School Counselor

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Accredited by NEASC

Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an experienced School Counselor to join the Health Services team for the 2020-2021 academic year. The School Counselor provides mental health support, assessment, triage, and referrals for students. The School Counselor also provides a skilled resource on campus for adults including faculty, staff, administrators, and dorm parents. This is a part-time (.5 FTE) position reporting to the full-time School Counselor. 

Responsibilities Include:  

  • Crisis counseling: be available for students having psycho-social crises;  
  • Crisis assessment: assess for suicidality, self-injurious behavior, depression, anxiety, and/or any other potentially dangerous/high risk states; 
  • Psycho-social assessments of students: assess current mental health status of students, their needs, and appropriate treatment plan; 
  • Collaborate with appropriate individuals to discuss and plan for students in psycho-social crisis or challenging states; 
  • Meet with students for short term counseling around specific issue such as homesickness, self-esteem, stress, or issues resulting from disciplinary measures; 
  • Provide case management of individual caseload of students receiving mental health support; 
  • Meet with 9th grade and mid-year students individually; 
  • Present at various Health Seminars (i.e. mediation, eating disorders, etc.) as determined in consultation with the full-time School Counselor; 
  • Refer students to outside professionals, psychotherapists, psychopharmocologists, and nutritionists; with assistance from the Health Services Administrative Assistant, schedule appointments with therapists, arrange transportation, and communicate with parents on how to proceed;  
  • Be available for students in need of psycho-social support; 
  • Meet with students on a regular basis who need/want support but who do not need to meet with a therapist; 
  • Act as a consultant to adults on campus;  
  • Support students and attend or engage in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances; and 
  • Other duties as assigned.  

 Skills & Qualifications  

  • Master’s Degree in a related clinical field required; 
  • One to three years’ experience working with adolescents; 
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive information with discretion and keep high standards of confidentiality; 
  • Possess strong critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to routinely assess and assist students and escalate issues as needed;  
  • Experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to a variety of cultural differences;  
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people – students, parents, faculty, staff, dorm parents, and medical professionals; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; 
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office; 
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill; and 
  • Strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills, along with the ability to balance a pursuit of academic, artistic, and institutional excellence with compassion and nurture for each individual.  

Walnut Hill School for the Arts faculty are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their teaching practice, supporting diverse learners inside and outside the classroom, participating in school events and supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty and staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of a Walnut Hill faculty member.

 

 

 

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