college preparatory charter schools serving TK-12 scholars in communities across California. Founded in 1998-in an effort to transform the inequitable racial, social, and gender outcomes that our communities persist through-Aspire is one of the largest and most forward-thinking open-enrollment public charter school systems in the nation.

Our purpose is to prepare our scholars for success in college, career, and life. At Aspire, we set a foundation for our scholars to gain knowledge, skills, and power to access and make choices for their families and post-secondary lives. Every day, our community of students, families, teachers and staff comes together to learn, work, and play in an environment grounded in our values of Bienestar (Well-Being), Culture of Belonging, Community Partnership, Agency & Self-Determination, and Joy.

The Opportunity: Behind every successful student is a passionate and dedicated team.Together, we will change the odds for underserved students, ensuring that every student is prepared to earn a college degree.

The Mental Health Counselor provides a full range of school counseling, behavioral and social-emotional services to Special Education children in grades K-12, including screening and assessment, individual and group counseling, and work with/referral to outside agencies as appropriate. S/he is an integral member of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team, helping to plan, implement, and monitor student programs across school sites.

What You Will Do:

* Possess an extensive knowledge of a variety of forms of intervention and prevention models for both individuals and group therapeutic settings (ex: CBT, Play Therapy) * Create and implement therapeutic interventions for the purposes of fostering better mental health and positive learning environments for all students at Aspire * Collaborate with school on universal interventions for students such as peer mediation, conflict mediation, etc. * Foster healthy families through community and school programming * Create and maintain relationships with outside agencies to help foster better learning and support for students and their families * Provide crisis counseling and referrals for students as needed * Consistently and routinely update case files for students under their care * Possess a thorough understanding of and abide by the NASW Code of Ethics * Attend IEP and inter-departmental meetings for students receiving counseling services * Create positive and consistent communication with Aspire staff and administration about social work goals and processes

What You Will Bring:

* Demonstrated commitment to students and learning * Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills * Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills * Ability to successfully handle multiple cases concurrently * Ability to work as a part of a team * Demonstrates ability to adjust to and use new approaches * Ability to supervise MSW level interns/PPS Interns and/or additional MSW level employees pursuing their clinical licensure in CA highly desirable, but not required

Required Education, Credentials and Experience:

* Master's Degree in Counseling/Social Work or related discipline * PPS Credential or Eligibility for PPS Credential * Experience with students grades K-12


Aspire offers its employees a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, 100% core health benefits coverage, life insurance/long-term disability, participation in a CA or TN state retirement plan, tuition reimbursement plan, and adoption assistance program.

Aspire Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Aspire promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

Keywords: Aspire Public Schools, Oakland , Special Education Mental Health Counselor, Other , oakland, California

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