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School Based Therapist - OESD Team 

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 9/7/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Elementary School within Kitsap County  

The School Based Therapist promotes and enhances the overall academic mission by providing services that strengthen home/schools/community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. The School Based Therapist significantly contributes to the development of a healthy, safe and caring environment by advancing the understanding of the emotional and social development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences on student success and by implementing effective intervention strategies.


  • Use knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal influences of home, school, and community to intervene for student success via crisis intervention, home visits, conflict resolution, individual and group counseling, consultation to school personnel, and coordination of school and community services.
  • Conduct mental health assessments to effectively and appropriately assess and address the needs, characteristics and interactions of students, families, school personnel and community. Use assessment results to identify needs that impact student learning and develop therapeutic goals consistent with curriculum: students' needs, strengths, diversity and life experiences; and social and emotional factors.
  • Develop individual behavior plans for each child with staff, clinical supervisor, and school personnel, when appropriate. Each plan will include goals, objectives and interventions.
  • Provide direct observation of children within the classroom. Participate in 1:1 interventions as necessary in order to encourage the children's compliance with classroom expectations. Assist school personnel and family to identify issues which impede the child's successful social and emotional behavior and create a treatment plan that addresses these issues.
  • Promote services to students and their families within the context of multicultural understanding and competence that enhance families' support of students learning experiences.
  • Provide in school individual therapy using cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to help improve of children's overall functioning and ability to access education. Provide family therapy as appropriate.
  • Assist students and their families to gain access to formal and informal community resources.
  • Consult on such issues as attendance, confidentiality, ethnicity and diversity, mental health, substance use, behavior management, discipline, crisis intervention and child abuse and neglect.
  • Plan, implement, and facilitate therapeutic groups or social skills classes with students on a regular basis, when appropriate.
  • Ensure all paperwork is completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

Master’s degree in counseling/psychology or related field required; two years of experience working with children and families preferred; and Child Mental Health Specialist and licensure preferred. Experience and knowledgeable in working with children with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues ages K-6 preferred; and experience in working with schools, mental health and other social services preferred. Prefer experience in individual and group therapy. Requires valid WA State Driver’s License in good standing, and reliable, insured transportation.

Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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