Program Therapists at The Foundation Schools

Friday, December 16, 2022 1:08 PM | Donna Rodill (Administrator)
  •             Locations – Gaithersburg, Rockville, Largo & Landover, Maryland

    10-, 11- and 12-month positions, Full- or Part-Time 

    The mission of The Foundation Schools is to provide a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students with emotional and other disabilities, autism and social emotional and learning challenges, preparing them to be productive and successful in their future academic and career paths. 

    For over 45 years, The Foundation Schools’ mix of academic support and therapeutic services has given our students a chance to reach their full potential.  The Foundation Schools is currently approved by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia to provide services to students who have not been successful in their home school’s environment.

    The Foundation Schools serves over 200 students in grades K-12. Our Core Values’ provide a strong foundation for our programs, are integrated into our positive behavior intervention system, drive our actions and guide our staff and students daily to TWIRL (Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership).  We offer a supportive working environment with small class sizes and excellent resources. 

    The Foundation Schools offers a comprehensive benefit package including tuition assistance and a generous retirement package. Visit our website at for more information.

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    Program Therapists (Therapists) at The Foundation Schools employ appropriate therapeutic strategies and techniques to promote social, emotional, and academic growth with the goal of improving the students’ ability to access curriculum and be available for learning.  Therapists must provide related services in accordance with the students’ IEPs.  They provide case management for students by collaborating with parents, guardians, and outside agencies. Therapists effectively manage student behavior through implementation of behavior management systems, school rules, policies, and procedures.


  •  Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatric nursing or other related field is required
  • Current Maryland clinical license is required; LCPC, LGPC, LMSW or LCSW-C are preferred
  • Three or more years of successful clinical experience working with children and/or adolescents in a school setting is preferred
  • Knowledge of DSM and IDEA and their specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional and other disabilities preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus 


  • Employ clinical strategies and techniques to provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to encourage students to be school ready
  • Ensure counseling and behavioral support service requirements are met to maintain 100% compliance with students’ IEPs and requirements are rendered as prescribed on the IEP
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to adapt a variety of therapeutic interventions and behavior management practices to meet the needs of individual students; evaluate therapeutic effectiveness, document, and make modifications based on data, reflection and feedback
  • Assess the need for emergency petitions; ensure procedures are followed and documentation is completed accurately
  • Conduct student functional behavioral assessments (FBAs)
  • Provide case management for students by collaborating with parents, guardians, and outside agencies; make appropriate referrals for needed services and look for new resources that support students’ social and emotional growth
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of students’ IEPs, BIPs, and FBAs including completion of required documentation within set guidelines
  • Complete required related service notes and billing documentation accurately and within assigned deadlines; ensure Medicaid forms are completed by parents/guardians
  • Provide clinical supervision to the dedicated aides assigned to the students on their caseloads to help the dedicated aides understand the students’ social, emotional, and academic profile; collaborate with these dedicated aides to develop and implement specialized interventions and incentive plans as needed
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of verbal de-escalation skills to manage student behaviors; utilize the behavior continuum in order to use or consider the use of the least restrictive behavioral interventions necessary; use effective, appropriate, and approved strategies during a crisis including the participation in seclusions, therapeutic holds, escorts, and student restraints when necessary; consistently, and appropriately utilize and model TACT 2 techniques or classroom behavior management strategies
  • Work with other therapists, teachers, school leaders, and other team members to determine the student and/or classroom needs and adjust interventions and practices to best meet those needs; work with team to develop interventions and/or incentive plans when appropriate

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