H.S. School-based Therapist
Description The School-based Therapist provides services to students in grades 9-12 at Grand County High School in Moab, Utah. The School-based Therapist is responsible for providing direct mental health services in a timely manner to high school age students experiencing behavioral and/or mental health difficulties. The therapist may also provide consultation services to school staff to support the overall mental health goals of the schools. The therapist must have a high degree of self-motivation and initiation.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Provide direct mental health services including intake assessment, individual/family/group therapy, and crisis intervention to assigned clients. • Maintain regular contact with the parent/guardian of each client (if appropriate). • Complete treatment plans, treatment plan updates, progress notes. • Furnishes reports/updates to Juvenile Court, DCFS, school principals, school guidance counselors, teachers, treatment teams, and other involved agencies. • Attends regularly scheduled school staff meetings and clinical supervision meetings. • Provides consultation for school staff regarding mental health issues, as needed/requested by staff/administrators. • Provides complete and timely documentation to support services rendered. • Must consistently demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain good public relations with families, referral agencies and other community resources through appropriate organizational, written, and verbal skills. • Willingness to engage and grow in cultural competency. • Attends trainings/conferences with a neurobiology approach to treatment to improve therapeutic skills. (Position includes a generous CE stipend.) • Must have excellent attendance.
During times of state or district emergency, all employees may be required to perform additional duties that are not required on a normal basis in support of educational and operational priorities. e.g. Performs general cleaning and sanitizing of work areas, provides remote assistance to students and staff, and any other reasonable duty as needed.
NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Other duties as assigned. • This description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an employee assigned to this position. • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. • The requirements listed below are representative of the education, knowledge and experience requirements; the machines, tools and equipment used; background; and any licenses or certifications required. • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS • Incumbent must be fingerprinted and clear a criminal backgrounds check. • Must possess a strong knowledge of the common diagnoses and neuroscience based treatments for children ages 14-18 and possess the skills necessary to facilitate positive change in the school environment. • Must possess an understanding of how trauma affects brain development and have trauma informed treatment skills. • Requires a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Social Work, Psychology or related field. • Requires a valid Professional Educator License for the State of Utah within the relevant “License Area of Concentration” to provide mental health services. • Experienced and comfortable working therapeutically with children ages 14-18. • Preference given to applicants with specific trauma treatment training such as neurofeedback/ neuromodulation, EMDR, somatic experiencing, IFS. • Requires strong oral and written communication skills with students, parents, and staff. • Requires computer and educational technological skills. • Requires effective problem solving, organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills. • Requires the ability to implement effective strategies. • Requires the ability to establish and maintain a positive environment. • Requires the ability to calmly handle crisis issues. • Requires the ability to maintain confidentiality. • Requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with pupils, parents, school staff, district staff, and patrons. • Requires the ability to work as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently with little direct supervision. • Knowledge of Board of Education adopted policies and guidelines.
NOTE: The Administration reserves the right to require specific training for this position. However, depending upon the type and quality of prior work experience and availability of formal training programs, some exchanges can be made between training and experience.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS---Not limited to the following: • While performing the duties of this job, the therapist is regularly required to speak and/or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel and must occasionally climb or balance. • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. • Physical ability to perform the essential functions listed above with or without reasonable accommodation. • Requires the ability to lift a minimum of ten (10) pounds. • Possess the physical, mental, and emotional stability to work under stressful conditions, including but not limited to: deadlines, contract requirements, inspection requirements, and interaction with critical personnel.
Note: This list of essential and marginal functions and of physical requirements is not exhaustive and may be supplemented in accordance with the requirements of the job.
All employees are required to participate in the District evaluation process. It is the employee’s responsibility to review and adhere to all district policies and procedures. This information may be reviewed at www.grandschools.org
Grand County School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or disability. Benefits Full time position with benefits including health insurance.