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Justin Kool
by Chloe Graveline
Published: May 28, 2024 (3 weeks ago)
Location
110, 7000 Railway Street SE Calgary, AB

Located in Calgary, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (FFCA) is the largest public charter school in Alberta, soon to be serving over 4000 students in eight campuses throughout the city. We offer educational programming through a Distinctive Teaching and Learning Framework developed within the Alberta context for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment where the four pillars of our charter: academic excellence, character development, parental involvement, and staff leadership are valued and fostered.

FFCA is seeking to hire a Psychologist commencing August 12, 2024.

Position Summary

The Psychologist position at FFCA is part of the inclusion team based out of central office. This multi-disciplinary team works collaboratively with staff in each campus to ensure students have the universal, targeted and specialized supports required to engage at their fullest potential with FFCA’s whole group instructional approach.

In this role, you will provide evidence-informed supports and conduct assessments as needed in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team. Reporting to the Coordinator of Inclusion, you will work with students as a direct service provider and with educational staff as a consultant and educator.

Responsibilities

  1. Screening

Identifies needs of students via:

  1. Consultation and collaboration with school personnel and/or parents/guardians.
  2. Classroom observation of students.
  3. Gathering pertinent information from other disciplines.
  1. Assessment
    1. Assesses cognitive functioning, academic achievement, social/emotional functioning, personality, self-esteem and adaptive behaviour by conducting observations, interviews, psycho-educational diagnostic instruments, and using other appropriate methods.
    2. Interprets results of assessments to school personnel and parents/guardians.
    3. Prepares written assessment reports for the Student Record and for relevant community professionals on request.
  2. Diagnosis
    1. Determines, if applicable, mental health conditions or disorders via analysis and interpretation of assessment information.
    2. Makes intervention, programming, or other recommendations to address student needs.
    3. Integrates relevant psychoeducational information into student support plans.
    4. Prepares written summaries and other documentation as required.
  3. Consultation
    1. Consults with school and campus personnel, parents/guardians and community professionals and agencies.
    2. Acts as a liaison between school and campus personnel, parents/guardians and community agencies.
  4. Intervention

Provides, evaluates and documents direct services to students, teachers, and parents/guardians.

  1. Students
    1. Learning and behavioural strategies assistance
    2. Study and organizational skills
  • Brief counselling and referral for long-term counselling
  1. Peer mediation and peer support programs
  2. Conflict resolution groups
  3. Social skills groups (e.g., peer relations, bullying)
  • Anger management groups
  • Mentorship programs
  1. Teachers
    1. Development of learning, behavioural and social/emotional strategies and supports.
    2. Identification and implementation of student accommodations.
  • Development of classroom support plans.
  1. Parents/Guardians
    1. Development of learning, behavioural and social/emotional strategies
    2. Parent/guardian education (e.g. Parent/guardian Effectiveness Training)
  • Brief counselling and referral for long-term counselling
  1. Supervision
    1. Provides clinical supervision for family school liaison counsellors and youth development counsellors.
    2. Provides training and supervision of graduate practicum students and Provisional Psychologists.
  2. Staff Development
    1. Provides workshops and/or presentations within the FFCA community as required.
    2. Provides resource material to support and staff professional learning.
    3. Liaises with the Calgary Charter Critical Incident Response Team.
  3. Develops and maintains a high level of knowledge and awareness of the current theory and practice related to meeting the learning and behaviour needs of exceptional learners.
  4. Works collaboratively with other Student Services and local staff to provide a comprehensive service to students with exceptional needs.
  5. Performs other related responsibilities as required.

Qualifications

  • Education and Experience
    • Current registration as a psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
    • Five years’ experience with assessment, intervention and counseling in numerous areas (psychoeducational, social/emotional, behavioural, ASD, FASD, Learning Disabilities etc.).
    • Meets the CAP requirements for the supervision of provisional psychologists.
    • Preference may be given to psychologists with both clinical/counselling experience and assessment experience.
    • Experience working with children with special needs and their families.
  • Demonstrated Skills and Competencies
    • Assessment and diagnostic skills.
    • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision.
    • Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work as a member of an educational team.

The initial contract will be probationary in nature for a period of one year. A continuous contract of employment will be subject to a successful performance appraisal during the probationary period.

Successful candidates will be expected to participate in FFCA’s new staff orientation from August 12-16, 2024.

Application Process

Interested candidates are asked to submit via e-mail to chloe.graveline@ffca-calgary.com:

  • a current resume with cover letter,
  • three (3) work-related reference names & contact information.

Position Deadline: This posting will remain open until filled, however the first round of shortlisting may begin on June 7th, 2024.

While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only those selected for the interview process will be contacted.