Mental Health Support Specialist

  • Intermountain Deaconess Children's Services
  • Helena, MT, USA
  • Jun 25, 2018
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Do you want to help protect the joy of childhood and incite change? Are you looking for a career that will give you a strong sense of purpose and is also meaningful and rewarding? Do you want to make a difference in a child and family’s life? Then we want to meet you.

Intermountain, a visionary non-profit that has been impacting the lives of children and families in Montana for over 100 years, we are seeking a Mental Health Support Specialist.

At Intermountain, we believe learning should be fun, and a child must be in a safe emotional place in order to learn.  For many children who come to Intermountain, school has not been a rewarding experience, socially or academically.  Intermountain School offers students a comfortable, fun and stimulating environment in which to learn.  Some of the highlights of our educational program include:

  • Each classroom is staffed by a certified special education teacher experienced in dealing with students with emotional difficulties, a trained special education technician, and a school support counselor
  • Educational program administered by the Director of Education Services who holds Master’s in Special Education and a K-12 Principal certification
  • Accredited by AdvancEd Northwest Accreditation Commission.
  • Certified Non-Public school for Montana, California, Washington and Illinois
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist
  • 1:4 staff to student ratio; 10-12 students per classroom
  • Six hour school day, 210 school days per year
  • Individualized educational programming to address each student’s unique learning style
  • Standards-based core curriculum including educational field trips, with electives such as art, Cultural studies, music, physical education/health and social skills
  • Extracurricular activities include Bal-A-Vis-X, basketball, S’cool Moves, Brain Gym, drama, skiing, soccer and swimming.

Some of the challenges our clients may have are:

  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Intractable anger
  • Adoption issues
  • Attachment and relationship issues
  • PTSD
  • Impulsivity, including lying and stealing
  • Oppositionality and/or defiance
  • Aggression towards self and others
  • School problems
  • Loss and grief issues
  • Poor social skills, and social development
  • High functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Peer relationships

Mental Health Support Specialist I (MHSSI) provides a variety of professional direct care services to children and families with direction, support and training from the Residential Education team. MHSSI participates in the creation and maintenance of a therapeutic milieu according to each child's treatment plan and agency philosophy. The MHSSI implements basic therapeutic interventions and develops relationships with all the children under the guidance of the Residential Education team and clinical direction of the Residential Therapist. The role is responsible for providing quality care and treatment to children and responds sensitively and proactively to the individual treatment and educational needs of the children.

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through two (2) years related work experience. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in a Social Science or closely-related field is preferred. Requires a valid Montana driver’s license.

Full-Time Position.  Salary DOE; Starting Wage: $12.31 per hour. Intermountain offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, pension, generous personal leave, and holidays. To apply, please visit