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School Program Therapist/Behavior Interventionist (10hrs/wk) 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 9/13/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  

(For MA Level)

Assists with development and implementation of one-on-one and small group intensive behavioral interventions. Creates and facilitates lessons around emotional, behavioral, and physical health. Uses clinical skill to provide one-on-one therapy to students as needed. Under the guidance of the teacher, will provide academic instruction as needed to students in a school, home, or other setting. Monitors schedules, staffing, and documentation of regular scheduled and on-call work activity. Provides one-on-one therapy to students transitioning back into their district school. This includes outreach to schools and possibly homes of students as well as working knowledge of evidenced based practices relevant to providing one-on-one therapy interventions.


  • Provides support to therapists and specialists by implementing visual, behavioral, social, and or communications strategies that enhance student performance and behavior. Administers screening tools for assessment/diagnosis and to reinforce learning.
  • Works on an in-depth basis with individual students' exceptional needs to implement intensive behavioral therapy and academic direction, one-on-one or in small groups, for core academic subjects.
  • Provides academic direction to individual students in remedial and individualized academic and vocational subjects to support teachers' lessons. Assembles developmentally appropriate instructional aids and exercises to support the therapy and subject matter being taught. Develops and implements clinical and educational groups that support the mission of the program.
  • Independently develops and teaches lessons to the class around behavioral, mental, and physical health.
  • In conjuncture with other program staff, assesses student needs and develops a treatment intervention plan. Is responsible for maintaining and updating this support plan on a routine basis.
  • Participates in consultations with parents and staff on behavior intervention therapy for students on school sites and in home programs. Attends and co-facilitates Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings as necessary to understand and support the connection between educational goals and therapy interventions.
  • Provides input to therapists, specialists, and teachers on student performance, progress, and behavior.
  • Prepares schedules for coverage in classrooms and other learning environments. Notifies on-call teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals. Assembles instructional/therapeutic materials and offers orientation, training, and coaching to on-call staff. Coordinates or sets up schedules for on-call staff.
  • Develops and uses behavior intervention plans including incentives as positive reinforcement, in conjuncture with therapist, teacher, and other program staff. Exercises constant supervision of children.
  • May monitor classroom environments and continue with interventions and lesson plans when a therapist or teacher is absent. Observes, monitors, and redirects the behavior of students within approved procedures. Reinforces behavior modification techniques determined by the teacher and therapist.
  • Documents student academic and behavior progress and performance to support teachers and therapists using the individualized education plan as a guide. Records information in formats that support further evaluations. Ensures all paperwork is completed in a timely and accurate manner. Assures privacy of student information.
  • Assists teachers, therapists, and special program staff with preparation and presentation of in service training sessions. Assist in organizing meetings, participate in meetings to share information about the individualized behavior intervention programs.
  • Responds to and provides immediate, therapeutic interventions. Uses evidence based practice to apply a variety of interventions to reinforce behavior change.
  • Schedules, facilitates, and accompanies clients on community outings and other activities connected with or supporting cognitive progress. Assures safety of clients following health and safety rules. Some driving between locations and transporting clients may be required during the work day on an as-needed basis.
  • When working with severely disabled clients, may be required to assist students with certain medical and hygiene functions.
  • Utilizes Evidence Based Practice to provide relevant one-on-one therapy to students transitioning out of MDT.
  • Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

(For BA Level)

Provide on-going supervision of and therapeutic support for consumers enrolled in the Day Treatment Program. To provide assistance in the implementation of the milieu program, including providing emotional support and remedial, individual, and group academic support to students with mild to severe behavioral problems, including students who may be physically and verbally aggressive, enrolled in the Day Treatment program. To participate as a milieu treatment team member.


  • Assist other program staff in providing a positive, structured, and therapeutic milieu in which the emotional, developmental, and educational needs of the students can be met. Work closely with other team members to maintain an aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic environment.
  • Provide direct observation of students within the milieu. Participate in 1:1 intervention in order to encourage the student's compliance with program expectations, and to identify and process barriers to successful completion of program expectations. Assist students in dealing with conflict, expressing themselves in appropriate ways, and improving their behavior.
  • Provide immediate, therapeutic crisis interventions as necessary.
  • Assume responsibility for planning and supervising weekly recreation/PE activities.
  • Work with the team to implement behavioral programs and intervention plans. Provide input into daily and weekly student summaries and level rating forms.
  • Design, implement, and teach school related activities, lessons, or groups as needed.
  • Assume responsibility for the breakfast and lunch program; ensuring preparation of daily lunches for consumers, purchasing and maintaining an appropriate supply of foods and supplies necessary to support the breakfast and lunch program, and ensuring that the kitchen and dining area are kept in a state of cleanliness consistent with Department of Health guidelines.
  • Ensure that all paperwork is completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of positive, collaborative relationships with KMHS programs, school district personnel, and other public or private agencies, in order to provide an essential level of care for consumers, and to further and enhance the overall mission and goals of the agency.
  • Drive agency vehicles to transport students as needed, including a 15 passenger van.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

For MA Level:

The position requires a Master’s degree in early childhood development, psychology, education, or equivalent discipline. Possess and maintain valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation. May require a valid first aid card. 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.

For BA Level:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, counseling, psychology, or other related field. Experience working with adolescents within the structure of an intensive, milieu based program. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Awareness of or working knowledge of Cognitive/Behavioral therapy, Rational/Emotive therapy, behavioral modification, and development theory strongly preferred. Experience working with Special Education population strongly preferred. Educational or classroom management experience preferred. Possess and maintain valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation. Current Food Handler’s Permit required within first month of hire. Ability to obtain an Agency Affiliated License. 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.

Salary DOE  
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