The Behavior Intervention Social Worker leads social/emotional instruction in the Behavior Intervention Classroom.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Works in conjunction with a behavior intervention specialist in the care and social/emotional education of a group of students.
Develops and implements social/emotional curriculum to meet physical, emotional and creative needs of students in an environment where they feel safe, valued and respected.
Plans specific social/emotional and developmental activities and a schedule of activities within program outline - appropriate to the age level of the assigned students, utilizing a variety of educational methods to meet the students’ individual learning styles
Effectively applies clinical knowledge to evaluate student situations and needs
Successfully engages and develops rapport with a wide range of students
Utilizes clinical knowledge and skills to provide appropriate and effective therapies
Creates a therapeutic environment by providing adequate, varied, culturally competent and developmentally appropriate activities/materials
Engage students with positive language and expectations and follow the schoolwide positive behavior intervention plan.
Maintains consistency and safety throughout the group
Explains directions and models desired student performance.
Monitors student progress and adjusts instruction based on that progress.
Establishes closure by summarizing content and fits into context what has been taught.
Develop data measurement tool to evaluate retention of social/emotional learning
Using data, identify students receiving BIC most frequently on a quarterly basis and determine whether additional behavioral supports are necessary
Planning and Organization
Plans time effectively and efficiently to meet all job commitments
Keeps information organized as to quickly respond to information requests about students
Effectively balances multiple responsibilities
Responds in a timely manner to all written correspondence, email and phone call inquiries regarding students.
Complete new bulletin boards bi-monthly and maintain boards if/when destroyed. Boards should display student work and/or be interactive.
Maintain the Classroom Checklist standards within the classroom throughout the school year.
Complete quarterly lesson plans and submit to supervisor
Building Relationships and Networks
Promotes orderly behavior throughout the school and clearly defines expected student behavior by encouraging positive behavior and controlling negative behavior.
Uses appropriate therapeutic methods to promote the social and emotional growth of the students.
Remains calm at all times and uses appropriate language with students and coworkers.
Maintains orderly behavior during social/emotional instruction.
Is able to contain children using Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.
Assists in maintaining an environment for students that is safe, pleasant and directed towards enhancing the students/ growth and educational development.
Establishes rapport with students and parents.
Consults with supervisor, other Social Workers and school staff on details of cases and Individual Education Plans.
Attends behavior and safety plans as well as clinical staffings, as scheduled
Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers and agency personnel.
Works effectively with all members of the staff.
Actively listens to others and their points of view and treat others with sensitivity.
Builds the relationship between the school and parents
Provides timely information to teachers, probation officers, parents/guardians, and others as needed
Makes phone contact with students’ parents/guardians regarding major incidents
Communicate major incidents to classroom staff
Documentation and Reporting
Prepares a documented lesson plan and emergency lesson plan for each school day.
Notifies principals and supervisor of critical incidents, problems, concerns, and needs in a timely manner.
Completes all documentation, reports and correspondence in a timely manner
Concisely and professionally writes clinical documentation and reports that accurately reflect clinical interventions and progress made towards IEP goals
Delivers written information to appropriate parties
Maintains accurate, complete and timely student records as required by Chicago Public Schools and UCAN
Enters, updates and maintains accurate data in the MaxCapture database, as required.
Reports all possible critical incidents and unusual incidents to supervisor, management, or DCFS as required by UCAN or by mandated reporting law.
Document discipline reports in infinite campus.
Fill out student's behavior slips after every BIC session to return to classroom teacher.
Track data regarding BIC performance as assigned by supervisor
Professionalism and Work Conduct
Participates in staffings, team meetings, supervisory sessions and other related program meetings, on a regular basis.
Maintains current knowledge through participation in training sessions, seminars, conferences, etc.
Behaves with integrity, demonstrates high ethical standards, and displays a positive image of UCAN.
Acts in a professional manner at all times and maintains appropriate boundaries with clients.
Demonstrates accountability for results and keeps commitments to others
Reports to work, meetings, training, and job related activities prepared and as scheduled
Demonstrates openness and respect for cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and coworkers
Accepts feedback and ideas from team and supervisor and is constructive when giving feedback and ideas to others
Understands and supports UCAN’s standard of cultural proficiency and strives to meet it
Responds to clients and their families, UCAN staff, DCFS, service providers and other stakeholders in a timely manner and ensures follow up to adequately address their need.
Performs other related tasks as required or assigned
Master’s degree in Social Work required
LSW or LCSW required
Type 39 Certification required (can be obtained with a Bachelor’s degree in any field)
One (1) to three (3) years of group therapy experience required
Professional Educator’s License in School Social Work Preferred (formally known as Type 73)
Internal Number: 18:EDU-016
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