JobID 618 : Mental Health Support Therapist (#1961876)
Position: MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT THERAPIST
Reports to: Director of Student Services
Work Days: 190 days
Primary responsibilities for the Mental Health Support Specialist is to provide individualized support to students and families in the areas of behavioral and mental health and character development in relationship to education. The Mental Health Support Specialist will work with school staff and community partners to organize and systematically deliver appropriate mental health consultations, services, and referrals. The Mental Health Support Specialist will provide crisis interventions that results in increased student attendance, improved behavior and reduced discipline referrals in assigned schools. The Mental Health Support Specialist will additionally provide individual and group counseling sessions during in school and after school hours around coping, anger management, substance abuse issues, grief and loss, and trauma. The Mental Health Support Specialist will coordinate with local agencies in utilizing self-improvement methods and practices, and in such areas, including child abuse and neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, gang activities, domestic violence, defiant behavior, family divorce and separation, adoption, suicidal issues and other related family crisis issues.
- Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Studies, Psychology or equivalent, required
- Licensed Independent Social Worker or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor required
- Minimum of five years successful experience
- Exceptional knowledge in the use of assessment and assessment data to inform practice and prescribe service plans for individual students
- Exceptional knowledge in the use of technology
- Trained in nonviolent crisis intervention preferred
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
- Offer individualized assistance and support with minimum supervision, assessing students’ needs and identifying and reducing barriers through case management principles
- Provide assessment, evaluation, service planning and timely indication on subsequent documentation of clients and/or situations
- Coordinate, participate and provide assistance within the continued development of crisis intervention and outreach services as identified by the individual need of students and/or situations, upon assessment
- Intra-organization program collaboration to develop content, identify needs and facilitate group workshops on topics such as emotional development, family relations, stress management and depression and other special topics related to marriage, families and work/life balance
- Assist staff by researching and/or developing appropriate screening tools
- Participate in any/all required trainings related to programs, services and/or subject matter
- Participate in local Mental Health associations and groups to inform program development and tailor services
- Ensure all Mental Health resources are updated and accessible to program staff
- Foster relationships with service providers in the community and maintain a centralized resource list in order to provide information and referrals to staff and clients
- Facilitate external referrals to access services by making initial contact on behalf of staff or clients and ensuring follow-up to program information and/or access to resources, as needed
- Meet regularly with school-based teams to discuss student strengths, needs, and programmatic development and provide recommendations to programs for best practices
- Maintain a paper file and electronic records, documenting all interactions and referrals and entering data according to program guidelines
- Act as a subject matter expert and advisory resource to program staff
- Conduct conflict resolution and peer mediation sessions.
- Participate in building level MTSS team and/or grade level meetings, as appropriate.
- Consult with School Social Worker, School Counselor, Content Specialist and Teachers.
- Attend professional development opportunities to maintain high level of skill and knowledge of current job related research and practices
- Serve as a consultant to administrators, teachers, and parents.
- Organize and schedule time commitments to meet demands of the job.
- Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures; report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
- Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve District, building, departmental and/or grade level goals.
- Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.
- Track and submit claims for Medicaid billing.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serves as a role model for students in how to conduct themselves as members of the Bedford City Schools.
- Maintains respect at all times for confidential information.
- Makes contact with the public with tact & diplomacy.
- Interacts in a positive manner with staff, students, parents.
- Serves as a liaison among the community. School district, volunteers, parent groups, businesses, Board of Education and other educational entities.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or designee.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Board of Education policies and procedures, applicable sections
- Administrative procedures, applicable sections
- Office practices and procedures
- Word processing software
- Database software
- Correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Communicate effectively in written and oral form
- Interact and respond appropriately to the students, staff and parents
- Classify and organize records
- Maintain confidentiality
- Various office machines
- recording devices
- Copy Machine/Printer
- Copy machine
- Fax machine
- Smartboard, Apple TV, and or other such technology devices
Additional Working Conditions:
- Occasional exposure to blood, bodily fluids and tissue
- Occasional operation of a vehicle in inclement weather conditions, i.e., being prepared to come to school on all scheduled workdays except calamity days
- Occasional interaction among unruly children
- Occasionally lift, carry, push and pull various items up to a maximum of 50 pounds, e.g., classroom materials and supplies
- Frequent requirement to sit, stand, walk, hear, see, read, crouch, kneel and stoop
- Occasional requirement to balance, climb and use color vision
- Occasional requirement to operate school district vehicle
- The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed controlled substance
abusein the workplace throughout his/her employment in the District
This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed by the incumbent. The incumbent will be required to follow the instructions and perform the duties required by the incumbent’s supervisor, appointing authority.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
Adoption date: May 2019