Special Education Mental Health Clinician, Oakland

Student Services Oakland, California


About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country. 

Position Overview
KIPP Bay Area Public Schools is seeking an experienced Mental Health Clinician to support students receiving Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS). In this position, you will provide an array of therapeutic services to youth in a public school-based setting. Students may be receiving Level III ERMHS, which includes daily intensive therapeutic services, as well as Level II ERMHS, which is typically weekly individual counseling. The Mental Health Clinician will work closely with the school team to meet the needs of students whose emotional regulation challenges impede their participation in the general education setting. The ideal candidate cares deeply about children and adolescents, especially those who have experienced significant trauma in their lives.

Under the supervision of the School Leadership and Regional Clinical Leadership, the Mental Health Clinician will provide psychotherapeutic interventions, behavioral supports, and mental health treatment services including counseling, consultation, treatment and case management for students receiving ERMHS. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily or weekly individual counseling, group counseling, and parent counseling/support per student IEPs or team recommendations.
  • Work collaboratively with the student's multidisciplinary treatment team to develop daily programming and interventions that will meet each client's educational, mental health and behavioral needs.
  • Create and implement therapeutic interventions and behavior support plans for the purposes of fostering better mental health and positive learning environments for students.
  • Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students as needed. 
  • Assess and evaluate students in conjunction with other staff at regular intervals via direct observations, interviews, and other data collection methods.
  • Participate as a member of the individualized education program (IEP) team. 
  • Determine IEP goals and services for students qualifying for ERMHS and monitor student progress toward IEP goal attainment using special education database system (SEIS).
  • Provide case management services as well as make necessary referrals to community agencies to support continued treatment and discharge planning.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate administrative and treatment records related to client care in accordance with standards and policies specified by KIPP Bay Area Public Schools.
  • Provide all services in a culturally appropriate manner and with consideration of the impact of traumatic life experiences. 
  • Practice professional renewal through a variety of means such as attending conferences, workshops, and seminars and through participation in professional growth opportunities provided by KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. 

Perform other duties as assigned (not to include non-counseling or other duties that could compromise potential counseling relationships).

Minimum Required Educational Level & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree (or higher)  in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.
  • Clinical licensure in the State of California (MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Licensed Psychologist) as dictated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or the Board of Psychology. Applicants MUST have at the minimum an associate-level registration with the BBS that is current and in good standing. 
  • At least one year of experience (2+ years preferred) providing mental health services in school-based settings.
  • Experience in an intensive therapeutic setting (e.g. counseling-enriched, non-public school, residential) strongly preferred. 
  • Familiarity with special education, IEP team participation, and educationally related mental health services and the delivery of such services, highly preferred.
  • Strong commitment to the philosophy, goals, and mission of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools and to providing community-based, culturally competent, and client-centered mental health treatment and 
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ mission and values.
  • Ability to travel within the SF Bay Area with own transportation (mileage reimbursed). 

We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. 

KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.