Mental Health Therapist

Blaine County School District No. 61 South Central / Twin Falls Pupil Personnel Not Applicable Full Time Posted 3M ago

About this job

TITLE: Mental Health Therapist
PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule
FLSA: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Director of Student Services
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Days as designated per Negotiated Contract. Works on-site according to Supervisor's designated schedule

To provide a full range of mental health and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and counseling services to students grades K-12, with a focus on grades 6 to 12. These services include, but are not limited to, screening, case management, counseling and therapy sessions, assessment, and collaboration with various education teams as well as compilation and dissemination of data, and will participate in parent meetings and/or workshops when appropriate. Assist administration with the development of appropriate programming, monitoring, and evaluation on an on-going basis related to substance abuse and other mental health issues. Oversee and monitor referral process within the schools and collaborate with other professionals within the school and community related to substance abuse, addiction, and mental health issues. The Mental Health Therapist will provide support to teams working on drug prevention education for Elementary and Secondary schools. They may also assist with implementation.

Possess a Master degree or higher with major coursework in social work, psychology, counseling or closely related field and internships in clinical program. Hold a valid Idaho Pupil Personnel Services Certificate endorsed School Social Worker K/12. Licensed in the State of Idaho (by the appropriate state board) to provide mental health services, such as LCSW or LCPC. Valid driver's license and reliable transportation required. Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor Certification and/or demonstrated competency in the area of substance abuse preferred. Spanish Language proficiency or bilingualism preferred.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list of essential duties is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)
Schedules and conducts screenings of referred students.
Interprets drug and alcohol screenings
Facilitates the development of treatment plans for students with ongoing needs or repeat substance abuse offenders.
Writes evaluation summaries and completes required program paperwork.
Maintains the confidentiality of student records and information.
Provides complete and timely documentation to support services rendered.
Working with other teams specific to mental health supports or individual student plans, facilitates the development, implementation, and refinements of programs for students with various unique and diverse learning needs as related to substance abuse and/or mental health concerns.
Participates as a team member on various educational teams and effectively coordinates duties with team members.
Provides direct and individualized mental health services and/or substance abuse services including individual and group counseling, consultation, treatment coordination, individual/group therapy, and case management.
Conducts follow up visits and screeners.
Collaborates and maintains regular contact with classroom teachers and other school staff members, when appropriate, to implement therapy by making suggestions for the student's daily activities.
Makes appropriate referrals for student psychological and psychosocial needs to appropriate school and community agencies prior to the termination of treatment.
Provides counseling information and support to parents and families including weekly Family/Parent communication for students receiving services through the (substance abuse intervention) program.
Maintains regular contact with the parent/guardian of students provided individualized services.
Frequently travels between schools in Blaine County to support streamlining of mental health services, provide mental health supports and facilitate drug education.
Participates in building and district committee meetings as requested.
Consults with other service providers (with appropriate permissions) that are also serving the same students.
Grant writing as appropriate
Leads the district's Crisis Response Team in face of school wide or individual school crises.

Knowledge of school drug abuse prevention practices, educational strategies and interventions, child development, substance abuse, tests and measurement, and crisis management, and commitment to continuing education in this evolving field. Knowledge of educational curriculum, instructional goals and objectives, and educational trends and research findings pertaining to comprehensive K-12 drug programming. Knowledge of Idaho laws and regulations for mental health services. Knowledge of academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of K-12 level students. Considerable knowledge of the techniques and principles of family systems theory; crisis therapy intervention; individual, family, and group therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; common diagnoses and treatments for school- aged children; psychotherapy; interviewing techniques. Knowledge of behavior management, behavior shaping, and conflict resolution strategies, techniques and methods. Knowledge of evidence-proven programs for substance abuse and/or mental health intervention and prevention. Knowledge of interest and motivation to learn about socio-economic and cultural background differences within the school population and increase diversity, equity and inclusive support, treatment, teachings, and therapies into this position. Ability to synthesize and interpret clinical, educational, diagnostic and assessment data. Ability to apply assessment, counseling, interviewing, and crisis intervention skills to various situations. Ability to work cooperatively and effectively communicate in one-on-one and small group situations with interdisciplinary team members, parents, students, and other employees of the district. Ability to perform duties in accordance with Board of Education policies and procedures and State laws and guidelines. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to read and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information to, regularly interact with, and respond to questions from staff, students, parents, and the public. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with staff, students, families/parents, community providers, the public, and others. Ability to network with community resources throughout Blaine County. Ability to demonstrate effective judgment and problem-solving; strong communication skills; make both collaborative and independent decisions; work both in teams and autonomously; organize tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple tasks; direct and instruct others; maintain confidentiality; respond appropriately to evaluation and changes in the work setting; operate computers, various programs, internet, and email.

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 35% sitting, 30% walking, and 35% standing. While most duties are performed indoors, the employee may be required to perform duties outdoors in various types of weather, including inclement weather with temperatures at or below freezing for extended periods of time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. The employee frequently interacts with students and staff.

Education required

Master's Degree


$57,084 - $75,204

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