Therapist - SBMH

Location US-NY-New York
Job ID 2024-2255
Job Family
Mental Health Services
Job Type
Shift Days
Shift Hours
Salary Range
Hours Per Week


At The New York Foundling, we trust in the power and potential of people, and we deliberately invest in proven practices. From bold beginnings in 1869, our New York-based nonprofit has supported hundreds of thousands of our neighbors on their own paths to stability, strength, and independence.  We help children and families navigate through and beyond foster care. We help families struggling with conflict and poverty grow strong. We help individuals with developmental disabilities live their best lives, and we help our neighbors access quality health and mental health services—core to building lifelong resilience and wellbeing. Together, our interrelated programs provide a whole-person, whole-family, and whole-life approach that unlocks solutions for a lifetime.


The New York Foundling’s School Based Mental Health Program (SBMH) partners with schools around NYC to increase accessibility of mental health services to students by bringing high quality, evidence-based mental health treatment inside schools where any child enrolled in public schools can reach them. We also aim to build school’s capacity to meet the social and emotional needs of their students by empowering schools to think and operate proactively and relationally through ongoing collaboration, school faculty consultations, and delivery workshops to the school community.





Therapist Position Description: 

  • Increase accessibility of mental health services to students and help them reach their full academic, social, and emotional potential by providing short-term evidenced-based and evidenced-informed individual, group, or family treatment onsite at assigned school and/or linking students to necessary services.
  • Promote engagement of families and other key stakeholders (school staff, community agencies) through involvement in treatment, coordination of care, and/or other forms of collaboration to best support students in meeting their goals.
  • Build a relationship with the school community and lead CBO to ensure collaboration and proactive communication among providers and school key leadership and attend school-based meetings.
  • Enhance capacity of the school community (faculty and parents) to meet the social and emotional needs of their students through delivery of trainings, workshops, presentations, and consultations.
  • De-escalation of student mental health crises by providing clinical crisis assessment and intervention
  • Ensure compliance with OMH and agency documentation standards by maintaining clear, concise, accurate, and timely clinical-approved documentation of treatment efforts
  • Participate in all evidence-based model program training, supervision and consultation
  • Ensure higher needs students have access to support in times of crisis through 24/7 weekday on call availability and participation in weekend on-call


Organizational expectations include:

  • Regular and punctual time and attendance, and adherence to The Foundling’s and your department’s
  • specific time and attendance policies and protocol.
  • Consistent demonstrated commitment to The Foundling’s BHAG, mission, vision and values (Compassion,
  • Dignity, Family and Community, Diversity, Excellence).
  • Adherence to The Foundling’s employee policies, Code of Conduct and applicable rules, laws, regulations or bargaining agreements. 
  • Appropriate engagement with support departments to ensure appropriate and timely hiring, performance management, investigation, discipline, suspension, and restructuring decisions concerning direct reports. Regular supervision and performance evaluation of direct reports.
  • Any other duties and/or tasks that may be assigned.


The New York Foundling is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse employee population, the Foundling will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.


$63,750 - $72,250/year



Behaviors and Experience:

  • Maintains a strength focused approach with families, stakeholder, and within the program/treatment
  • Systems approach to change and application to a school climate
  • Self-starter and independent Persistence, ability to problem-solve, and solution-focused.
  • Show strength in consultancy, training, care coordination
  • High organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfortability with building collaborative relationships with school staff and stakeholders and ability to integrate into the school community.
  • Comfortability with speaking to large audiences/public speaking. Creativity in delivering dynamic workshops to maintain engagement
  • Experience with and willingness to work with culturally diverse population
  • Clinical skills:
    • Behavioral therapy targeting school behavior and academic performance;
    • Crisis intervention & de-escalation
    • Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques
    • Direct use of pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic and functional) family therapies
  • Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of youth (i.e. family, peer, school, and neighborhood)




Masters Level Degree or better in counseling, social work, or related field. Must be license eligible – specifically ability to apply for limited permit or LMSW required.


Licenses & Certifications

Preferred - LCSW, LMHC

Education Required

Master’s Degree from a U.S. accredited educational institution or Credential Evaluation for a non-U.S. educational institution


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