School Based Mental Health Therapist

Time Organization
Job LocationUS
Job TagEarly Career


Location: Howard County, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Anne Arundel County, MD

The School-based Therapist will be responsible for providing services related to the delivery of mental health care to assigned clients at the designated school location and will provide consultation services to the school staff to support the overall mental health goals of the school. School based therapists promote family engagement and provide family sessions to assist with the overall treatment needs and progress of the student.


  • Maintain 20-30 billable service units per week.
  • Complete documentation in the EMR within 24 hours of completed sessions.
  • Complete treatment plan developments before the 5th session and ensure signatures by all members of the clients’ treatment team.
  • Collaborate with school personnel to screen appropriate students in need of services.
  • Have a minimum of once monthly family therapy sessions with client present.
  • Coordinate referrals for additional levels of service as needed and requested by the family.
  • Address any and all clinical concerns with direct supervisor.
  • Participate in weekly supervision.
  • Maintain clients and caseload over school breaks by providing community-based services.
  • Collaborate with service providers to ensure all areas of clients’ treatment needs are being addressed.
  • Utilize evidence based therapeutic framework, counsel clients and clients, individually and group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life and making changes.
  • Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems using evidence-based modalities.
  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
  • Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in client’s status.
  • Learn about new developments in their field by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars, establishing and maintaining contact with other social service agencies.
  • Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with and supporting clients.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to client’s treatment.
  • Intake for and completion of psychosocial histories on all new admissions.
  • Obtaining authorization as needed and completion of treatment plans when due.
  • Supports clinical issues and makes corrections and recommendations.
  • Provide individual, family and group therapy.
  • Collaboration with outside agencies in order to arrange for community services beneficial to clients. And to provide ongoing collaboration between the treatment team and case workers.
  • Have input into and assist care planning for clients. This includes completion of paperwork prior to discharge, addressing aftercare needs and placement plans.
  • Ensure treatment arrangements and document all contact with other agencies and for all sessions with clients.
  • Document client and client family’s responsibility to individual and/or family therapy in the client’s chart on a routine basis.
  • Document all arrangements made for care planning in the medical record, including completion of Aftercare Plan.
  • Attend and contribute to treatment planning sessions. Completion of treatment plans for assigned clients for both insurance and COMAR regulations.
  • Responsible for supervisor signing off on chart documentation accordingly.
  • Complete initial assessments on or before the fifth visit.
  • Responsible for chart overflow and breakdown. Order and respond to monthly audit forms within 10 days of receipt.
  • Conduct evaluation/mental health assessment under the supervision of appropriate credentialed staff and provide follow up services as defined.


  • A Master’s degree in social work, psychology.
  • Licensed and certified to provide therapeutic treatment in the State of Maryland.
  • Minimum (1) one year experience in a therapeutic environment.

Skills and Competencies:


The demonstrated ability to take responsibility and ownership for the outcomes of all actions and decisions with particular emphasis on customer satisfaction and fiscal performance. Accountability is demonstrated by effective and efficient management of all human, fiscal and material sources.

Commitment to Change

The demonstrated ability to implement and support effective change in order to enhance organizational performance. It is demonstrated through continuously identifying and acting on opportunities to create high quality, cost-effective processes and services which ensure a premier health care system.


The demonstrated ability to present ideas and information in a timely, concise, effective and interpersonally appropriate manner through both written and oral forms. This competency is further demonstrated by the ability to receive and effectively process information through appropriate listening skills.

Continuous Self-Improvement

The demonstrated ability to model continuous professional and self-development, resulting in the enhanced performance of the organization.

Customer Relations

The demonstrated ability to develop and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with both internal and external customers. Customer relations behavior is demonstrated by the continually striving to meet or exceed customer expectations, enhancing trust and respect for others.


The demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and networks with both internal and external customers. Teamwork is characterized by working toward a shared purposed or goals or through cooperating, collaborating and partnering with others.

Ethical Conduct

The demonstrated ability to reflect and model the vision, mission, values and corporate compliance plan. Special emphasis in this competency will be placed on confidentiality and compliance with organization policy and procedures.

Problem Solving/Decision Making

The demonstrated ability to identify issues and opportunities, effectively analyze information and its implications and make appropriate, timely decisions based on such analysis.

Community Relations

Demonstrated ability to model community involvement, positively impact community relations and realize effective community outreach in order to continuously enhance the perception of the agency.

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