School-Based Mental Health Therapist I
Salary range: 54
Reports to: Health Therapist Supervisor
Under the direction of the Mental Health Therapist Supervisor and with coordination of the Site Principal, provide site-based clinical services related to the delivery of mental health care to assigned students at the school location. Provide consultation services to school staff to support the overall mental health goals of their assigned students. May also consult about students receiving Special Education services at the school.
- A Master's Degree or higher in Counseling, Psychology, Clinical Social Work, or a closely related field
- PPS credential desired but not required
- Satisfactory work history
- Have and maintain a valid California Driver's license
- Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
- Encourage students to express their feelings (using various therapeutic techniques, including play therapy) and discuss what is happening in their lives, and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships
- Guide students in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with problems
- Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports
- Counsel students, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, maladaptive behavior, adjusting to life, and making changes
- Collect and assess information about students through interviews, observation, and tests
- Act as student advocates in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations
- Effectively communicate skills with parents and staff concerning student needs
- Participate as an active member of the Crisis Response Team
- Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge
- Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans
- Refer students or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary
- Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling programs and students' progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined Objectives
- Maintain data on the efficacy of services
- Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in students' status
- Run groups, workshops and courses, or presentations about mental health issues
- Maintain confidentiality of records relating to students' treatment
- Attend IEP meetings and contribute to the goals and planning for the students
- Develop and update IEP goals and progress reports
- Assess the needs of the student and the influence of the environment regarding those needs
- Communicate and collaborate with other staff and family members as a means of effectively supporting students in home and school in order optimize the overall program and progress of the student
- Conduct home visits with the District Social Worker or School Resource Officer as part of a welfare check on students' wellbeing
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Work with and communicate with other agencies, (e.g. probation officers, police department) to insure that all aspects of the student's program are addressed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- A thorough knowledge and understanding of the common diagnoses and treatments for school-aged children and skills necessary to facilitate positive change in a school environment;
- Social emotional needs and their relationship to learning;
- Report-writing methods and techniques;
- The ability to work independently while following IEPs;
- Communicate clearly through all mediums;
- Maintain confidentiality of student records and information while working within a team setting;
- Work with public and outside agencies;
- Prepare reports, presentations, and materials, and present in a group setting;
- Work independently under general supervision;
- Prepare and maintain accurate records and filing systems;
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and interpersonal skills with others using tact, patience and courtesy.
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. 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 employee must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift.
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to follow written procedures; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone and provide assistance to students. Ability to operate audiovisual equipment, computer, typewriter, copy machine and other office and classroom equipment with dexterity.
Ability to understand speech at normal levels in person or on the telephone. Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand a normal conversation in person or on the telephone. Ability to see for purposes of observing students and reading instructional materials, tests, student records and other printed matter. Seeing to read fine print.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 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, and may also expect to make occasional home visits to meet with families of students. Employee may occasionally be exposed to potential for electric shock.
Work environment includes working directly with young children. Job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; may involve exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases, interruptions, and sometimes crisis situations, including interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Employee frequently works at a computer.
Work Year: 10 Months
Revision Date: 06/01/2017
Initial date: 05/09/2012
Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.