School Based Therapist

 

SUMMARY: The School-Based Therapist, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Unified School District staff, provides therapy and mental health consultation services for children in preschool through 6th grade, and their families. The School-Based Therapist supports the client and his/her family in meeting their mental health goals. Therapy is focused on healing mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, problems in the parent-child relationship, or other social-emotional challenges with the ultimate goal of restoring children and families to a healthy level of functioning, including positive academic outcomes. The School-Based Therapist provides educational trainings and referrals to parents and family members. The School-Based Therapist also supports teachers in the classroom by assisting with observations, providing coaching to help teachers handle challenging behavior, and offering reflective practice to help teachers reflect on their responses, beliefs, and overall work with children. The School-Based Therapist provides training and education to support teachers in understanding child development, social-emotional targeted interventions and other topics important to the teaching team. They work with children in the classroom who are exhibiting challenging behaviors by providing social-emotional activities and targeted behavior interventions. In addition, the School-Based Therapist reaches out to families who may need services or referrals, parent education and support with their child. The School-Based Therapist provides written documentation of all client, family and case management contacts, and meets Medi-Cal documentation standards in writing of notes.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Therapeutic/Mental Health Consultation Responsibilities

  • Creates a treatment plan with measurable and observable goals in collaboration with supervisor, client, teachers and school administrators.
  • Participates in completion of clinical assessment with clients to assess their strengths and needs.
  • Provides developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions for children and families in individual, group or family settings
  • Coordinates with other therapists, consultants, and partners to implement treatment plan, when appropriate.
  • Works with teachers, aides, school site staff, and other professionals in the classroom.
  • Coaches teachers on targeted behavior interventions.
  • Models appropriate interactions with children and adolescents.
  • Provides reflective practice groups for teachers, as needed.
  • Supports teachers and staff in restorative approaches.
  • Assists teachers in parent conferences and other meetings.
  • Organizes and provides trainings for teachers, administrators, school staff, and parents.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information.
  • Maintains cooperative working relationships with students, parents, families, teachers, and school staff.
  • Maintains a minimum of 60% documentable clinical time.
  • Participates in individual and group clinical supervision on a weekly basis. Seeks guidance from Clinical Supervisor to handle complex client issues.
  • Provides crisis intervention and stabilization services as needed.

Documentation Responsibilities

  • Completes all agency required documentation, including progress notes and assessments, in a timely manner and according to agency policy and best practice.
  • Provides regular reports/notes to principals and teachers.
  • Meets Medi-Cal documentation standards, as needed.
  • Completes items on Electronic Health Record task list in a timely manner.
  • Maintains log of intern hours and routinely brings to Clinical Supervisor for approval.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attends CALM agency staff meetings and weekly team meetings.
  • Meets with SBUSD personnel as needed.
  • Attends trainings and conferences as needed or required by supervisor.
  • Participates in community education and outreach.
  • Maintains safe practices.
  • Other duties as assigned that pertain to the position.

 COMPETENCIES:

  • Clinical Skills – Using a strength-based approach, builds rapport with clients and family members to support them in improving their mental health and meeting their goals; refers clients to ancillary services, as needed. Client care range shall be 50 – 60%, pro-rated on amount of time designated for client care. Documentation to be completed within 72 hours. Task list not to exceed 5 pending tasks due.
  • Communication skills – Speaks and writes clearly and informatively; listens to others; works to resolve conflicts and maintains confidentiality; able to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, participants, partner agencies and the community.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others with tact; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration; keeps commitments and accepts responsibility for own actions; works with integrity and upholds CALM values.
  • Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities; is a solution seeker; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult situations, with supervisory support as needed; responds promptly to others’ needs; solicits feedback; promptly responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Dependability – Can be relied on to meet schedules and deadlines; must be punctual, responds to management direction in a timely manner; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; displays a strong personal commitment to completing projects.
  • Planning & Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; manages competing priorities; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans and takes responsibility for implementing them.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

 EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • MFT Associate, MSW Associate or Pre-Doctorate student from an accredited university or college required.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
  • Experience working with complex issues facing children and families and knowledge of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model preferred.
  • Experience working in either a private or public school site environment preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 – 2 years related work experience in a behavioral health agency, early childhood or K – 8 client experience helpful.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a passion for CALM’s mission and the ability to convey that passion to others.
  • Strong computer knowledge, using PC, Microsoft Word and Excel, and Outlook.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Public speaking skills and ability to network within the school community.
  • Able to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Able to work in busy environment, under pressure, without compromising accuracy, attention to detail or courtesy to staff and others.
  • Able to prioritize competing responsibilities and meet deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Able to demonstrate sound judgment, initiative and critical thinking.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to make decisions.
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to collaborate with others.
  • Must have respect for confidentiality; ability to work with discretion and integrity.
  • Must have valid CA drivers’ license, clean DMV, reliable transportation, and criminal record clearance from DOJ.
  • Ability to interact with all ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
  • Must be able to provide proof of Measles vaccination of a Titer showing immunity, Pertussis vaccination in the last 10 years, and TB test within the last 4 years.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

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 occasionally required to:

  • Stand, walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Drive from one location to another
  • Lift and /or move up to 25 lbs.

HOURS of EMPLOYMENT:

A work schedule will be established in consultation with the supervisor, evening and weekend hours may apply. The normal work week is Monday – Friday. Normal hours of work will be established between the hours of 8:30am and 8:00pm.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary is DOE. Benefits include sick leave and a 403(b) matching retirement program. Position of 30 hours per week or more are eligible for full benefits, including vacation, sick time, holidays, medical/dental/vision.

Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@calm4kids.org Please list the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

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