Since 1889, Ridley College has been located on 96 acres of stunning parkland in St. Catharines, Ontario – in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula. The College is comprised of century-old buildings that are shoulder to shoulder with modern architecture. Thirteen playing fields; three Academic buildings; two sports complexes; ten residences; Chapel and a Health Centre make up the most impressive campus in the nation. The student body is over 650 strong with children from 44 different countries worldwide.
Life at Ridley is focused on personal development. It is built on a legacy of intellectual rigour and the ideal balance between academics, athletics, and the arts. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy a campus environment that supports development of mind, body, and spirit, and offers a wealth of opportunities for healthy, active living and professional development.
Everything we do is infused with the principles of positive psychology and the PERMA-V model of psychological well-being.
The Upper School Counselor will play a primary and proactive role in achieving our community’s vision to “inspire flourishing lives.” The Upper School Counselor will work to meet both social and emotional needs of our Upper School day and boarding community – grades 9 – 12. Specifically, this position will assist students, teachers, parents and residential staff in understanding, preventing and addressing learning, behavioural, developmental and emotional challenges.
- Provide direct counseling to adolescents and families addressing social, emotional, behavioural, developmental and learning difficulties using a strengths based model or PERMA-V model as part of an eclectic tool kit;
- Provide direct instruction to students in areas such as peer helping, conflict resolution, social skills and life skills;
- Listen to concerns about academic, emotional or social problems and help students process their problems and plan goals and action;
- Crisis intervention services that support youth following natural disasters, violence, abuse, death or suicide by a student;
- Able to adapt counseling techniques to meet the needs of a diverse school population.
- Work, communicate and collaborate with teachers, health centre personnel, the learning strategist, residential staff, and families as part of a student support team within a school setting;
- Be a member of and work closely with the student success team;
- Work with our residential leadership team to proactively address adolescent issues in a boarding school environment to in a boarding school environment and assist with the residential life program curriculum;
- Promote positive behaviours with students and all school personnel;
- Meet with parents and teachers to discuss learning, behavioural, familial and social problems;
- Collaborate with guidance counselors as advocates for students’ well-being, and as a resource for their educational and personal advancement;
- Support efforts to embed positive psychology and the PERMA-V framework into all Upper School programs.
- Lead and design professional development programs for teachers and residential staff;
- Facilitate teacher, residential and parent workshops with respect to emotional learning, bullying and student emotional wellness;
- Provide support to other educators teaching health and career and in promoting healthy school environments.
- Educate parents on topics like parenting, risky behaviours and positive communication;
- Study and implement behavioural management techniques;
- Evaluate and advise school disciplinary practices for troubled students;
- Support efforts to embed positive psychology and the PERMAV framework into all Upper School programs;
- Prevention programs to assist students who have mild or transitory problems that interfere with school performance, such as poor peer relationships, learning or behaviour problems in the classroom, and adjustment to adoption, death or divorce.
- Demonstrate the ability to use electronic equipment for word processing, data management, information retrieval, audio and visual presentations, and telecommunications;
- Act as a liaison with community agencies and allied professionals;
- Participate in the school’s co-curricular program including house duty and sports.