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 will be assigned full-time to Anacostia High School or Ballou High School and will work closely with staff at the school to support students and their families. Clinical supervision, LAYC meetings, and required trainings may take place at LAYC or other locations.  LAYC is a culturally competent organization that prioritizes recruiting and supporting staff who have shared life experiences with our youth.


  • 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 education to students and families to reduce stigma related to mental health treatment.
  • Provides individual and family services to include diagnostic assessment, therapy and case management services to students who require individualized mental health treatment.
  • Delivers mental health services at students’ home when necessary.
  • Provides primary prevention services to 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 an emotional or behavioral 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 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 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 Clinical Supervisor or Social Services Director.
  • Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.


  • Master’s 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.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
  • 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.

 Please send resume and cover letter to Social Services Director Elizabeth Mohler at


This is a position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs.  Requires the ability to travel locally with some regularity.

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.