Reports To: Head of K-8
Position Type: Part time
Bentley School, an independent K-12 school in Oakland and Lafayette, California, seeks a qualified half-time Counselor for grades K-8. Previous experience as a Counselor and/or teacher in an independent school setting is strongly preferred; familiarity with resources and youth/family support in the Bay Area essential.
Bentley School Counseling Principles and Goals
- Identify potential crises before they arise and implement programs to address problems before they occur (strengthening individuals and the community to be more resilient to challenges).
- Respond to psychological crises as they arise.
- Help students to navigate normal developmental challenges and difficulties.
- Assess when students need ongoing psychotherapy or mental health services outside of school.
- Support the normal growth of and support of students who are not facing an imminent crisis.
- Assist faculty, staff and parents in their understanding of middle school students, as a way of providing support for teaching and administration in a school setting.
Specific Responsibilities and Tasks
- Provide limited counseling services to students and families seeking (voluntary) support. Provide follow-up support (case management) to students and their families.
- Liaise with puberty education teacher who instructs students in grades 5-8.
- Provide outside counseling and mental health referrals to students and families as determined by the family’s need or through counselor evaluation.
- Crisis Intervention – Assessment and clinical support for students (and their families) in crisis. This includes, but is not limited to, 5150 (involuntary placement due to suicidal/homicidal intention and Child Protective Service (mandated reporting status) situations.
- Serve as a consultant to faculty and administrators, as related to individual students and issues.
- Provide counseling, consultation, and programmatic support to parents (evening workshops, outside speakers, etc.).
- Provide ongoing in-service training to faculty on child development and others issues related to mental health in the school.
- Consult with outside clinical and medical support personnel when approved by the family and student to provide on-campus support for students.
- Keep accurate notes, records (as appropriate) and statistics of visits and other services provided.
- Meet regularly with the Lower and Middle School Directors and Head of School K-8 to keep them apprised of trends on campus, individual students of concern, and to respond to needs/concerns of the School.
- Uphold legal and ethical obligations associated with the role of counselor in a school setting (most especially those upholding confidentiality and reporting).
- Additional duties and responsibilities as determined by the Head of School of K-8 or Head of School.
- Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology or substantially related field
- Licensed as Psy.D., Ph.D., MFT or MSW to practice in the State of California, or if holding pre-licensure status, substantial direct experience working with and supporting adolescents and their families for at least 5 years
- Knowledge of laws, regulations and ethical guidelines relating to delivery of mental health services in the school setting (by training, study or experience, e.g., Pupil Services Credential, etc.)
- Proven experience as a teacher or public speaker with children and adults
Compensation will be within the expected norms for comparable positions. Bentley School offers a very generous benefits package and does not discriminate on any basis in matters of employment. This is a faculty contract, which begins immediately. Bentley School is an equal opportunity employer.
How to apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please.