SUMMARY: Middle School Therapist will develop and provide a comprehensive counseling program designed to address the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students. Position benefits include health insurance and 12-weeks of paid time off and 7 major holidays each year.
RESPONSIBLITIES AND DUTIES: • Review information (e.g., standardized testing, clinical notes, IEPs, diagnoses) and share pertinent information with team. • Conduct in-depth family interviews with new families to obtain family history and assess the need for family therapy, education, and other supports. • Create treatment plans • Provide updates to outside providers as requested by families • Attend parent teacher conferences as needed/requested by teacher, clinical coordinator, VP clinical services, or Head of School or at parent request. • Develop re-entry plans for students returning from residential treatment programs, hospitalization or in the case of a suspension. • Facilitate group therapy for students as needed to focus on specific areas of growth. • Provide brief, individual therapy (i.e., “light” topics, coaching on treatment goals) on an as needed basis. • Develop scope and sequence, units, learning objectives, and lesson plans for delivery of social-emotional-behavioral learning. • Provide crisis intervention with students as needed utilizing Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression as the basis for intervention. • Ensure Treatment Plans are being followed and provide relevant feedback by collaborating with student teams (e.g., student, teacher, family, caregivers, therapists/counselors, outside professionals). • Collaborate with the Director of Family Services to develop home programs. • Check in monthly with each family and communicate a minimum of one additional time monthly. • If more intensive therapy or resources are needed, coordinate with the Clinical Coordinator to provide referrals. • Attend staff, clinical, and grade level meetings regularly and other meetings on an as needed basis. • Educate staff on social-emotional learning topics and activities provided to students and families, therapeutic interventions in the classroom.
Preferred: • Licensure as an LPC, LMFT, LRPT, BCBA, or other Texas license related to work in the mental health arena • Knowledge of autism depression, anxiety, bipolar, adoption related issues, self-harm and Attention Deficit Disorder • Knowledge of approaches including but not limited to: family system therapy, trauma informed care, behavior therapy, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral therapy • 3+ Years’ experience providing therapeutic support to children 4-21 years of age with developmental diagnoses and/or significant mental health or behavioral needs • Sartori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) and CPR certification • Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365 Required: • Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology or mental health related field • Experience providing therapeutic support to children 4-21 years of age with developmental diagnoses and/or mental health or behavioral needs
Additional Salary Information: Discretionary bonus based on performance
Internal Number: 424021
About Vanguard Preparatory School
The Vanguard Preparatory School serves children and families who, for different, often complex reasons, are not well served by traditional public and private schools. Vanguard provides an environment where students can excel to the full extent of their capabilities. Excel might mean achieving academic honors and going on to college with a full scholarship or it might mean the freedom to live independently and pursue meaningful work. Vanguard is unique in our ability to integrate academic learning with social-emotional learning. We have been doing both?and doing both well—for a long time.
Year founded: 1993
Lower school teacher to student ratio: 1:5
Middle and high school teacher to student ratio: 1:10
Teaching staff: 18
Mental health professionals: 8
Vanguard professionals average years of experience: 15
Vanguard professionals average tenure: 8