School Based Therapist

Kitsap Mental Health Services is looking for two school-based therapists. One will be embedded in the local school district, and the other position available is part of our day treatment program on our main campus.

General Summary of Duties: The School-Based Therapist provides ongoing behavioral and therapeutic support for children enrolled in the program.

Major Responsibilities/Tasks :
  • Meet with referred students to assess needs and make appropriate referrals as needed, including but not limited to: primary care doctor, outpatient mental health counseling, wraparound intensive services, and substance abuse treatment;
  • Provide brief intervention, crisis intervention, and trauma support as necessary;
  • Provide in-school voluntary family, individual, and group counseling as indicated depending on needs of the student. The counseling techniques will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and builds emotional regulations skills in children and Motivational Interviewing; and
  • Collaborate with school district personnel to implement plans to support students.
  • Therapist will also be available to provide any of the below additional services.
  • Participate in interventions as necessary to encourage students to follow the School expectations. Identify issues which impede the students successful social and emotional behavior and assist in creating plans that address these issues;
      • Provide immediate, therapeutic crisis interventions as necessary;
      • Provide one-to-one interventions for students as necessary.
      • Partner with the families of students enrolled in the program as necessary. Help families learn skills to assist the student outside of school, build a stronger relationship with the school system, and access appropriate resources for their student. This may include conducting family meetings, providing outreach to family homes, coordinating with other systems, or helping connect the family with additional resources or services.
      • As needed, organize and implement social skills and therapeutic groups with the students enrolled in the program.
      • Provide guidance/coaching to school faculty as requested. This may include classroom observations, faculty presentations and participation in family staffing or multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established policies and procedures.
  • As needed, support the ongoing operations of the program. This may include purchasing and organizing supplies for a student store, stocking and operating the programs kitchen, or organizing additional school activities such as breaks, physical education, or field trips.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.

KMHS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against people regardless of age, genetic information, national origin, race/color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, or veteran status. KMHS envisions an anti-racist, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative community in which all can feel welcome.

  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • Up to 19 days of PTO and 8 paid holidays your first year (pro-rated for part-time)
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative
  • Loan Forgiveness, training, and extensive education available
  • Multiple locations and opportunities close to home
  • Advancement opportunities available within the agency
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking
  • Full Time, Part Time and PRN positions along with flexible hours for professional advancement


Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Masters Degree in Psychology, social services, or behavioral health field.

EXPERIENCE: Experienced (minimum 2 years of job-related experience)

Experience working with children within the structure of an intensive, milieu based program.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION: Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration.

Child Mental Health Specialist qualifications required.

Per the RCW 28A.400.303, employees of contractors with school districts that have regularly scheduled unsupervised access to children are required to go through FBI fingerprinting.

Food Handlers Permit is required for Madrona, preferred for Sequoia Program and Restorative School.

Preferred Qualifications:

EXPERIENCE: Intermediate (minimum 3 years of job-related experience)

Experience working with Special Education population strongly preferred.

Educational or classroom management experience preferred.

The capacity to work well with children and families.

Performance Requirements:

  1. Awareness of or working knowledge of Cognitive/Behavioral therapy, Rational/Emotive therapy, behavioral modification, applied behavior analysis, and development theory strongly preferred.

  1. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, clients, organizations, and the public.
  2. Communication Communicates clearly and concisely.
  3. Computer skills Ability to operate a personal computer, fax machine, printer, and copier proficiently.