School Therapist

Job Type

Full Time




2000 Hamilton Street
United States


The School Therapist provides psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents and families who are direct or indirect victims of violence, including co-victims of homicide and victims or witnesses of crimes such as assault, physical or sexual abuse and domestic violence. The clinical services provided by the School Therapist are specific and focused in that they are intended to address the consequences of exposure to such incidents on individuals, families and groups. Services are provided primarily at local public and private schools, at AVP’s center city office, and at community-based offices in West and North Philadelphia.

The School Therapist reports to the Director of the AVP Counseling Center.

Direct Service/Case Management Responsibilities:

  • Provides psychotherapeutic services to children and adolescents who are direct or indirect victims of violence and collateral services to their parents/caregivers.
  • Participates in providing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) interventions in schools or other locations where groups of children have been traumatized by violence.
  • Initiates and maintains contact (as needed) with referral sources.
  • Initiates and maintains contact with other professionals who may be resources for psycho-social support of a child and family, for example, school counselors, teachers, social workers, victim advocates and others in the criminal justice system.
  • Initiates or attends meetings with outside professionals and organizations for the purpose of promoting the clinical progress of children and families in treatment, advocating for children and families to obtain needed collateral services or supports, educating representatives of other systems regarding the impact of exposure to violence, etc.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Maintains current clinical records for clients including assessment and evaluation information, release of information and consent to treatment forms, progress notes, initial and updated treatment plans and correspondence.
  • Assures protection of client confidentiality by appropriate in accordance with AVP’s written confidentiality policy.
  • Maintains and submits in a timely fashion AVP Counseling Logs for data entry into AVP’s client tracking system.
  • Timely submission of AVP Timesheets accurately reflecting regular hours worked, time off (vacation, sick, holiday), comp time, flex time, etc.
  • Carries pager/cell phone during regular work hours and responds immediately to emergencies and other messages as soon as possible.
  • Reviews potentially problematic cases with Director prior to extended time off (vacation) and arranges for clinical coverage.
  • Arranges with the Director for weekly supervision, at which Therapists should be prepared to discuss at least one current case. 
  • Attends weekly Counseling Center staff meetings and prepares case reviews on a rotating basis for peer supervision. 
  • In preparation for facilitation of workshops and seminars, participates in educational activities and reviews relevant literature related to theoretical and practical issues concerning client population.

The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume.