Posting: Behavioral Health (School-Based) Mental Health Therapist - Black Family Development

April 20, 2023

Full-time Behavioral Health (School-Based) Mental Health Therapists


Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI), headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, is a 501©3 organization, founded in 1978 by the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. Our youth- focused, and family-centered organization provides services in Detroit, Wayne County, and Washtenaw County.

BFDI is a CARF accredited, licensed, comprehensive human services organization committed to serving all persons, while specializing in evidence-based counseling, treatment, and advocacy for persons of color. Agency programming includes early childhood resources and literacy development, a 3-tiered juvenile justice service array, mental health prevention and treatment, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, boys and young men of color supportive resources, school-based intervention, and trauma-informed care. Most importantly, our staff are heroes who strive to match passion for service with equal parts best practice to partner with families to achieve their goals.


Responsible for providing prevention, and clinical services (when professionally credentialed to do so), to students, families, teachers, and school administrators within assigned school/school district.  Periods of available block grant funding allows for prevention service array to be delivered to any student/family brought to the attention of the BFDI staff within the school in need of supportive services.  Prevention array includes counseling support, Restorative Practices interventions, mental health/substance use disorder screenings, crisis resolution, case management, as well as life skill and psychoeducation (individual and group) training.

School-Based Mental Health Therapist are licensed and credentialed as Children’s Mental Health Professionals who provide Medicaid-billable mental health treatment to youth who have been deem eligible for services by Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network’s Access Center.  Youth have completed enrollment through and present with symptoms indicating severe emotional disturbance.  Licensed School-Based Mental Health Therapist will serve 20-25 families per week.


  • Assist students with decision-making and problem solving incidents that, if unresolved, will lead to increased risk of school discipline.
  • Provide emotional and behavioral support to students.
  • Implement prevention and intervention techniques to improve students’ academic and behavioral success.
  • Provide Restorative Practices to teach conflict resolution techniques to student and school faculty to promote a restorative school culture and decrease in-school conflicts.
  • Engage parents and families via in-school and home-based activities that promote their student’s growth and well-being.
  • Collaborate with teachers in developing behavior management plans and proactive classroom incentives in order to increase youth’s capacity to effectively learn and grow.
  • Consult with, and educate, parents and school faculty regarding student support strategies and psycho-educational challenges.
  • Maintain daily data collection and analysis to determine units of student support provided.
  • Provide crisis intervention, as well as mental health/substance use disorder screenings
  • Provide crisis intervention for individuals and groups.
  • Triage students/families needing a referral for treatment via DWIHN’s Access Center to access BFDI community mental health and substance use services.
  • Complete student/family assessments.
  • Facilitate families’ development of treatment plan goals and corresponding interventions.
  • Provide individual, group and family therapy.
  • Complete psychosocial evaluations for children diagnosed as emotionally impaired.
  • Advocate for parents to obtain resources for their family.
  • Provide home visits to students/families as needed
  • Obtain and utilize resources for students / families to improve their quality of life.
  • Other duties as assigned by Administrator.


  • Counseling interventions
  • Restorative Practices
  • Strength-based approach to care
  • Community Resources to help families meet basic needs
  • Solution-Focused therapy
  • Family-Based services
  • Home-based services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS)
  • Pre-School Children Functional Assessment Scale (PECFAS)


Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field; licensed by the State of Michigan; experience in family work, in-home human services, and crisis intervention; individual, family, and group counseling; comprehensive assessment and diagnostic skills; time management; report and case note writing skills; strong engagement and empowering skills; determination to see families excel with provided resources. Treatment staff must complete DWIHN qualifications for a Qualified Children’s Mental Health Professional; treatment candidates must not be legally prohibited from billing Medicaid; Michigan Credentialing Board of Addiction Professional certifications preferred.

All candidates must demonstrate strong computer literacy; strong documentation and oral communication; ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team; ability to schedule appointments at dates and times flexible to the student/family, including non-traditional work hours.  Qualified candidates will possess experience working with diverse low-income communities, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse urban adolescents and their families; experience working with at-risk youth; as well as familiarity with the basic concepts of positive youth development. Required pre-screening qualifications include: satisfactory criminal records check and other satisfactory background clearances. 


  • Vacation
  • Personal Days
  • Sick Days
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Maternity Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Education Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Medical/Dental Vision Plan




If you have any questions, please call (313) 758-0150.

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