Upper School Counselor assists the Director of Student Support and the Upper School Counseling Team in the following areas:
Design and implement programming that fosters a culture of wellness for students, staff, and parents
Empower and support students through individual and small group counseling
Coach classroom teachers and other staff members on action steps to support emotional well being
Normalize conversations around mental health
Manage crisis intervention
Organize consultations with parents, teachers, nurses, and administrators
Facilitate consultations with other school support personnel and/or mental health professionals to assess and refer students as needed
Provide thought leadership on national trends and developments in counseling with an eye toward empirically supported interventions
Collaborate with teachers, deans, principals, grade chairs, and counselors in the Lower and Middle Schools to ensure a continuity of care
Support advisement, affinity groups, mentoring and leadership programs
Advisement and support of student Coordinate Health and Wellness initiatives with an emphasis on providing faculty and staff education so all adults in the US are equipped collaborate in support of student emotional well-being
Duties may include participating in professional and curricular development and serving as an advisor to students. Candidates should be able to contribute to the larger school community through coaching or sponsoring other extracurricular programs. Because Westminster’s vision of Counseling and Student Support is one of being proactive, visible, and deeply connected across many facets of the student community, the strongest applicants will engage with students through attendance at school events.
Ability to engage in moderately strenuous physical activity both indoors and out; sitting and standing for long periods of time; ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.
Master's degree education, post degree supervised clinical experience, and passing of the National Counselor Examination or an equivalent exam
Masters (or higher) in one of the Counseling professions is required (Masters of Education in School, Mental Health, or Marriage and Family Counseling is preferred)
Work experience with adolescents (Upper School experience preferred but not required)
Expertise in the social-emotional world of adolescents
Current counseling certification issued by the state of Georgia or licensure in the state of Georgia, or agreement to transfer an out-of-state certification/ licensure upon hiring
Strong organizational skills and proficient with use of electronic records
Strong public speaking skills to engage parents, staff, and students in workshops and seminars
Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls, which seeks to develop the whole person for college and for life through excellent education.
Westminster's founders envisioned a school community with its traditions and philosophy rooted in the Christian faith, and to this day, a Westminster education aspires to cultivate each student's distinctive God-given ...talents: to inform the mind, to develop the body, and to enlighten the spirit. Through a passionate, talented faculty, a rich and varied curriculum, and the blessing of excellent facilities, Westminster strives to help children in the journey toward maturity, marked by personal excellence, self-knowledge, responsible citizenship, and faith in God.
An excellent education engages the natural developmental stage of each child: the elementary student's joy of discovery, the junior high student's exuberant, dynamic growth, the high school student's emerging sense of purpose. Throughout their school experience, young people encounter opportunities to question, to reason, to express themselves, to discover and pursue a passion, to risk, and sometimes even to fail and to learn from that failure. Through a wide range of outstanding programs, Westminster students grow as healthy, balanced individuals and cultivate personal strengths as scholars, artists, athletes, leaders, and community servants. Through their classroom and extracurricular activities and a multitude of social interactions, they discover that knowledge about the world and their own character should be inseparable, and that knowing how to learn is as important as what one learns. A clear understanding of one's self contributes to responsible citizenship, whether that involves treating each other nicely on the playground, valuing the Honor Code, or respecting our mutual interdependence in a world of many races, creeds, and political views. Ultimately, this emphasis on character complements the students' spiritual maturation, as they learn that humble appreciation of God's bounty means respect for all creation. Westminster's commitment to the Christian faith is more formally advanced through biblical literacy in the curriculum and through an open and respectful inquiry about other faiths, as we intentionally and genuinely strive to model the love of Christ for all people.
Growing up into a whole, healthy, and accomplished young adult is a challenge and a joy, and the entire Westminster community seeks to support and celebrate students along their way. In the spirit of honoring Jesus Christ and his love for all children, we therefore offer this philosophy of education as a prayer: We pray that our students will prosper from and enjoy their journey, that they will mature into life-long learners and truth seekers, and that they will be good stewards, caring for and serving the world in accordance with Christ's example.