The Therapist/Substance Counselor ensures that the Fusion campus is appropriately serving students with related needs. They are responsible for helping families feel supported, assisting the teachers and leadership team in delivering a successful social, emotional, and academic experience and are made available to our students and families who require these services. In addition to private counseling, this individual is available to the student body as a whole to provide ongoing prevention and education services regarding overall mental health, the perils of drug abuse and addiction and the dangers that youth face. In addition to supporting social or emotional student challenges, this counselor is also available to assist with daily emergent issues in relation to alcohol or drug use and abuse, as well as to educate staff on the powerful role that teachers have in the way of substance abuse prevention. On a case-by-case basis, Fusion requires students to have regularly scheduled appointments with a Chemical Dependency Counselor, be it the one Fusion employs or another outside professional.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Gather and analyze information from outside professionals and collaborate with them to ensure needs are being met.
Support teachers in understanding various mental health and substance related issues and how to appropriately recognize and support students who may have these needs.
Support parents in getting their child appropriate services and accommodations in the community and at Fusion.
Provide counseling and therapy to students, and family therapy for their families.
Consult with other professionals involved in the students' care.
Be available to answer staff or leadership questions regarding specific students.
Provide educational opportunities for staff, parents, and students regarding the management of resistance in the academic environment, emotional difficulties, improving teacher-student relationships as well as covering issues of addiction, recovery, and prevention
Frequently communicate with staff, parents, and leadership.
Communicate on a regular and emergent basis with a student's lead teacher.
Actively participate in student-centered meetings.
Actively participate in staff meetings.
Communicate with parents consistently providing both positive and negative feedback and progress of the student.
Communicate immediately with administration in extreme behavioral cases, cases of suspected substance abuse, and in regards to student academic needs such as schedule changes or class changes for student.
Mentor students and act as a positive role model for all.
Attend professional development to continue to develop strategies to assist and work with students.
Understand Learning Disabilities and Emotional Difficulties.
Willingly participate in professional development related to understanding and dealing with learning disabilities and emotional difficulties.
Keep regular contact with students' teachers.
Provide support for staff and administration dealing with extreme emotional or behavioral difficulties.
Master’s degree and licensure in mental health counseling or substance counseling.
Candidates must be fullylicensed in the state in which the school operates.
Knowledge of systems based and solution focused therapeutic practices.
Deep respect and understanding for teaching and learning.
Knowledge and expertise in adolescent treatment.
Extensive knowledge school issues related to mental health and substance issues.
Creative solutions for struggling learners.
Proactive communication with leadership, teaching team and families of students.
Desire and skills to collaborate successfully with teams of teachers.
Commitment to constant self-improvement.
Ideal candidate is an outgoing, well-organized individual who is eager to work in a highly dynamic, energetic school setting.
A plus, three or more years of substance abuse counseling experience.
A plus, CADC II certified Chemical Dependency Counselor or equivalent.
A plus, experience with Learning Disabled and ADHD.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.
Internal Number: FUS-18-00445
About Fusion Academy
Fusion Academy is an accredited, alternative private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: just one student and one teacher in each private classroom. Here, the educational experience is completely customized around each student. Classes are self-paced, and the material is presented in a way that considers each student’s interests, strengths, and learning style.
With just one student and one teacher in each private classroom, Fusion Academy is the ultimate in personalized education for students in grades 6-12. Our middle school and high school curriculum meets state standards, but everything from the pace of the instruction to the style of teaching is tailored to each student. Students can customize their own class schedules and begin a new semester at any time of year—even in the summer.Fusion Academy students never take their schoolwork home with them. They complete it under teacher supervision in our Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Parents and students love it!