KIPP Northern California Public Schools is seeking an experienced Mental Health Clinician to support students receiving Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) in a counseling-enriched setting on a public school campus. Students may be receiving Level III ERMHS, which includes daily intensive therapeutic services, as well as Level II ERMHS, which is typically weekly individual counseling. The Mental Health Clinician will work closely with the school team to meet the needs of students whose emotional regulation challenges impede their participation in the general education setting. The ideal candidate cares deeply about children and adolescents, especially those who have experienced a significant trauma in their lives.
Reporting to the school leader & receiving coaching from the clinical supervisor, the Mental Health Clinician will provide psychotherapeutic interventions, behavioral supports, and mental health treatment services including counseling, consultation, treatment and case management for students receiving ERMHS.
- At least one year of experience (2+ years preferred) providing mental health services in school-based settings.
- Experience in an intensive therapeutic setting (e.g. counseling-enriched, non-public school, residential) strongly preferred.
- Master’s Degree (or higher) in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.
- Clinical licensure in the State of California (MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Licensed Psychologist) as dictated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or the Board of Psychology. Applicants MUST have at minimum an associate-level registration with the BBS that is current and in good standing.
- Familiarity with special education, IEP team participation, and educationally related mental health services and the delivery of such services, highly preferred.
- Strong commitment to the philosophy, goals, and mission of KIPP Northern California Public Schools and to providing community-based, culturally responsive, and client-centered mental health treatment and
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Northern California Public Schools’ mission and values, including KIPP NorCal’s commitment to anti-racism
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
- Provide daily or weekly individual counseling, group counseling, and parent counseling/support per students IEPs
- Work collaboratively with the student’s multidisciplinary treatment team to develop daily programming and interventions that will meet each client’s educational, mental health and behavioral needs.
- Create and implement therapeutic interventions and behavior support plans for the purposes of fostering better mental health and positive learning environments for students.
- Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students as needed.
- Assess and evaluate students in conjunction with other staff at regular intervals via direct observations, interviews, and other data collection methods.
- Participate as a member of the individualized education program (IEP) team.
- Determine IEP goals and services for students qualifying for ERMHS and monitor student progress toward IEP goal attainment using Special Education Information System (SEIS).
- Provide case management services as well as makes necessary referrals to community agencies to support continued treatment and discharge planning.
- Develop and maintain appropriate administrative and treatment records related to client care in accordance with standards and policies specified by KIPP Northern California Public Schools.
- Provide all services in a culturally appropriate manner and with consideration of the impact of traumatic life experiences.
- Practice professional renewal through a variety of means such as attending conferences, workshops, and seminars and through participation in professional growth opportunities provided by KIPP Northern California Public Schools. It may be required to travel throughout the region approximately once per month to attend conferences, workshops, or clinical supervision/development activities.
- Consistent & on time attendance during school work hours.
- Other duties as assigned.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands
Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs.
Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.
Office and/or classroom environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Occasional classroom/school environment and travel. In emergency context (e.g., pandemic) work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant.
Full-time, exempt position
This is a school year calendar position, following the school year vacation calendar & leave policy.
About KIPP Public Schools Northern California
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.
We are dedicated to you and your family’s well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.