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Jobing Description


To provide brief crisis assessment and solution based counseling for adolescents in the public school system. To collaborate with school staff and external agencies for the benefit of adolescents in need of emotional health services. Services include assessment and referral, advocacy, brief solution focused counseling, group support, youth leadership/empowerment, psychosocial educational presentations, trauma response, paperwork tracking (administrative and clinical), consultation, and action planning and prevention services.


• Works in close partnership with school personnel to develop an identification, service, and referral process for youth and families “at risk”.  Key responsibilities include:

o Assess student (CAFAS), develop an individualized intervention plan through student and collateral interviews, review of school and agency reports/information, and provide appropriate level of services which may include crisis intervention, individual and family brief solution focused counseling, psychosocial group involvement, referral and follow-up services.

o Develop an annual school plan at the beginning of the school year in conjunction with BCPH program manager and school personnel, that responds to the specific individualized needs of each school community using findings from YRBS and Boulder County Prevention and Intervention Program (BCPIP) school based program demographic and presenting issues. Agree upon service objectives that the interventionist in partnership with school staff will implement and the anticipated outcomes to address mutually identified needs/issues throughout the course of the school year.

o Provide case management through support, tracking, and follow-up and participate in promoting youth and family resiliency.

o Provide referral and follow-up to community agencies and coordination of community based services offered on-site at schools.

o Facilitate intervention and prevention oriented psychosocial educational groups.

• Act as a youth advocate within the school/community.  This includes assisting in the development of improved and increased services for adolescents and their families.

• Act as liaison between BCPIP, schools, and other agencies serving adolescents and families.

• Respond when mobilized by administrative program manager to school/community trauma incidents and provide crisis-intervention and grief/loss supportive services.

• Make presentations to students, parents, and faculty.

• Provide assistance and training to students in the development of peer support/ counseling/mediation/restorative justice and other youth leadership/empowerment skills.

• Maintain confidential client files and complete all case notes in a timely fashion. Comply with all Federal confidentiality and HIPAA regulations and strictly follow all ethical standards of the profession.

• Complete all required intervention and prevention data entry, and all program paperwork including school plans, end of the year annual reports by established timelines. Enter required administrative client data electronically including demographics, set services and encounters provided, and outcome based evaluation CAFAS scales by assigned deadlines.

• Participate in youth activities and field trips.

• Develop professional knowledge.  This includes developing a personal growth plan with BCPIP supervisors and providing self-evaluation feedback for performance appraisals/reviews.

• Provide training/consultation in areas of expertise to other BCPIP staff, schools, and community.

• Participate in ongoing staff training, meetings, administrative supervision, and clinical consultation.

• Performs related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the partnership.

• Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials and equipment.   Uses all required safety equipment.


Skills / Requirements

Education and Experience:

• Masters in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field plus 1 to 2 year internship and 3-7 years prior experience required Or: Related PhD plus zero to three years prior experience in a clinical setting

• Prior experience working with adolescents required. School based experience preferred

• Experience or training in substance abuse issues, including symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of community resources and ability to make appropriate referrals 

• Ability to quickly create working alliance with client

• Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills

• Ability to manage difficult or emotional situations

• Excellent organization and time management skills

• high degree of professionalism 

• Highly self-motivated but works well in a team setting

• Working knowledge of CBT, DBT, and Solution-Focused Therapy 

• Intermediate computer skills required

• Bi-lingual, Spanish/English preferred

Important Notes


School based position for the 2013-2014 school year, working at various schools within the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Scheduled to work 44 weeks per year/35 hours per week– pay annualized over 52 weeks to allow for 8 weeks off during the summer.

Start date will be 08/05/2013.



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