Reports To: Reports to Director of Counseling Services K-12
Position Type: Full-Time; Faculty; Exempt
Established in 1920, Bentley School is a K-12 co-educational, independent day school located on two campuses in Oakland and Lafayette. Bentley is an inclusive community that shares a vision of transformative learning and respect for the individual. Bentley seeks a full-time K-8 Counselor at the Hiller Campus in Oakland. The K-8 Counselor is a full-time appointment. This position reports to the Director of Counseling Services K-12 and works closely with Lower and Middle School Division Directors.
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 and collaborate with outside services to increase functioning at 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 K-8 students as a way of providing support for teaching and administration in a school setting.
Responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to:
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.
Provide Crisis Intervention including assessment and clinical support for students (and their families) including but not limited to 5150 (involuntary placement due to suicidal/homicidal ideation) and Child Protective Services (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.
Maintain excellent organizational skills including: keeping accurate notes, records, and statistics of visits and other services provided to Bentley’s standards.
Meet regularly with the Lower (K-5) and Middle School (6-8) Directors 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, Director of Counseling Services K-12, and K-8 Division Directors.
Frequently liaise with Learning Support staff to collaborate regarding care for students with combined social-emotional and learning/academic needs.
Create social support groups on campus for students in need of connection and social skill building.
Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or substantially related field.
Current License as Psy.D., Ph.D., MFT or MSW to practice in the State of California.
Direct experience working with and supporting Kindergartners through eighth graders and their families for at least 5 years, preferably with 2+ years of school counseling experience.
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, MFT, etc.).
Proven experience as a teacher or public speaker with children and adults.
Ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate in difficult situations and/or conversations, with students, parents, teachers, and administrators, ensuring student and community safety is paramount and that all involved parties are respected.
Previous counseling at an independent school is strongly preferred.
Bentley School is an equal opportunity employer and seeks rich diversity among faculty and administration. The School offers competitive compensation and benefits.
How to Apply
Please email letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to: email@example.com Include K-8 Counselor in the subject line. No phone calls please.