Overall Responsibilities and Expectations:
Identifies and supports students in need of support, assesses their level of need, refers to appropriate services, and follows up to monitor response to interventions/services
Provides short-term individual and small-group counseling
Serves as a resource for students, faculty, administrators, and parents to understand and deal with students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and personal needs
Emphasizes preventative and developmental counseling to provide students with the life skills needed to deal with problems and to enhance the student’s personal, social, and academic growth.
Consults with and serves as a resource for teachers, staff, and parents regarding the developmental needs of students, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Conducts and facilitates conferences with teachers, students, and parents
Conducts in-service programs for faculty and staff
Models appropriate behavior with student, parent, and colleague interactions
Maintains records to document interactions, interventions, and decisions in accordance with state law, industry standards, and Sumner Academy’s policies
Conducts structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions in response to identified needs relative to the achievement and school success of individuals and groups of students
Refers students and their parents to community agencies, programs, or specialists as appropriate. Maintains a comprehensive list of community resources.
Teaches middle school adolescent issues courses and leads discussions with faculty regarding adolescent issues.
Partners with the Middle School Division Director to build an advisory and mentor curriculum and partners with Lower School Director on a character development program
Expertise in prevention, intervention, and crisis counseling is also desired
The school counselor is integral to the wellness team that meets regularly and works collaboratively with the school leadership
Qualifications and Experience:
Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or school counseling required
Licensed in Tennessee or can become licensed (i.e., LCSW-C, LMSW, LPC) preferred
Minimum of three years experience providing direct clinical care to children and/or adolescents
Experience working with elementary and middle school students. Experience working with children and families in a school setting is preferred
Understands and uses common diagnostic assessment tools to guide treatment and decision-making
Experience implementing individual, group, and/or universal evidence-based interventions
Ability to build a strong rapport with students, families, school personnel, and external support providers
Ability to create, develop, and teach social-emotional curriculum responsive to current needs in child development
Knowledge of current research related to adolescent social-emotional development and mental health
Ability to collect, review, and analyze data to improve support services
Willingness to develop one’s knowledge and skills through professional development
Ability to work and communicate effectively and efficiently with and within a culturally diverse student body, staff, and community
Demonstrated ability to be flexible, visible, resilient, collaborative, and approachable
Adherence to their respective national and state board guidelines.
Adherence to their respective Code of Ethics and maintains license in good standing
An enthusiastic and strong work ethic, a team player, and a self-starter