School Based Mental Health Therapist

Job Details



Position Type

Full Time

Education Level

Graduate Degree

Salary Range

$57,000.00 - $69,000.00 Salary/year

Job Shift


Job Category

Health Care

Job Details

Mary's Center is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our organization and the communities we serve.  We embrace diversity of experiences, ideas, and individuals, and seek to bring diverse candidates to the table.

Important Note: Mary's Center is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all staff, except for those that demonstrate an approved medical or religious exception.

The School-Based Mental Health Therapist/Supervisor is responsible for the coordination of service delivery to clients with mental health concerns and in providing the following core services primarily (but not limited to) the school setting: diagnostic and assessment, counseling and psychotherapy, community support, mental health prevention, awareness, and intervention. This may include providing support and training to teachers, administrators, and parents; raising awareness of mental health issues on a broader level to de-stigmatize mental health issues, provide support for student Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and Behavioral Intervention Plan's (BIP).  Candidates for this role who bring a wealth of experience connecting with communities of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Note: We are seeking two bilingual clinicians in DC schools that have not been identified yet.  


The Mental Health Therapist will report directly to the BH Clinical Supervisor under the Director of Mental Health/Vice President for Programs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 


  • Complete a diagnostic and assessment on all clients referred (including DSM diagnosis) gathering information from a referral source, client chart and other pertinent sources, including family members and past providers of care

  • Provide individual, group, and family therapy to assist clients in their insight development and individual service system plan goals achievement

  • Maintain a caseload to complete at least 22-25 billable, face to face client encounters weekly.

  • Maintain ongoing contact with families and significant others to include child/youth's social worker to update them to the clients' progress in treatment

  • Apply crisis management skills when necessary to stabilize the clients in the program

  • Conduct workshops and presentations for teachers and parents of early warning signs of mental health disorders

  • Implement curriculums for students on stress management, suicide prevention, substance abuse or other concerns deemed pertinent to the need of assigned school site.

  • Provide consultations for teachers to give guidance and feedback on classroom management for students with mental health disorders

  • Conducting universal screenings to promote early identification of mental health issues

  • Participate in the school support team and other entities to promote the socio-emotional and academic wellness of students

  • Complete Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) and Crisis Plans when necessary with client and relevant service providers as well as reviewing the IRP every 6 months

  • Complete Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) every three  months, as well as other pertinent screening tools and assessments, deemed important for diagnosis and treatment

  • Document all contacts, referrals and other necessary information

  • Contact the family within 72 hours of receipt of referral for one of the core services

  • Accept cultural diversity and integrate the family's values and culture into initial conversations

  • Explain the worker's role, responsibilities and client's rights, including confidentiality and mandated reporting

  • Maintain client records that are accurate, comprehensive and adhere to documentation policies

  • Complete billing and documentation requirements on a timely basis, preferably within 48 hours

  • Meet billing expectations that are determined on a yearly basis

  • Provide clinical supervision to licensed graduate social workers, interns and others, as needed

  • Understand and apply state and federal confidentiality regulations with regard to clients' records and correspondence

  • Maintain monthly statistics and provide reports as needed to Manager/Program Director

  • Participate in and help facilitate case reviews on clients

  • Participate in and help facilitate treatment team meetings

  • Participate in organization-wide and division-wide meetings and committees, departmental meetings and other meetings/conferences as assigned. 

  • Identify and participate in other training or committees that can further professional growth

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of School-Based Mental Health


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience - Requires a Masters Degree in Social Work and an active license at the Licensed Graduate Level or Licensed Clinical Level in Washington, DC.  An individual licensed as an LPC  in the District of Columbia is also eligible. 

Working knowledge of Windows and Word; knowledge of patient confidentiality issues and HIPAA compliance/regulation are essential.  Valid Driver's License needed.  

Language - Due to the population served in this role, bilingualism in English and Spanish is required.

Physical Demands - Regularly required to sit; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  

Work Environment - Mostly in a typical office and/or home setting with a quiet to moderate noise level.  May be exposed to extreme cold, heat, and humidity due to outside weather conditions. 

Mary's Center
Washington, DC 20001, US