School Based Licensed Therapist
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West Allis, WI 
Posted 25 days ago
Job Description
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a private, non-profit, human service agency providing a variety of services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Over the years, LSS has grown to become one of the largest human service agencies in the two state area serving more than 125,000 clients annually. We are looking for passionate, mission-driven individuals like you to help provide services including outpatient behavioral health management, international, domestic and special needs adoptions, older adult services, support services for children, youth and families, community corrections programs and support services for adults with disabilities and/or mental health concerns.

Motivated by the compassion of Christ, we help people improve the quality of their lives. Does this describe your personal mission statement? Are you motivated to serve by sharing your talents? If you would like to help us achieve our mission, please apply for the following opportunity.


School Centered Mental Health is a new comprehensive model for delivery mental health services to children and families in the school as well as in the home. The therapist is a part of an interdisciplinary mental health team that includes LSS family coaches and school staff. The School Center Mental Health (SCMH) therapist performs clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. The SCMH therapist works closely with children and families to develop individualized treatment plans designed to remove barriers in order to achieve identified goals and build resiliency. The SCMH Therapist works collaboratively with the LSS Family Coach, school personnel and a peer supervision team, with oversight from the Clinical Supervisors, to monitor the course of treatment. This role reports to the Program Supervisor or Manager.

This role will provide services for assigned school(s) or 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 new LSS led initiative has gained attention and support from other community agencies interested in replicating the SCMH comprehensive model for lasting impact. This is an exciting opportunity for any mental health professional wanting to make a difference in the lives of children and families beyond the traditional clinic setting.

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(s) or school district(s) including individual and family therapy.
  • Therapy session may be conducted in the in a variety of settings based on family request including: school, home and in the community.
  • Work within the school(s) to provide mental health services to students identified as having barriers to treatment.
  • Collaborate with school staff to assess student and classroom needs through classroom observation and regular interdisciplinary meetings.
  • Support teaching staff with developing behavioral intervention strategies.
  • Complete client assessment, collect data and analyses outcomes for quality programming
  • 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 HIPAA compliant electronic 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.
  • Work a flexible weekly schedule that meets the needs of the clients and/or school. 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 the SCMH 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 for maintaining professional licensure based on licensure requirements.
  • Performs other duties as required


  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Ability to Contribute to 403B
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Service Awards and Recognition


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.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEMasters 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 including school staff and parents.
  • 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, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to utilize an electronic health records system for documentation.
  • High level of comfort in working within a school setting utilizing an interdisciplinary team model.

  • The incumbent of this position 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.
  • The incumbent of this position 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
1+ years
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