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The Middle School Counselor is part of the Learning and Counseling Team that provides educational care for all students in the Middle School. Counselors develop close collaborative relationships with faculty and principals and meet with them on a regular basis. A team approach is used in thinking about a given child, fostering a shared view from academic, cognitive, social and emotional perspectives.
Counselors provide continuity of service to students by following a class from sixth through eighth grade. They are a visible and active presence in the classroom and in the school. Counselors observe frequently in classrooms and meet regularly with teachers and learning support staff to discuss and strategize about class issues and problems of individual children. Counselors provide direct services to children including crisis intervention with individuals and groups of children and short-term individual counseling as needed.
Working with parents is an essential part of the counselor's' role in the school. Collaboration with parents includes, but is not limited to child guidance, family issues, and helping with difficulties a child may be experiencing in school. This home-school collaboration fosters a shared understanding of what the problems are and how best to address them.
Counselors are expected to develop knowledge of, and a working relationship with outside referral sources including mental health professionals, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists. The counselor guides and supports the parents in the process of finding the best resources for their child.
It is often the responsibility of the counselor to initiate and lead meetings and/or staffings about an individual child who is experiencing challenges in school. These meetings include teachers, parents, principal, learning support staff and often outside professionals.
Counselors provide a variety of groups during the school day that address social and emotional issues related to separation and divorce of parents, death of a significant loved one, or weak social skills. Counselors also offer discussion groups for parents.
All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work a 40-hour work week and the required 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement.
The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2017.
Bachelor's degree or higher in counseling, social work, or related field required.
Master's degree and certification as School Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor preferred.
Minimum of three years of clinical counseling experience with children and families required.
Teaching experience preferred. Experience working in a school setting preferred.