School-Based Therapist

Who We are

At the time of our founding, Watercourse Counseling stretched traditional definitions of mental health service delivery. We were formed for the specific purpose of developing innovative programs that address a broad spectrum of mental health needs. Our overarching philosophy is grounded in equitable access to resources that support wellness for individuals and the community. We choose to center this work in Minneapolis with the full understanding that there is a lack of culturally-based mental health resources within the city, and we remain committed to making a difference in the lives of those who have been marginalized and underserved. We continue to be guided by these beliefs, even after 20+ years of service.

The Position

Watercourse Counseling Center is seeking a full-time school-based therapist to work with children and families in Minneapolis Public Schools. Candidates must have clinical experience with youth and families, strong collaborative skills, and an interest in school-based mental health. Strong candidates will be knowledgeable of multiple trauma-informed therapeutic modalities, have experience and desire to work from an intersectional lens, and be willing to strengthen skills in integrating culturally- affirming, equitable care into clinical work. The position includes regular opportunities for multi- disciplinary team consultation and community engagement. Watercourse is committed to recruiting candidates with lived experience in communities of color and/or LGBTQIA+ communities to join our team in which all identities are valued.


Clinical Services

  • Provide mental health services including diagnostic assessment, treatment plan development and individual and/or group therapy to school-based clients
  • Work with parents to complete clinical assessments for clients and support ongoing work
  • Ensure timely, thorough and clinically relevant documentation
  • Participate regularly in multi-disciplinary/professional team consultation meetings and other clinical and administrative meetings, as required.
  • Engage in collaborative community care, offering resource referral and support to clients with challenging mental health symptoms and systemic barriers to receiving adequate care
  • Receive clinical supervision in a reflective frame to support quality care and reduction of secondary trauma/vicarious trauma as needed OR provide clinical supervision within the Watercourse clinical trainee program, if eligible
  • Engage in professional development in order to stay abreast of culturally responsive best practices

Coordination with schools

  • Maintain close contact with student support staff at the school to coordinate services with clients on caseload in support of school-wide goals for social-emotional learning
  • Provide consultation for teachers and assist with trainings requested for school staff
  • Provide classroom presentations and groups as requested by the school

Agency Involvement

  • Participate in regularly scheduled administrative meetings and agency committees
  • Support the deep integration of culturally responsive, equitable care into all levels of the organization.
  • Engage in community outreach and marketing activities as requested
  • Contribute to the realization of agency strategic plan initiatives, including our focus on racial equity and justice


  • Master's degree in Social Work, Family Therapy or Counseling Psychology
  • Meets DHS criteria for Clinical Trainee and actively pursuing full board licensure as LMFT, LPCC, LP, or LICSW OR Full board licensure as LMFT, LPCC, LP, or LICSW
  • Proficiency providing clinical services to children and families
  • Willingness to learn and practice cultural humility and commitment to upholding Cultural And Linguistically Appropriate Service standards
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative work environment
  • Demonstrated competence working with diverse communities
  • Strong listening, critical thinking, and problem resolution abilities
  • Interest in working in a school environment

Additional qualifications that would be highly regarded:

  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • Supervisory credentials
  • Specialty in children’s mental health and youth services


$2,000 sign-on bonus!

  • Salary range: $52,000-$66,000
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Simple IRA plan + employer contributions
  • Short-term disability and life Insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • Welcoming, supportive team that values relationship and connection
  • Flexible schedule with hybrid options for remote work
  • Strong emphasis on employee self-care and work-life balance
  • Clinical supervision toward licensure, if needed
  • Professional development and training funds
  • Regular continuing education opportunities
  • Grant funded support for licensure and training for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clinicians
  • Qualifies as an acceptable employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, if enrolled

To Apply

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