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Dearborn Academy Clinician

Dearborn Academy, one of New England's leading 766 approved therapeutic day schools, is seeking a full time Clinician for the 2018-2019 school year. Dearborn enrolls up to one hundred students in grades 3-12 who have specific learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate emotional challenges. Our rich academic program, which includes vocational and career training, diversified student supports and explicit instruction, combined with our strong clinical component, enables students who have been unsuccessful in previous school settings to achieve substantial gains.

Clinicians work closely with the Clinical Coordinator and Directors of the Elementary/Middle School and High School Programs to develop goals and interventions that support students to
learn the necessary skills to become engaged members of their community and when indicated, return to lesser restrictive academic settings. Clinicians have a critical role as members of the
leadership team in creating a trauma- informed school where students feel secure in learning from their successes and their mistakes. Dearborn seeks candidates with experience in culturally-responsive approaches and practices.

The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following qualities and experience:
● Demonstrated compassion and kindness towards students, families and staff
● Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps
● Proven ability to form relationships with families, state agency representatives, and public school district liaisons in order to create integrated student support teams
● Belief that suspension is a last resort, with interest/experience in restorative justice practices
● Strong and effective written and oral communication, meeting facilitation, and decision making skills
● Self starter with a collaborative style who values a community of highly-engaged team members
● Demonstrated ability to observe therapeutic interventions and provide objective feedback and skill development for team members
● Experience using data to help inform and shape teaching and therapeutic interventions

Responsibilities:
● Deliver individual and group counseling services to support students social and emotional health and well-being.
● Complete family and developmental histories, conduct observations and assigned formal and informal psycho-social evaluations
● Lead student groups focusing on skill development (e.g. social skills or self-regulation) and student interests (e.g. community service, social activism)
● Maintain communication with teachers, parents and outside providers regarding the social/emotional needs and functioning of students
● Assist students in transferring their skills from counseling sessions to the larger school community by observing and supporting in classes and the milieu
● Help teachers and others understand the impact of socio-cultural factors as they pertain to student performance in school to maximize student learning
● Provide stewardship around the planning and implementation of schoolwide SEL programs and other pro-social, community-building activities
● Co- teach Health & Wellness classes and support program development as needed
● Participate as an active member of our therapeutic sports classes by engaging as an active and/or supportive member of the team
● Work collaboratively with other school professionals to analyze data, determine effective interventions, and progress monitor the effectiveness of such interventions.
● Make referrals, coordinate, and maintain outreach to parents and outside agencies to address mental health needs
● If working with students ages 14+, work closely with the College and Career Department to coordinate and plan for transition from high school
● In collaboration with school professionals and administrators, intervene during crisis situations and make appropriate referrals
● Prepare reports and written communications as necessary, including IEP goals, progress reports, and annual review reports
● Work with administration to inform staff of mandated reporting law and facilitate 51A filing
● Actively participate in IEP meetings and other student services meetings
● Actively participate in program, departmental, and school-wide trainings, meetings and activities
● Provide training and conduct teacher and/or parent groups as appropriate
● Other duties as assigned by Clinical Coordinator, Elementary/Middle and High School Directors, and Head of School

Qualifications:
● Masters Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or a related field
● LICSW/LMHC or license-eligible strongly preferred
● Experience in a school environment preferred
● Excellent relational skills and a strong capacity to relate to students and parents

Start date: August 24, 2018
Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program. If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Pam Sweeney
psweeney@dearbornacademy.org
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Dearborn Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment in its programs and activities. Dearborn Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system's educational philosophy and personnel goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.