School Psychologist Intern

Waukegan, Illinois, us
Company: Waukegan Community Unit School District #60
Category: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Published on 2021-06-17 13:30:01
School Psychology Intern
2021-2022 School Year
Who We Are:
Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 serves nearly 17,000 students in preschool through grade 12 and is located halfway between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. Our District has one early learning center, 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and a high school program divided between two 9 – 12th  grade campuses. The District encompasses portions of Waukegan, Beach Park and Park City.
Why We Do This Work:
The Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 has set an ambitious agenda for change, guided by the belief that all children, regardless of circumstances, can achieve at high levels and academic gaps can and will be eliminated with the support of teachers who deliver engaging, relevant, and academically rigorous instruction that excites students and instills a love of learning in them.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The School Psychology Intern is directly responsible to the Coordinator of School Psychology and indirectly responsible to the Director of Special Education Programs and Services.  Interns will be supervised by the Department of School Psychology.  Each candidate will complete all of the requirements set forth by their training program to successfully complete an internship in school psychology.  In addition, each candidate will complete a minimum of 2 hours of supervision per week with supervisors.  

General Duties:
  1.  Identify children with educational, social, and emotional problems who need special help;
  2.  Serve as a consultant to administrators, classroom teachers, parents, and other school personnel on matters related to the adjustment and educational problems of individual children and groups of pupils;
  3.  Serve as a consultant to teachers and administrators;
  4.  Give direct services to children and their parents;
  5.  Promote an educational climate that is in harmony with the educational, social, and psychological needs of children.
Specific Duties
  1.  Educate school personnel about the role and functions of a School Psychologist;
  2.  Serve as a consultant to administrators, classroom teachers, and other school personnel on matters related to the adjustment and educational problems of individual children and groups of pupils;
  3.  Educate school personnel to identify and refer children who need school psychological services;
  4.  Conduct preliminary and comprehensive psycho-educational studies to appraise the social, emotional, behavioral, and educational status and needs of children referred for school psychological services;
  5.  Make recommendations to school personnel pertaining to:  the management of pupils in the school environment; educational adjustments to meet the needs of children (levels of instruction, methods, materials, remedial services, etc.); and placement of exceptional children in special education classes and programs;
  6.  Assess and communicate the results of psycho-educational diagnosis to school personnel and parents through conferences, staffings, and written reports;
  7.  Provide follow-up services to determine to what extend recommendations have been implemented as well as to appraise the efficacy of recommended changes;
  8.  Participate in in-service programs, formal and informal, to help school personnel; (a) recognize the needs and problems that children experience; and (b) deal appropriately with the needs and problems of individual children and groups of children;
  9.  Work with parents to help them understand the needs and problems of their children and manage their behavior in a constructive manner;
  10.  Participate in efforts to improve the mental health climate of the schools, and contribute to the solution of psycho-social-educational problems such as drug usage, truancy, racial conflict, suicide, depression, anxiety, drop-outs, social skills, etc.;
  11.  Function as a  member of building level RTI teams, grade level teams, and individual problem solving teams in order to contribute to a multidisciplinary approach to pupil management;
  12.  Participate in research projects that pertain to the learning and adjustment of pupils;
  13.  Participate in public relations activities in order to promote the acceptance, support, and use of school psychological services;
  14.  Maintain lines of communication with various outside agencies that provide child and family services and make appropriate referrals;
  15.  Provide support, instruction, technical assistance, and ongoing monitoring of progress toward measurable, identified goals for students at individual, group, or systems level;
  16.  Providing support, training, and technical assistance during the data analysis and progress monitoring process for staff and parents;
  17.  Serve as a consultation leader in the building during the RTI process;
  18.  Providing consultation on legal and ethical concerns that arise in the building during the RTI and special education process;
  19.  Providing consultation and developing prevention programs that are consistent with the RTI academic and behavior model;
  20.  Involvement in data analysis and evaluation, using data outcomes for implementing plans at an individual, group, or systems level;
  21.   Observe, consult, assess, and give feedback on the fidelity of classroom instruction and intervention implementation;
  22.  Participate in crisis intervention efforts in the building and district level;
  23.  Keep abreast of new information, concepts, and developments within the field of school psychology in order to update one's knowledge and functional skills;
  24.  Perform such other duties as may be assigned by either the Coordinator of Psychological Services or the Special Education Director of Programs and Services; 
  25.  Participate in weekly supervision sessions with designated school psychology supervisor; 
  26.  Complete all university graduation requirements designated by the intern's university supervisor.  
Note:  The above statements are intended to describe the essential functions and related requirements of persons assigned to this job.  They are not intended as an exhaustive list of job duties, responsibilities, and requirements.

  •  Eligibility for an approved Internship in School Psychology;
  •  Demonstrated knowledge in assessment, consultation, counseling, technology, diversity, problem solving
  •  Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with students, staff and parents;
  •  Computer skills, including the use of spreadsheets and knowledge of AIMSweb.

Salary: $15,000

Additional Information: Workdays and hours per contractual agreement

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