Pomfret School is seeking a school counselor (immediate start time). The school counselor works on a team with another full-time school counselor and in partnership with other members of the health and wellness group, including school doctor, nurses and outside clinicians, as well as school administrators. The school counselor is responsible for facilitating psychological/psychiatric treatment and supporting services for students by providing counseling services, crisis intervention, and mental health outreach to enhance the psychological and emotional welfare of students and the school community. This is a full-year, exempt position reporting to the Associate Head of School.
Essential functions & duties include:
Provide individual support working in collaboration with members of the faculty, the Student Support Team, and families
Provide support services and sustain the current comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, personal and social development for all students.
Provide needs assessment for students who are having behavioral, family, or interpersonal difficulty and/or are experiencing psychological symptoms. A needs assessment may involve:
Intervening in difficult interpersonal situations as requested by administration, parents, advisors or students
Identifying current life stressors and impairment
Establishing Axis I diagnosis (adjustment, mood, anxiety, eating, and/or psychotic disorders) and course illness
Participate in weekly Student Support Team meetings with key administrators and Student Life personnel
Serve as liaison with parents, faculty, advisor, and primary care clinician
Develop and coordinate treatment plans that may involve providing short-term weekly counseling on school-related difficulties, out-referral to local service provider(s), and/or require medical leave for intensive outpatient and/or inpatient treatment.
Provide acute crisis assessment, intervention, and treatment on a 24-hour basis.
Coach and counsel Admissions staff with regard to prospective student applicants
Maintain and keep current an active working relationship with local service providers including psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and hospital emergency services.
Coordinate substance evaluations according to School protocol
Develop and implement formalized treatment protocols
Develop educational and preventative care programs (meditation groups, Wellness Weekend, Q.U.E.S.T., and relevant courses (such as Health & Wellness) on an as-needed basis
Adhere to all School policies as outlined in the Employee Handbook
Continually meet or exceed Pomfret School’s Standards of Behavior, Character, and Engagement
Perform other duties as assigned
Possess knowledge of therapy techniques and strategies and the ability to connect with adolescents and effectively provide individual and group therapy
Masters or doctorate degree
Excellent written and communication skills
Thorough knowledge of FERPA and HIPAA laws and confidentiality
Clinical licensure in the state of Connecticut (LCSW/ LISW, LPC, PhD, or Licensed Psychologist)
3-5 years of clinical experience or experience in schools
Desire to work in residential academic community is essential
Preferred candidates will have experience working with high school aged students and possess a strong desire to work in a boarding school environment. Candidates deemed most qualified have advanced professional qualifications and experiences. For additional information, please contact the Career page on the School's website: https://www.pomfret.org/about-us/careers
Interested candidates should prepare a cover letter, current resume or CV, and contact information for at least three professional references, and email them to Richard K. Dempsey, Assistant Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. When communicating by email, please include “School Counselor position” in the subject line of your message. The School aims to hire this position by January 3, 2019. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit applications immediately.
About Pomfret School
Pomfret School is an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for 355 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates. Set on a beautiful 500-acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut and brought to life by an exceptional faculty, Pomfret offers a challenging and rewarding experience for students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Through an engaging process of learning and leading, a commitment to service beyond self, and numerous opportunities for personal growth in academic, athletic, artistic, and residential settings, students emerge as ethical and active citizens of the world. With a clear mission, Pomfret School cultivates a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in its students as it prepares them for college and to lead and learn in a diverse and increasingly interconnected society.
Pomfret School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration of its employment, enrollment, or educational policies, tuition assistance programs or other administered programs.