MHRS/Mental Health Support Staff: School Based (Bilingual Preferred – Spanish/English)

EBAC improves the well-being of children, youth and families by reducing the impact of trauma and social inequities and is committed to building a comprehensive, place-based continuum of accessible, trauma-informed and culturally relevant services that build resiliency, aid in recovery and, where possible, prevent exposure to adverse childhood experiences.

 

Our staff seeks to reduce barriers that contribute to disparities in wellness for socio-economically disadvantaged and racially marginalized families and to create communities where all children and families have supports to reach their full potential.

 

A. FUNCTION
The MHRS/Mental Health Support Staff provides individual and group intervention in classroom and school activities for children in several K-5 elementary schools in collaboration with the mental health clinicians on those sites. Working together with OUSD teachers and EBAC therapists, the Mental Health Support Staff plays a critical role in providing daily, therapeutic, culturally responsive and trauma-informed services to children.

 

B. QUALIFICATIONS and COMPETENCY FACTORS
  1. College degree in the field of psychology, counseling psychology, sociology, or social work, and the required number of years experience as listed below relative to the degree:
    • Baccalaureate Degree + 1 year full-time experience in a mental health setting.
    • Associate Degree + 3 years full-time experience in a mental health setting. Two of the three years must be post degree clinical experience.
  2. Previous experience with children highly desirable.
  3. Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team.
  4. Skills in arts, crafts, music, sports, and games highly desirable.
  5. Energetic, positive, and playful highly desirable. 
  6. Bilingual highly desirable.
C. RESPONSIBILITIES (Those with an asterisk are essential duties.)
  1. *Assist children in the management of behaviors impairing their ability to engage in classroom learning (could include disruptive or withdrawn behaviors). Provide support utilizing multiple therapeutic behavior interventions.
  2. *Complete daily documentation on children including therapeutic notes, positive support plans, incident reports.
  3. *Help children manage classroom transitions including to and from recess, lunches and other classroom changes.
  4. *Cooperate with teaching staff while supporting their activities in the classroom.
  5. *Carry out specialized group and individual activities with children.
  6. *Record progress notes and other charting requirements as necessary in a timely manner.
  7. *Participate in staff meetings; trainings; and treatment planning and clinical reviews.
  8. *Consult with Clinical Coordinators, Supervisor, Clinicians, and classroom staff on individual children’s progress.
  9. *Participate in overall program development as member of treatment team.
  10. Maintain program supplies as appropriate to specialized projects such as therapeutic drumming, play therapy group sessions, field trips, Expressive Arts and Skills groups.
  11. Other duties as assigned.
D. WORKING CONDITIONS AND JOB SETTING
  1. Work is primarily in a classroom or office and an outdoor play yard setting with children. 
  2. Work is directly with children who can exhibit challenging behaviors. Therefore, full mobility is required for standing walking, sitting, using hands, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling. 
  3. Noise levels may be high at times.
  4. Periodic lifting up to 25 pounds is required.
EBAC offers a uniquely generous time off package and an outstanding benefits package that includes health; chiropractic; dental; voluntary life insurance (for yourself and your family), AD&D and SDT; accident and critical illness coverage (for yourself and family); flexible spending for medical, child care and commuter benefits; 403b retirement program; legal insurance; and, agency paid life insurance and long term disability coverage.

 

East Bay Agency for Children is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply by sending a cover letter and resume to group80@ebac.org, or by fax to 510-268-0143. Please use the job title as the subject. No phone calls please.

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