Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
Accredited by NEASC
Responsible for providing psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and mental health outreach and educational services to enhance the psychological and emotional welfare of PEA students.
- Assess self-referred and school-referred students using evidence-based diagnostic techniques.
- Refer students to specialized care as necessary and appropriate.
- On-call responsibility shared with other CAPS team. Available 24/7 through the Health Center
- Provide crisis assessment and intervention for students as necessary.
- Provide short-term and long-term individual psychotherapy to students, using evidence-based best practices.
- Provide culturally affirming counseling to historically marginalized groups including: students of color, LGBTQ+ and gender expansive populations, and students of all abilities.
- Ensure that clinical, consultative, and educational practices are sensitive to the needs and experiences of our diverse community, including socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin.
- Consult with other Academy clinicians (e.g., Director or Associate Director of CAPS, nurses, physician) about emergency interventions whenever immediate safety and health concerns arise about students. Participate in clinical supervision with Director or Associate Director of CAPS.
- Participate in weekly case management meetings with the Academy’s consulting psychiatrist(s).
- Participate in weekly Health Center clinical team meetings and weekly Deans/Health meetings.
- Attend Advisor-Teacher meetings as assigned, typically one time per week.
- Work collaboratively with the Lamont Health and Wellness Center staff in addressing the health and wellness needs of students.
- Consult with and provide support to parents, faculty, Deans, and Health Services staff regarding individual students.
- Maintain clear, accurate, and timely documentation in accordance with the Academy’s data collection, record-keeping, and legal reporting obligations/requirements.
- Maintain records on all clinical encounters using Health Center’s electronic health record system.
- Provide consultation regarding adolescent development and mental health for a variety of Academy constituents, including students, parents, staff, and faculty.
- Provide outreach education and customized workshops to students on select topics in adolescent mental health and wellness.
- May serve as an advisor to student leaders and clubs working in prevention and education.
- Maintain professional licensure in the State of New Hampshire.
Degree of Independent Action Performed
Each member of CAPS works with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment in decisions affecting students, staff, and department operations.
Clinicians are expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention, but we always expect collaboration and consultation, especially in issues of safety and reporting obligations.
Internal & External Contacts
Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students and Associate Deans of Students, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, and staff. External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, local clinicians, visitors, and alumni.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- PhD, PsyD or MSW required.
- Licensed Mental Health Clinician in NH.
- Three or more years of full-time, post-licensure clinical experience working with an adolescent and/or young adult population.
- Experience working with diverse groups of people with understanding that racial, cultural, religious, gender, and sexual identities interact with one’s beliefs and behavior.
- Experience and skill treating eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and interpersonal problems.
- Experience and skill responding to suspected child abuse or neglect and alleged assault.
- Experience and skill working collaboratively to develop, facilitate, and coordinate prevention programs for adolescents.
- Experience and skill working collaboratively to develop, facilitate, and coordinate professional development and training programs for faculty and staff in secondary education.
- Must possess a record of service that demonstrates concern for the safety and well-being of others.
Skills & Knowledge
- Outstanding clinical skills, including the use of evidence-based practices for treating adolescent mental health problems.
- Ability to work independently, handle multiple caseloads, and meet deadlines while simultaneously maintaining accurate records and consulting with colleagues as appropriate.
- Adherence to legal and ethical best-practices, as articulated by New Hampshire State Law, local memoranda of understanding (MOUs), and either the American Psychological Association or the National Association of Social Workers. This includes the ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients’ privacy.
- Demonstrated ability to work with adolescents to build trust and credibility.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships and work under stress.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to write concise, logical, analytical reports to convey complex issues.
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
- Strong presentation skills and presence in front of small and large audiences.
- Strong communication skills- works with empathy, compassion and professionalism
- Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
- High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
- Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor, and receptivity to constructive feedback.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and cross-cultural agility, and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
- Proficiency in MicroSoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
- Willingness and ability to learn additional software applications as needed.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods.
- Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
- Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
- Communication skills using the spoken and written word.
- Ability to see within normal parameters.
- Ability to use a visual display terminal with continuous wrist movement on a keyboard.
- Ability to hear within normal range.
- Ability to lift and transport up to 10lbs without assistance.
- Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years).
- Clean Driving record (reviewed annually).