Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

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School Based Licensed Therapist

at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Posted: 6/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: f332b960-8ca4-471c-8ba9-e1772b75c6f5

Job Description

This position is a year round, full time 40 hours per week, therapist position providing outpatient school based mental health therapy to students in schools as well as providing outpatient therapy in our Appleton clinic.  Come work with a supportive team of therapists in our School Based Mental Health and Appleton Clinic programs.  Clinical supervision is provided.  Benefits including insurance, holiday pay, personal time, sick time, and vacation are available.   

The School Based Therapist performs clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. The School Based Therapist works closely with the client and family, if applicable, to develop an appropriate treatment plan designed to move the client toward the desired change. The School Based Therapist works collaboratively with school personnel and a peer supervision team, with oversight from the Clinical Supervisors, to monitor the course of treatment. The School Based Therapist reports to the Program Supervisor or Manager. This role will provide services for an assigned school district(s) and days worked will typically follow the specific school(s) schedule (i.e.: August through June). Specifics of the work, including days off, will be outlined in an annual agreement.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.
• Provide mental health services in partnering school districts
• Work within the school(s) they are assigned to provide mental health services to students identified as having barriers to treatment.
• Collaborate with school staff to assess student and service needs.
• May provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy services to school aged clients and parents/guardians in a school setting.
• Conduct formal assessment of client needs using clinical interview, objective diagnostic tools, and input from collateral contacts.
• Develop treatment plans collaboratively with clients and provide agreed upon and necessary therapeutic services in keeping with strength-based, evidence-based best practice standards.
• Maintain detailed clinical records and make recommendations concerning case disposition.
• Complete agency-required and billing-related phone calls, email, and paperwork work in a professional and timely manner.
• Adhere to high ethical, professional, and legal standards such as WI State Statutes, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and National Association of Social Workers.
• Actively participate in clinical supervision meetings as required to meet best practice and licensure standards.
• Attend staff meetings and participate in training and quality improvement activities as required.
• Meets on a regular basis with school personnel as requested or needed by school or as directed by Program Manager, Supervisor or Coordinator.
• Work a flexible weekly schedule meets the needs of the clients and/or school. School Based Therapist work directly with Program Coordinator, Program Supervisor or Manager to set expectations for scheduling clients.
• May serve as a representative of the agency to interested individuals, professionals, and community groups.
• May administer specialized programs within a community or the agency.
• May participate in program, business unit, or agency marketing efforts.
• May participate in speaking engagements of behalf of program, business unit, or agency.
• Travel to various locations for meetings, trainings, or to perform clinical responsibilities as needed. Travel will vary depending on case load and number of schools assigned.
• Is responsible to continue actively working toward maintaining licensure in assigned field within a determined time period as determined with clinical supervisor. School Based Therapist is responsible for obtaining supervision based on licensure requirements.
• Performs other duties as required


  • LSS paid liability insurance
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Some Continuing Education
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Team Mentoring
  • Paid Time Off
  • Ability to Contribute to 403B
  • Employee Assistance Program

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Masters degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related program is required. Minimum of 3000 clinical hours is required. Practicum experience, through your degree program, related to services LSS provides is required. In addition:
• Knowledge of state regulations pertaining to clinical practice, including dual relationships and mandatory reporting.
• Knowledge of behavioral health diagnosis and evidence-based treatments.
• Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral health conditions.
• Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental health and behavioral conditions.
• Ability to respond to brief patient contacts, including via telephone and teleconferencing.
• Ability to design effective psycho-education and group curricula and lead effective classes and groups.
• Ability to train and teach effective behavioral health interventions to others.
• Ability to work effectively in a team, interfacing with clients, primary care providers, collaterals, and colleagues, as well as administrative and support staff.
• Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations, making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
• Ability to effectively represent company interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among colleagues, public, private, and professional groups.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
• High level of comfort in working within a school setting using a consultative style.

• Must have a current state licensure by WI Department of Safety and Professional Services in the Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related program. Some positions may require Substance Abuse Certification or Specialty as well.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
TRAVEL: Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 50%, depending on program needs.

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.