Mental Health Therapist (High School Sites)
Salary range: 52
Reports to: Student Services Director/Site Principal
Support student mental health/welfare and wellness education in the High School setting through capacity building direct services, consultation and outreach. Provide mental health services including counseling, consultation, mental health evaluations, treatment and case management for individuals and families; related duties as required. Provide a mental health perspective in collaboration with school sites to promote a positive school climate and develop a multi-tiered system of student intervention and support. Build and facilitate effective student support structures as a part of the Student Support Teams.
Master's Degree or higher in Counseling, Psychology, Clinical Social Work, or a closely related field.
- Provide direct mental health services including counseling, consultation, mental health evaluations, treatment coordination, individual/group therapy, collateral case management for individuals and families
- Provide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), including essential Tier One Intervention support for students
- Align RDA (Results-Driven Accountability) of all components of an accountability system in a manner to best support students, families, staff and school communities and be consistent with district and site initiatives
- Provide SW-PBIS (School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports);
- Develop/plan and oversee wellness center activities
- Design appropriate interventions for the teachers of students to differentiate instruction, to incorporate social-emotional and behavioral classroom plans, and to support and monitor student progress and mental health
- Provide consultative support as a subject expert to teachers, administrators, and parents regarding mental health or behavioral issues, understanding cultures, and substance abuse
- Provide information and support to teachers and administrators regarding classroom environment and school climate responsive to needs of students
- Participate in school meetings related to discussion and planning for improvement of individual student's needs
- Provide technical expertise, information and assistance to the administrator regarding assigned functions
- Participate in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs as requested
- Communicate with administrators, school psychologists, personnel and outside organizations to coordinate activities, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information
- Operate a computer and assigned software and operate other office equipment as assigned
- Provide input to program
- Attend and participate in a variety of meetings, workshops and conferences
- Act as liaison between students, families, school personnel, and community agencies
- Plan and conduct training and education for staff and parents
- Provide feedback to administration regarding program operations
- Assist in providing case management
- Serve on various committees
- Participate in inter and intra agency planning and staff meetings related to students
- Provide outreach casework and support services including home visits, individual and group counseling, and individual and family intervention
- Provide referrals to appropriate in-district and community resources
- Maintain appropriate evaluation and treatment records
- Complete and submit a variety of forms, evaluations and program reports
- Perform related duties as assigned
- Work effectively with children, adolescents and adults, and school staff and agency representatives
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
- Speak effectively in public
- Follow oral and written instruction with a minimum of direction
- Work independently and make decisions within the framework of established guidelines
- Plan, provide feedback and assess program
- Assist with mentoring staff
- With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR
- Establish and maintain records.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Thorough knowledge of rules and regulations applicable to providing mental health services and such services in public schools;
- Psychotherapy principles and practices, including treatment of individuals, families and groups;
- Interviewing techniques;
- Community agencies and referral resources;
- A thorough understanding of reporting responsibilities for student welfare;
- Ability to work confidentially with discretion;
- Ability to speak effectively in public;
- Ability to follow oral and written instruction with a minimum of direction;
- Work independently and make decisions within the framework of established guidelines;
- Analyze and determine appropriate methods and interpret and apply guidelines to accomplish goals;
- Establish priorities and deadlines;
- Formulate and implement treatment plans;
- Analyze and resolve problems with tact and diplomacy.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear, and taste and smell. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift.
The employee must see in order to read, interpret and explain policies, programs and reports; hear and speak to exchange information and make presentations. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Office environment; classroom environment during observances. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. Job entails direct contact with students; may entail exposure to bloodborne pathogens or communicable diseases. Occasional home visits to meet with families of students; interruptions and sometimes crisis situations.
Possible contact with hostile or abusive individuals with unpredictable behaviors, both students and adults.
Work Year: 10 Months
Revision Date: 03/24/2017
Initial date: 04/14/2015
Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.