The School Based-Mental Health Therapist provides prevention, early intervention, and individual/family therapy services to students and the school community to remove mental health and behavioral barriers to learning. The School-Based Mental Health Therapist is assigned full-time to the school and works closely with school staff to support students and their families. Clinical supervision, LAYC meetings, and required training may take place at LAYC or other locations.
- Collaborates with the professional educational team (teachers, principals, school counselors, social workers, etc.) at the school, working cooperatively and creatively to meet student needs and remove mental health and behavioral barriers to learning.
- Provides individual and family services to include diagnostic assessment, treatment planning and therapy sessions to students who require individualized mental health services. Responsible for providing 25 units of billable service per week.
- Delivers mental health services at students’ home when necessary.
- Provides primary prevention services to the school community to create a positive school climate including those focusing on resilience, wellness and effective coping with stress. Prevention services may include services delivered to school staff, parents, as well as the student body.
- Consults and provides training to teachers and other staff to assist them with planning and implementing interventions to remove mental health-related barriers to academic performance.
- Delivers early interventions to students who have been identified as having risk factors to develop a mental problem, by facilitating student groups or providing consultation to caregivers and staff.
- Provides continuity of care to students during school vacations and summer break by providing ongoing services to students and families at home, community or at LAYC.
- Provides crisis intervention services to students at school and in the community.
- Makes appropriate referrals to services as indicated in the client’s treatment plan.
- Documents all services in an electronic database within 48 hours.
- Communicates with agencies such as police, sheriff, probation, social services, mental health, the courts, youth services and other organizations when needed.
- Meets weekly with Clinical Supervisor for individual supervision and consults with supervisor telephonically between scheduled supervision sessions.
- Participates in Group Clinical Supervision on a monthly basis at LAYC.
- Updates clearances and completes training as required by DBH regulations.
- Improves professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions.
- Performs other activities specifically assigned by the Clinical Supervisor or Social Services Director.Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.
- Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field.
- At least Graduate-level license in the District of Columbia (LGSW or LGPC).
- At least two years of experience working with child/adolescent substance abuse and/or mental health clients within a culturally diverse population.
- Ability to work well and communicate with a culturally diverse population.
- Ability to translate Positive Youth Development techniques into practice.
- Knowledge of services and resources in the areas of mental health treatment and rehabilitation.
- Knowledge in crisis intervention.
- Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs and determine the optimal treatment strategies.
- Ability to conduct individual, family and group counseling sessions.
- Fluency in English and Spanish preferred.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Flexible schedule, including occasional evenings for school events.
- Complete criminal record, medical evaluation, and child abuse clearances.
- Driver’s license preferred but not required.
- Computer proficiency.
This is a position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. Requires the ability to occasionally travel locally.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.