School Based Counselor SM
Job Details
SM Location - Santa Maria, CA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
Nonprofit - Social Services


Under the direction of the Director/Assistant Director of Community Based Services, the School Based Counselor carries out the mission of Casa Pacifica as it relates to the Educationally Related Mental Health Services as needed in the school.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (illustrated by typical activities):

  • Serves as assigned staff to Santa Barbara County School Districts providing Educationally Related Mental Health Services including Behavior Intervention, Individual/Group counseling, Parent Counseling and Training, or Social Worker Services, in accordance with the IEP.
  • Participates as a member of the child's treatment team and works closely with all treatment team members regarding matters pertaining to all one-to-one services as outlined in IEP.
  • Attends IEP meetings where appropriate and may assist in development of mental health/social emotional goals within the IEP for each client referred by the school district, as needed.
  • Maintains organized progress notes for each client contact; submitting notes in a timely manner by the weekly deadline.
  • Maintains an active client caseload.
  • Adheres to the legal and ethical requirements of the mental health profession as outlined in the code of ethics and as deemed necessary by Casa Pacifica.
  • Maintains effective lines of communication with the Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager in regard to crises, clinical development, and program needs.
  • Attends and participates in appropriate staff training programs; attends outside training events and conferences as requested.
  • Maintains confidentiality and FERPA regulations in all matters within the organization with respect to personnel, operations and children.
  • May perform any other additional duties as assigned; including but not limited to case coverage with other staff.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  A Master's or Doctoral degree social behavioral field is required: Marriage & Family Counseling; Counseling Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Clinical Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling; Social Work with an emphasis on Clinical Social Work.

Must either be currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern; Associate Clinical Social Worker; licensed LMFT/LCSW, registered with the Board of Psychology (BOP) with at least 1 year experience working with special education in the schools.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must also have a valid CA driver’s license with clean driving record, proof of insurance and abide by Casa Pacifica travel policy. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred. Community First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, Mandated reporting, holds a valid registration as a marriage and family therapist, associate clinical social worker, or registered psychologist/psychology intern.


  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Initiative and Productivity
  • Judgement and Problem Solving
  • Teamwork and Relationships

Casa Pacifica offers:

  • Competitive wages
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including 401k with up to 5% fully vested employer matching contributions made after first year of service
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance options
  • Flexible spending and dependent care programs
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • Education/tuition assistance programs
  • Discount gym and wellness options
  • Group Discount Pet Insurance
  • Aflac Critical Illness, Accidental & Dental supplemental plan options
  • Employee Assistance Program
    • Free Confidential Crisis Line 24/7 (365 days a year)
    • 4 face to face or telephonic sessions per issue
      • Stress, Anxiety, Depression
      • Life transitions
      • Grief and Loss
      • Divorce
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Substance Abuse
      • Work-Life Counseling
      • Free Legal and Financial consultations
      • Identity Theft Recovery Services