Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Coordinator of Special Education
Date Revised: December 1, 2015
Dept./School: Special Education

Primary purpose

Perform professional psychological work in assessment, behavior management and counseling for students with emotional disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury and other behavioral disorders. Assess the psychological and psycho-educational needs of students referred to special education.

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Master’s degree in psychology from accredited college or university

Valid Texas license as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology granted by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Experience

Two (2) years of experience providing psychology services in an educational setting (preferred)

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of procedures for assessing achievement, intellectual, emotional and behavioral functioning for educational purposes

Knowledge or prevention and intervention strategies, including behavior management interventions

Knowledge of psychosocial development

Strong consultative skills for conferring with teachers, parents and students

Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

Major responsibilities and duties

Assessment

  • Select and administer assessments and observations to evaluate the intellectual, emotional and behavioral functioning of referred students and to determine student eligibility for special education services according to federal and state regulations
  • Score and interpret test data
  • Develop psychological evaluation reports and behavior management plans
  • Participate in the ARD committee to assist with appropriate placement and development of the IEP for students according to district procedures
  • Adhere strictly to federal and state evaluation timelines for both initial evaluations and reevaluations
  • Assist in the selection of assessment materials and equipment
  • Compile and maintain all physical and computerized reports, records and other documents required, including case record, test results, statistical data and test inventories
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and local board policy in the area of psychological services and assessment

Communication/Collaboration

  • Consult with district personnel on appropriate instructional strategies, techniques and materials for students with emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injury
  • Participate in monthly team meetings and other in-service related activities to explore ideas, view new material/equipment and share and exchange information
  • Work collaboratively with general education and special education teachers to meet the needs and capabilities of each student assigned

Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills

  • Exhibit initiative in finding and meeting needs and developing new ideas
  • Exhibit good judgment in interactions with all students
  • Identify problems and suggest solutions in a positive manner

Consultation

  • Conduct group and individual counseling sessions for student with diagnosed emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Serve as consultant on mental health topics
  • Provide staff development training in assigned school to assist school personnel with identification and understanding of students with emotional, social and behavioral disturbances
  • Meet with parents to discuss pertinent background information and test results
  • Consult with teachers and relevant staff concerning the educational needs of students and interpretation of assessment data
  • Consult with psychologists, diagnosticians, medical doctors and community agencies concerning intellectual, emotional and behavioral functioning of students as needed
  • Serve as a consultant in Manifestation Determination ARDs for students who are identified with an emotional disturbance, autism, traumatic brain injury or other health impairment due to ADD/ADHD

Program Expertise

  • Remain abreast of trends and developments in evaluation of student suspected of having an emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder and traumatic brain injuries
  • Develop an itinerant schedule for providing assessment services
  • Assume responsibilities for and maintain confidentiality relative to student record/data

Other Duties

  • Participate in team activities
  • Observe all district policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties and functions as required by the Director and/or Coordinator

 

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals
Posture: 
Travel within the district; flexibility to respond to student needs; skills to cope with a variety of work environments; adaptability to change; capacity for positive response to situational factors/problems; initiative in developing solutions to needs/problems; managing multiple projects and task simultaneously; responding to high student demand and short timelines; sharing office space; exhibiting exemplary interpersonal communication; maintaining positive public relations
Lifting: 
Occasional light lifting and carrying (under 50 pounds)
Environment: 
Frequent districtwide travel
Mental Demands: 
Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.