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Perkins is seeking a school MSW for our DeafBlind Program who thrives in a collaborative environment. Our MSW will support the wellbeing of our students, meet with families and collaborate with outside state and national social service agencies. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of special education professionals to help our students prosper.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following:
Coordinate and provide consultation to the families of our students by providing ongoing education and support to parents and family members and make referrals as needed.
Coordinate contact with outside agencies when necessary
Provide consultation to the student’s teams regarding issues related to the psychosocial needs of the students; Participate in case reviews and core evaluations and prepare written or verbal reports
Serve as an advocate for students and their families
Facilitate strong communication between the family and school staff.
Participate in screening or evaluations of students referred for service;
Maintain appropriate records; Prepare statistical data regarding service delivery, as necessary; Maintain a flexible schedule to insure availability to students and participation in programs.
Assist in the provision of formal and informal in-service training to staff; Participate in grant and proposal writing when appropriate.
Assist in coordinating IEP meetings with families and other involved agencies
Consult and cooperate with the student’s multidisciplinary team in order to meet medical, psychiatric, psychological, recreational, residential and educational or vocational planning needs of students by sharing knowledge of resources, and facilitating parental/agency cooperation.
Participate in evaluation teams and planning committees for parent education programs.
Make recommendations for the disbursement of special funds established to meet the material needs of students.
To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.
Education and/or Experience
Master’s Degree in Social Work degree with two (2) years’ experience as licensed as clinical social worker (LCSW);
Demonstrated experience working with families and children with sensory challenges in vision, multiple impairments or intellectual challenges or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Ability to work with students who may exhibit aggressive behaviors
Ability to communicate in American Sign Language, if needed
Ability to effectively communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Knowledge of state agencies (Vision, hearing, vocational rehabilitation,developmental disabilities).
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW;
Licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts;
First Aid/CPR Certification; and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) for some positions;