Rock Hill Schools

Mental Health Counselor at Exceptional Student Education



Mental Health Counselor


Purpose Statement:

The job of a Mental Health Counselor is done for the purpose/s of delivering mental health care to assigned clients at their designated school location(s). They provide training and consultation services to school staff and parents to support the overall mental health goals.


This job reports the Director of Exceptional Student Education.


Essential Functions

  • Provide direct mental health services to assigned clients, including diagnostic assessment, individual/family/group therapy, and crisis intervention.
  • Create treatment plans and complete progress summaries.
  • Provide support to students who are currently in, or have recently been in, crisis through risk assessments and follow-up care.
  • Provide coordination of services and reentry support for students returning from a psychiatric hospitalization or treatment program.
  • May provide support to students who are in our alternative program.
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings and provide clinical supervision for interns/field study.
  • Provide consultation to school staff regarding mental health issues of assigned clients, as appropriate.
  • Provide training to staff, parents and students with a focus on prevention.
  • Provide complete and timely documentation of support services rendered.
  • Attend appropriate in-service training programs, staff meetings, and individual student conferences as requested by supervisor and in compliance with established district guidelines.
  • Keep all student and school related information confidential in accordance with federal and state guidelines and Board policy.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Adhere to established federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Therapeutic interventions including individual and group therapy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by administration.


Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications



Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.  Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: applying effective and innovative instructional and student evaluation techniques and developing interpersonal relationships with pupils, parents, teachers, staff and the general public; outstanding verbal and written skills.


KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.  Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: knowledge and experience teaching special education students in a self-contained setting, with an enthusiasm for instructing disabled students desired; exceptional knowledge of the needs of special students required.


ABILITY is required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; routinely gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods.  Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment.  In working with others, independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans.   Problem solving with data requires analysis based on organizational objectives; and problem solving with equipment is limited.  Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; working with frequent interruptions and working with other teachers to promote interdisciplinary studies.



Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; and operating within a defined budget.  Utilization of some resources from other work units is often required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the Organization’s services.


Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 40% sitting, 20% walking, and 40% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and a generally hazard free environment.



Job related experience is required.



Master’s degree from an accredited university or college in the field of counseling, social work, psychology or related field


Required Testing                                                           

Pre-employment TB Test


Certificates & Licenses

Highly Qualified status and South Carolina certification in appropriate Special Education area required with a strong GPA in relevant coursework


Continuing Educ. / Training                                         

120 Renewal Credits every 5 years



Satisfactory SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division) report; outstanding references from current and former  employers


FLSA Status                                                                    



Salary Grade

Teacher Scale

Counseling / Education / Training

Tagged as: counselor, exceptional student education, mental health, public school, therapy