The Lower School Counselor is a visible and active presence in the classroom and in the school. The counselor observes frequently in classrooms and meets regularly with teachers and learning support staff to discuss strategies and plans to assist individual children. The Counselor may facilitate a variety of student groups during the school day addressing social and emotional issues to enhance social and pragmatic skills.
Working with parents is an essential part of the counselor's role in the school, including consultation regarding, family issues, and helping with difficulties a child may be experiencing in school. The counselor guides and supports the parents in the process of finding the best resources to support the child’s needs, including professionals in the community.
It is often the responsibility of the counselor to initiate and lead meetings about an individual child who is experiencing challenges in school. These meetings may include teachers, parents, administrators, learning support staff and outside professionals.
Building deep relationships with students, families, and staff and maintaining strong lines of communication with families about student progress is an integral aspect of the counselor’s work
The Counselor is part of the Learning Support Team that works to insure continuity of support for all students in LS community.
This is a part-time position, estimated at 2 or 2.5 days per week
Education and Certification:
Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, education, or related field required.
Master's degree in counseling, social work, or related field required.
Certification as Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor preferred.
Previous experience working in a school counseling setting required.
Minimum of two years of clinical counseling experience with children and families preferred.
Classroom teaching experience a plus.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality preferred.