Mental Health Positions Available Now!
- Comprehensive school counseling as defined by the American School Counselor Association provides developmental, preventive, remedial and responsive services.
- Promotes and enhances the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, social/emotional, and postsecondary development.
- Contributes to and/or manages the School Counseling Program using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
- Delivers and evaluates data driven counseling services relevant to student outcomes and achievement through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling.
- Effective school counselors in the state of Colorado have the knowledge, skills, and commitments needed to provide excellent and equitable learning opportunities and growth for all students.
- School counselors strive to support the whole child’s growth and development, close achievement gaps and to prepare diverse student populations for postsecondary and workforce success.
- Effective school counselors utilize root cause analysis to employ and adjust evidence-based strategies and approaches for students who are not achieving mastery of standards and students who need acceleration.
- Develop students skills, interests and abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, as well as for democratic and civic participation.
- Communicate high expectations to students and their families and utilize diverse strategies to engage them in a mutually supportive teaching and learning environment.
- Engage in collaboration, continuous reflection, on-going learning and leadership within the profession.
- Provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success
- Establish a rapport with families, students and colleagues.
- Responsible for using effective counseling techniques.
- Professional School Counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the changing world of the 21st century.
School Social Workers
- Provide mental health services for students to support student achievement.
- Support students with personal and psychological issues that may impact academic performance, behavior and socialization.
- Support student needs around attendance, behavior, or other causes of distress.
- Refer students to outside support services or agencies to help students cope with economic, emotional or physical challenges.
- Assess students to identify the areas in which they might need counseling or assistance to be able to function effectively in a school environment.
- Communicate with parents, teachers, and administration to provide full view of issues facing an individual student, group, or entire school.
- Maintain case files and report/track student problems and progress to recognize patterns in behavior.
- Assist with student remediation by providing counseling, treatment plans or workshops.
Direct Service with Special Education Students
- Providing group and individual counseling services based on IEP mental health service goals
- Developing individual, group or system level interventions which improve identified problems or concerns, including academic, social/emotional/behavioral/mental health needs as they relate to educational progress
- Mental health in services in the general education classroom
- Providing the written documentation of services i.e. progress reports and progress monitoring, service logs, IEP goals
- Communicating and consulting with outside service providers (ex: caseworkers, therapists) when appropriate
- Working collaboratively to address a variety of factors in a child's living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school (home, school, and community)
- Conducting suicide risk assessments
- Assisting team members in threat assessments
- Assisting team members in developing and implementing safety plans
- Responding to crisis situations and providing related individual and classroom support
- Identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect to local authorities
- Completing cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral and adaptive skills assessments
- Interpreting and writing evaluation reports based off the assessments conducted
- Collecting data and developing Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans
- Completing school observations
- Conducting family, teacher and student social/developmental history interviews
- Conducting a review of records
- Developing IEP goals
- Creating Educational Impact Statements
- Participating in collaborative meetings for the following: IEP pre-planning, special education team, center-based classroom team, manifestation determination review
- Participating on the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support team
- Consulting and collaborating with families, teachers, other building staff, building administration, outside agencies working with the family
- Attending monthly behavioral health team meetings
- Participating in professional development
- Participating in professional learning community meetings
- Attending building staff meetings
- Providing psychoeducation for staff, students and families
- Conducting home visits/wellness visits
- Providing professional development to school staff
- Providing academic/behavior consultation
- Assisting with MTSS, leadership council, building-wide supports
- Providing community resources
- Providing mental health services for students with a 504 plan
- Providing general education interventions - behavioral and social skill support training for students
- Providing consultation to teachers and staff for general education students
- Obtaining and coordinating community resources to meet students’ needs
Who We Are
APS is the fifth largest school district in Colorado with one of the most diverse student populations. Our students come from more than 130 countries and speak more than 160 languages. With 40,000 students at 64 schools, we have more than 5,000 expert and caring staff members who are dedicated to accelerating learning for every APS student, every day.
In APS, we seize every day as a new opportunity to make an impact. We are a district that reaches new levels of success year after year. Over the past five years, the APS Mental Health and Counseling Department has built innovative systems and structures to enrich the social, emotional and mental wellness of our students and staff.
APS families, staff and community members share the responsibility for student achievement. We work together to provide culturally-relevant and rigorous learning experiences to help every student reach their full potential.
What We Believe
Aurora Public Schools aims to become a trauma-informed school district, with the foundational belief that obtaining a developmentally relevant and biologically sensitive lens will not only impact the student population who has been impacted by trauma, but more importantly, boost the resilience of all staff and students. It is imperative our staff know and understand human neurobiology to provide the best educational environments to those they serve.
The APS strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future, is our roadmap for student success. APS 2020 has three strategic goals. Every student will have:
- A plan for his or her future.
- A set of skills to implement his or her plan.
- Credentials that open doors.
By creating plans, mastering skills and earning credentials, our students are preparing for college and career success. In partnership with our families and community, we share the vision that every student will shape a successful future.
Our Points of Pride
APS offers a competitive benefits package to meet the needs of every employee. Health coverage options for medical, vision and dental plans are available. APS also contributes to employee retirement savings through the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).
In APS, we believe diversity is our strength! Our students, families, staff and community members represent many races, nationalities, religions and cultures. Our school community reflects our city’s diversity and exemplifies our commitment to equity and inclusion.
Aurora is an All-American City and premier destination for:
- Diversity: A cultural destination featuring more than 400 ethnic restaurants
- Recreation: Convenient to breweries, three reservoirs, thriving nightlife, shopping, cultural centers and more
- Sports: 10 distinctive golf courses, national youth and adult sports tournaments
- Denver is one of the top cities in the nation for sports fans and home to four major professional sports teams
- Healthcare: Ranks in the top 10 cities for healthcare and is anchored by the world-class Anschutz Medical Campus
- Military: Home to the Buckley Air Force Base and all five branches of the military
We are One Aurora and we are creating the future!
Check out this Livability.com article about “Why Aurora, CO Is One of America’s Best Places to Live!”
Aurora Story or “A Story” captures the authentic narrative of student life in Aurora Public Schools. These stories offer a glimpse into the resilient nature and breathtaking zeal of our students who refuse to be defined by others and are empowered to share their stories so others may learn new truths about their experiences.
The A Story program prides itself on empowering students to take back their narrative by telling their stories through a lens of deep authenticity. A Story strives to deplete mental health stigma, dropkick stereotypes and celebrate students’ differences, adversities and how they benefit from living in one of the most diverse environments in the world.
Laugh, cry and grow with our students as they share with you stories of resilience, triumph through hardship, intergenerational narratives, and stories about dreams, told either through poetry, short stories, photography, art, videography, and music.
APS is a large district, but small enough for you to be recognized and have an impact. With support from mentors and fellow mental health professionals, you will be encouraged to demonstrate and build upon your competencies.
We provide several opportunities to contribute to your professional and career growth and customize your career path! Our robust training continues from onboarding through the rest of your APS career, as well as optional counseling tracks. You will be mentored and part of a team that ensures you understand how we operate and grow.
- Differentiated professional development
- Experiential development
- Counseling tracks so you can learn different modalities – select your track
- Continuing Education Credit
- Paid outside of hours for some training for some positions
- Salary Advancement Credit
Our curriculum is always evidence-based and vetted by experts in the field to ensure meaningful development and implementation. There is cross-functional training that expands your expertise.
Examples of Professional Development Training:
- ABC Online training (Academic Behavior through Content)
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute)
- CSAP (Child Sexual Abuse Prevention)
- LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning or Queer)
- PREPaRE (Prevent Reaffirm Evaluate Provide and Respond Examine)
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