EMOTIONAL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Cardinal Gibbons High School is seeking an Emotional and Mental Health Counselor who has an enthusiastic commitment to care for adolescents and who can provide emotional support to high school students in a safe and successful learning environment.
DESCRIPTION OF ROLE
* Provides direct services to high school students through individual and group counseling, preventative and responsive activities, and developmentally appropriate programming
* Addresses the emotional, academic, safety, and well-being concerns of students through proactive awareness and implementation of appropriate interventions
* Conducts mental health assessments, provides emergency and sustained, short-term counseling support, and implements effective referral and follow-up processes.
* Implements appropriate safety and support plans and provides case management services as needed in conjunction with the Director of School Counseling, Deans of Students, and other relevant support staff.
* Maintains and expands a network of mental health professionals and refers students and families to appropriate outside support for medical or social support.
* Services as coordinator/contact for students engaged in intensive services that interrupt traditional school attendance and works with other counseling staff to ensure academic needs are addressed.
Mental and Emotional Health Education
* Partners with appropriate school departments and personnel to develop and implement student-focused mental and emotional health programming and preventative activities in line with Counseling Department's vision and goals.
* Conducts faculty, staff, and student leader in-service training on mental health-related topics.
Teamwork and Professionalism
* Consults and collaborates confidentially and effectively with administrators, employees, and parents/guardians regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
* Works cooperatively with all support services personnel to support students in need.
* Knows and adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
* Participates in the community as an active and engaged professional.
* Engages in professional development opportunities outside of the school or diocese.
* Master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or a closely related field.
* Minimum of 3 years of experience in a school or therapeutic setting.
* Ability to define needs, collect data and draw valid conclusions.
* Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills and people skills.
* Ability to apply computer skills for electronic communications, social media, desktop publishing, digital presentations, and other marketing and communications processes.
The Emotional and Mental Health Counselor will report directly to the Director of School Counseling. This is a 10-month position, with occasional evenings and weekend work during the school year.