Westerly High School - Campus
Westerly Public Schools
Westerly, Rhode Island

Job Details
Job ID: 3500359 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: June 3, 2021 Starting Date: July 1, 2021

Job Description

Department: District
Class Title: Mental Health Provider (Clinical Support Program- Secondary) FTE: 1.0

General Statement of duties:

This position is responsible for direct collaboration with Special Educator, teaching of social skills, and clinical support of students in the Clinical Support Program at the high school level. Duties also include collaboration with families, general educators, other support professionals, administrators and outside agencies. The Mental Health Provider must have strong knowledge and understanding of clinical, social and the array of behavioral issues that students may present. This position must advocate for students and families but must also maintain boundaries and ethical behavior as set forth by the NASW Code of Ethics and by state law and district policies governing this service for students. The Mental Health Provider must be able to work with multiple systems to ensure student access to a robust and full education. This position requires empathy and respect for students and families manifested by maintaining and protecting their privacy and dignity.
Supervision Received: Supervised by the Director of Pupil Personnel and the Building Principal.

Supervision Exercised: Supervision of paraprofessional staff with respect to Social/emotional needs of students

Nature and Scope of Position:

Job Functions and Responsibilities:

The following duties are representative of performance expectations.

Upholds the district’s student conduct code:
  • Provides direct onsite collaboration with Special Educator and paraprofessional staff for the support and instruction of social emotional needs of students within the Clinical Support Program at the high school level.
  • Provides support to district students, staff and families to enhance educational opportunities for students in the Clinical Support Program.
  • Provides IEP mandated social services to students including group and/or individual counseling, in-class coaching, and social skills training.
  • Attends and participates in IEP and 504 meetings when needed and provides related services aligned to the RI SEL Standards.
  • Provides consultation to staff and administration related to student behavior, social and emotional needs, and family dynamics when appropriate.
  • Serves as a multi-disciplinary evaluation team member conducting and reporting out on student history or evaluations when appropriate and necessary.
  • Works with families to provide referral and services that support improved functioning for students.
  • Collaborates with outside agencies and providers to support the clinical and educational needs of students.
  • Provides support as a member of the behavior intervention team.
  • Develops data collection systems and reviews the data and outcomes with team members including students.
  • Serves on committees as necessary to engage with staff, administration, families and other agencies including but not limited to attendance committees, MTSS and Social/Emotional Learning sub committees.
  • Promotes positive behavior interventions and supports as a member of the MTSS team.
  • Promotes and supports school-wide culture.
  • Determines the need for small, targeted psych-educational groups with students (i.e. anger management, impulse control, grief.)
  • Collaborates with other educators and specialists to develop FBAs and BIP, review the data regularly, and provide educators with tools and strategies for effective classroom management and student relationship building.
  • Builds community partnerships that enhance student and family access to services and community resources.
  • Provides formal and informal opportunities to both staff and the community to increase their awareness of mental health, social/cultural and emotional issues that affect learning and functioning.
  • Provides information and education on the implications of outside evaluations and diagnosis to students, staff and students when appropriate.
  • Provide crisis management and conduct risk assessments to students when necessary.
  • Act as a liaison in cases where students are returning from out of district placements for mental health reasons (hospitals, day programs and out of district placements.)
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.

    Required qualifications for appointment:

    Knowledge, skills and capabilities:
  • Use of an Asset based team approach and strong collaboration with mental health professionals, general education and district staff
  • Demonstrated ability to write social/emotional IEP goals, FBAs and behavior intervention plans with the use of Collaborative Proactive Solutions Approach
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current and best instructional practices in instruction designed to address SEL Standards
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positively oriented learning environment
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) in order to communicate effectively with students, families, staff, administration and outside providers.
  • Experience with students who exhibit high levels of anxiety, attention and behavioral needs
  • Demonstrates knowledge of informed strategies
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate students using positive acknowledgements, personal interested and approach
  • Knowledge and/or experience with proactive crisis intervention strategies, ie CPI, Safety Care, CPS, Restorative Practices, etc..
  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills with the ability to make genuine connections with students.
  • Demonstrates the ability to synthesize data; make recommendations and develop effective plans to enhance students’ educational opportunities.
  • Participates in the team process, providing staff with diagnostic information as well as recommendations to assist IEP and Evaluation Teams in appropriate educational planning.

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree including coursework in Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, School psychology or Special Education.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Must possess RIDE certification in one of the following areas:
    - School Social Worker
    - School Psychologist
  • RI LICSW, LMHC or BCBA preferred .


    Prefer experience as a School Mental Health Worker but must have a minimum of five (5) years successful experience in providing social/emotional supports/services to students, conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments, and developing Behavior Intervention Plans.

    Position Type: Full-time

    Positions Available: 1
    Salary: $49,450 to $86,289 Per Year

    Equal Opportunity Employer
    We are committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

  • Job Requirements
  • Certifications
  • National (fingerprint) Background Check results at time of hire
  • Copy of original, official College Transcripts
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred

  • Application Instructions
    It is the policy of Westerly Public Schools not to discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies on the basis of age, color, disability status, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

    Under Rhode Island General Law § 16-2-18.1, newly hired employees will need to submit to a state and national background check.

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    Contact Information
    Jeannie Tomao, Assistant, Human Resources
    23 Highland Avenue
    Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
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