East Brunswick Career Development (EBCD) and Piscataway Career Development (PICD) employ two full time Child Study Teams.
Child Study Team
The Child Study Team at MCVTS are liasons to your local school district and other agencies affiliated with special needs populations. The Child Study Team at MCVTS play central roles in the development of Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), coordination of various aspects of state and campus-specific evaluations, and ongoing collaboration with students, staff, administration, and local school district case managers.
Learning Disability Teacher Consultant
A Learning Disability Teacher Consultant, or LDT-C, is an integral part of the Child Study Team. The role of the LDT-C is to effectively work with teachers to support student's learning characteristics. LDT-Cs assist in designing appropriate instructional plans in order to enable each student to maximize his or her learning potential and receive a thorough and efficient education. The primary role of the LDT-C is educational case management.
School psychologists are often viewed as the link between the educational program and clinical mental health practice. Their training emphasizes psychotherapy, diagnosis, clinical assessment, and how issues of cognitive and emotional functioning influence a child’s ability to function within their school program. At MCVTS, school psychologists have several key responsibilities.
School psychologists at MCVTS serve as direct service providers, Child Study Team members, case managers, and clinical consultants. Their training emphasizes diagnostic and therapeutic skills, and they provide group and individual therapy/counseling sessions to students with behavioral and mental health issues. Psychologists at MCVTS also provide consultative services to clinicians and medical professionals who work with our students in their home or community settings.
School Social Worker
School social workers are often viewed as the link between home, community and school. Their training emphasizes how the environment might influence a child’s emotional and academic potential. At MCVTS, the social worker has several key responsibilities. First, they serve as a member of the Child Study Team along with the Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and School Psychologist. This team uses a multidisciplinary approach to gain a comprehensive assessment of a student’s needs, suggests interventions and strategies to deal with individual issues, and monitors progress on specific treatment plans and programs.
Social workers at MCVTS also serve a primary role as direct service providers; offering crisis intervention, and group and individual counseling to students with social and behavioral challenges. Collaboratively with the teacher they develop goals and objectives to strengthen student’s social functioning with an emphasis on transferring these skills into less restrictive environments such as general education settings, workplaces, and recreational activities.