Mental Health Practitioner (Contained Classroom)

Looking to expand your knowledge and explore other career areas of mental health? We’ve got you covered! Lee Carlson Center has seven unique programs where we use a variety of therapeutic approaches to support clients of different ages and stages in their healing. This is an exciting time to join our team as we adapt and modify every part of our organization to be more trauma-informed to better serve our community. We will help you grow in your career path, whether you want to become an “expert therapist” in a certain modality, a clinical supervisor who mentors others, or even a senior nonprofit leader.

Lee Carlson Center offers consistent opportunities for professional development, innovative training, and collaboration across programs, so you can grow your knowledge as you gain more experience. When we say we’re a team at Lee Carlson, we truly mean it. We work together, learn together, and grow together – because we know that we can provide the best support to our clients when we’re taking care of our own well-being.

Who We Are:
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being, a 501c3 non-profit, is one of Minnesota’s primary providers of outpatient mental health services in Anoka County, Hennepin County and surrounding areas. A beacon of hope and healing for over 40 years, our mission is to provide exceptional and affordable mental health services to families, children, youth, and adults.

Overview of the Position:

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being is recruiting TWO Mental Health Practitioners to support high school and middle school students in the Centennial School District in Lino Lakes, MN.

This position serves children or adolescents in self-contained classroom within the school. The individual in this role will work as a team with a special education teacher to offer integrated mental health and educational services within a Level 3 contained classroom.

This one-of-a-kind position will support the mental health needs of students by being a presence in the classroom providing milieu support, group and individual skills, crisis assistance (no contact), and partnering with the classroom teacher and paraprofessional to create a therapeutic safe educational setting.

Perks of this position include prioritized time with students, creative freedom, flexibility, and minimal documentation. Social Emotional Support Specialists will be supported by the Lead Therapist in the Centennial School District and the Director of School Based Services. This is a full time, onsite, salaried position.

The smaller caseload and increased client interaction this role provides is unlike most Mental Health Practitioner roles, further allowing the individual to form meaningful relationships with clients and their families as well as school partners.


Education and/or Experience Required:

  • Mental Health Practitioner (per MN DHS Standards)


Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive salary based upon experience
  • Choice of 2 HealthPartners health plans, dental and vision insurance, employer paid life insurance and long term disability, 403(b) Retirement Account with company match, and Employee Assistance Program available.
  • Generous time off, including 3 weeks of personal time, as well as 10 all-agency days off.
  • Opportunities for internal career advancement
  • Reimbursement of license exam, license renewal fees, and mileage when applicable
  • Competitive training program in evidence-based practices
  • Professional Development Plan supported by the agency, as well as opportunities for internal career advancement
  • Organizational commitment to staff wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Working closely with a team of diverse and committed mental health professionals to make a difference in the community

To apply please send a resume and cover letter with interest to


Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Women / Protected Veterans / Disabled.

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. If you have a disability or impairment and as a result you not able to complete an online application, please contact the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being Human Resource Department at 763.780.3036 ext 835.

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being does not discriminate against any qualified applicant or employee because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance in implementing the policy concerning non-discrimination based on national origin or religion.