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UTRGV Grant School Psychologist Intern Pool (24-25)

School Year: 2024-2025
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time

Description

School Psychologist Intern - UTRGV MHS-DGP 

  

  

Role Mission:  

The School Psychologist Intern under the UTRGV MHS-DGP grant is a key member of the Special Programs team and partners with regional instructional leaders, campus leaders, and teachers to maximize student outcomes with a key focus on Mental Health Interventions for general education students and students in Special Education. As the School Psychologist Intern under the UTRGV MHS-DGP grant agreement with IDEA Public Schools, you will be responsible for demonstrating knowledge and skill in assessment, determining Special Education eligibility, providing academic, behavioral, and mental health interventions with a high focus on RTI/MTSS following state and federal legal frameworks. You will help a portfolio of 1-2 campuses, supporting students and parents through problem solving interventions with students who may be struggling academically, behaviorally, and those experiencing Mental Health needs. In addition, you will provide general education and special education students with direct counseling and track student progress towards goals defined in intervention and special education plans. 

 

This is a  grant funded position and funding may be extended. A grant-funded position has no guarantee of ongoing and indefinite employment. All duties and responsibilities tied to this position are allowable and allocable to the grant. 

  

This position is for the UTRGV MHS-DGP grant program only. Applicants outside of this grant should apply via the School Psychologist Intern General Pools for Upper-RGV, Mid-RGV, or Lower-RGV.  

  

Supervisory Responsibilities:  

There are no supervisory responsibilities for this role.

The School Psychologist Intern reports directly to the regional Lead School Psychologist and works under the supervision of a designated School Psychologist mentor to complete all requirements for School Psychologist certification. 

  

Location: 

Language for regional roles: This is a full-time (remote/on-site) position located in (Region). Preference will be given to candidates who live in the (Region), or who are willing to relocate. 

  

Travel Expectations:  

This role involves some minor travel between campuses. 

  

What You’ll Do – Accountabilities 

  

Essential Duties:  

  1. The intern will demonstrate proficiencies and knowledge acquired during formal training
    in the School Psychology Program at the UTRGV based on the NASP 2020 Standards for
    Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists, including:
    o Data-Based Decision-Making
    o Consultation and Collaboration
    o Academic Interventions and Supports
    o Mental and Behavioral Health Services
    o School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning
    o Services to Promote Safe and Supportive Schools
    o Family, School and Community Collaboration
    o Equitable Practices for Diverse Student Populations
    o Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    o Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice
     
  2. The SBMHSP Intern in school psychology will focus the majority of their internship
    experiences in providing mental health services to include the NASP Domains above.
    This can be done with all students, including general and special education. Their time
    should NOT be spent primarily in assessment or special education processes.
     
  3. The intern will demonstrate competence in the practice of professional school psychology
    by:
    o Passing the National School Psychology Praxis Exam administered by the
    Educational Testing Service, which also serves as the Program’s Comprehensive
    Examination
    o Completing all contractual agreements with the internship site and completing all
    School Psychology Program requirements
    o Applying for and receiving institutional certification from the University as
    having graduated with a Master of Arts in School Psychology
    o Applying to the BHEC/TSBEP for licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School
    Psychology (LSSP) including passing the required Jurisprudence Examination
    o Applying to the National School Psychology Certification Board and receiving
    Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) status, if so desired

  

Additional Duties and Responsibilities: 

  

Comply with all the expectations under the UTRGV MHS-DGP grant data collection and reporting. 

  

What You Bring – Competencies 

  

Knowledge and Skills: 

Knowledge of procedures for assessing achievement and intellectual, emotional, and behavioral functions for education purposes, including cross-battery evaluation practices
Knowledge of prevention and intervention strategies, including behavior management interventions
Knowledge of psycho-social development
Strong consultation skills for conferencing with teachers, parents, and students
Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to manage multiple requests, deadlines, and priorities 

  

Required experience: 

Enrollment in a UTRGV internship program for Licensed Specialist in School Psychology with a letter from the university stating they have been approved for internship and will be under the MHS-DGP grant. 

  

  

Physical Requirements:  

Must be able to sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
Must be able to climb ladders or scaffolding, or climb and work in overhead areas
Must be able to work in a confined space or to crawl or move about on hands and knees.
Physical ability to work around small children including sitting, standing, running and climbing stairs.
Must be able to lift and carry small children up to 40 pounds in case of emergency.
Must be able to work in indoor and outdoor environments, including in times of excessive heat or cold 

  

  

  

  

What We Offer: 


Compensation & Benefits: 

Salaries for people entering this role is commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for performance pay based on organizational performance and goal attainment. 

  

  

Additionally, we offer medical, dental, and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. You can find more information about our benefits at https://ideapublicschools.org/careers/benefits/. 

  

* IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable. 

  

  

Application process:  

Submit your application online through Jobvite. Please note that applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

  

  

Learn more about IDEA  

At IDEA the Staff Culture and Belonging Team uses our Core Values to promote human connection and a culture of integrity, respect, and belonging for all Team and Family members.  Learn more about our Commitment to Core Values here: https://ideapublicschools.org/our-story/#core-values  

  

  

  

 
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