There are various positions in RBHA’s School-Based Programs.
The following positions involve working in the school every day providing direct services to children:
A Case Manager has a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling and a minimum of one year experience working with at-risk youth. He or she works in a school with up to 6 children providing therapeutic day treatment services. The Case Manager conducts observations and collaborates with guardians and teachers for treatment planning. He or she produces quarterly reports to summarize progress in treatment. He or she will provide weekly counseling, daily behavior modification, psycho-educational groups at least three times each week based on a standardized curriculum, and crisis intervention, as needed. A Case Manager will also conduct care coordination each month with other service providers to ensure that the child’s needs are being met. The Case Manager is responsible for daily documentation of services according to reimbursement, licensing, and agency regulatory standards.
A Clinician performs the same job responsibilities as the Case Manager, however has an advanced degree. He or she also provides additional services to include conducting face-to-face assessments for services and crisis intervention. He or she will receive certification in conducting pre-screening evaluations. The licensed-eligible clinician will also receive supervision needed to support taking the state counseling licensing exam.
Lead Case Manager
The Lead Case Manager has a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling and a minimum of one year experience working with at-risk youth. He or she is responsible for the daily oversight of administrative and case management programming. He or she will work with up to 6 children providing therapeutic day treatment services (see the description for the case manager position above). He/She will be responsible for monthly reporting which will include compiling and tracking data based on daily attendance, treatment outcome measures, caseloads, and documentation. He or she will review all medical records on an on-going basis to ensure compliance with reimbursement, licensing, and agency regulatory standards.
Every program is supervised by a Clinical Supervisor who is licensed by the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
All employees receive a wide variety of training at orientation and throughout the year including CPR and First Aid, HIPAA laws, Human Rights and Ethics, Diversity, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, and more. Employees who are seeking supervision for licensure will also benefit from licensed professionals who are available to provide the hours as a benefit of employment. School-Based employees will also have access to a gym and fitness instructor outside of program hours.
What is unique about working in a School-Based Program?
Jobs in the schools are rewarding because you have the opportunity to work closely with the same kids every day and are more apt to realize small moments of success. You are working directly with a child in the environment where he or she is having the most difficulties. You are not working alone; you are part of a team of caring, mental health professionals.
Challenges of working in the schools include space and time constraints. Not every school has ample space for facilitating groups or meeting privately with a child or parent. If you have ever worked in a school, you will know that often times you are meeting with a child in a corner of the cafeteria or auditorium. A child’s academic schedule will limit the duration of sessions, so you may only have a short period to meet with a child.
This will spark your creative side as you will use opportunities such as eating lunch with a child in order to have a session. Employees must also be very organized and disciplined to set aside time for completing documentation.
The work schedule is different. Daily school hours vary. The RBHA does not follow the school schedule, but there are certain times of the year when the schools are closed that employees may have the opportunity to take a break. When employees are up-to-date on all documentation, all documentation is meeting regulatory standards, and all program needs are met, there will be times when coming to the office is not necessary. These times include the schools’ winter breaks, spring breaks, and the first three weeks of August. Other days when programs are not provided will be utilized for charting, professional development, and program development.
If you are interested in a school-based position, please visit the link for RBHA Employment opportunities to view openings and submit an application. Only complete, error-free applications will be considered.