School-Based Mental Health Therapist

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Story City, IA - Roland Story Schools

The general focus of this position is to provide educational support, care coordination, individual and family therapy, and crisis intervention in order to restore linkages with the students, family, school and community. The primary goal of this position is to improve student behaviors, reduce truancy and/or attendance, decrease tardiness, and improve academic performance.

The School-Based Mental Health Therapist will provide ongoing care coordination, behavioral health consultation, family-centered clinical services along with other various theoretical approaches, and work with referral sources to provide therapy/counseling within the School District and/or building he or she is serving.  Clinical assessment services, including diagnosing mental health and addiction conditions, will be a component of this position.  The School-Based Mental Health Therapist will also provide work direction, training and consultation to school personnel and other community providers.

  • A Master’s Degree and eligibility to obtain a license to practice as a social worker, counselor, or family therapist (LISW, LMHC, and LMFT) is required.
  • Two years of experience in family-centered services is required.
  • Understanding of substance use, addiction, and mental health issues in children and adolescents and the impact on the family system is required.
  • Counseling Services and Documentation
    • Gathers information regarding possible student referrals and initiates contact. Requests may be initiated by sources that include, but are not limited to:  the Building Assistance Team, parents, students, teachers, the Juvenile Court Office, DHS workers, and YSS.                .
    • Maintains a manageable caseload in the school-setting, providing care coordination and behavioral consultation to school district personal in order to connect the students and the families to support services.
    • Submits and keeps current a weekly work schedule of counseling sessions, meetings, and office hours.
    • Provides crisis intervention for families and adolescents in emergency situations.
    • Will conduct assessments and treatment counseling on a small case load in the school setting, which includes appropriate ICD 10 diagnosis and clinical documentation in YSS’s EMR.
    • Conducts and/or participates in school meetings as necessary.
    • Assists the Clinical Director with quality assurance and utilization review policies and procedures for client files.
    • Coordinates with the attendance office secretary regarding student attendance/tardy concerns, tracks these students and sends letters or contacts parents in accordance with school policy.
    • Provides student supervision in cafeteria before school, lunch hours, hallways during passing time and busses after school (when available).
    • Proactively addresses student discipline:
      • Meet with students on a regular basis who have potential to make bad choices.
        • Work to reduce repeat offenders
        • Mentor students on how to deal with frustrating situations
        • Visit classrooms of needy students on a regular basis.
        • Maintain communication system to limit repeat discipline offenders.
        • Enforce discipline procedures that allows due process to student rights
        • Document data in infinite campus when necessary
        • Assist teachers/faculty as needed in the classroom due to behavioral/discipline concerns.
        • Address issues as needed on route busses involving middle school students.
      • Develop relationships and trust with students
        • Implement strategies to build self-esteem for needy students.
        • Meet daily with some students that are having personal/school issues.
    • Provides work direction, training and consultation to school faculty and administration, along with branch team members as assigned by the Services Director.
    • Address other duties as assigned by the school or YSS.
  • Intra-/Interagency Cooperation
    • Covers on-call crisis rotation with other therapists.
    • Serves as a model for the families in demonstrating how to deal with persons in authority; i.e., social agencies, schools, Juvenile Court, etc.
    • Attends staff meetings, training sessions, program meetings and school meetings as needed. Participates in district committees with in the school.
    • Maintains a good working relationship with school faculty, administration and YSS staff members.
    • Provides input on potential program changes/development as part of the school staff and assist with implementation of building policy. In cooperation with the Principal, works with the school on an ongoing basis and reports to them as necessary.  Therapist reports these updates to YSS Clinical Director or designee.
    • Meets for supervision with the Clinical Director or Designee and School Principal and prepares materials to be discussed before supervisory sessions so that maximum benefits can be derived from supervision.
    • Establishes positive relationships and networks with schools, community organizations, DHS, and JCS on a routine basis.
    • Provides presentations to parents during conferences, community and classroom presentations on relevant topics and prepares report and presents to the Ballard School Board members.
For more information, please contact Andrea Dickerson at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine free staff only. EOE