Poly Prep seeks applicants for the position of Upper School Counselor/Psychologist. The Upper School Counselor/Psychologist responds to the social, emotional and mental health needs of students through providing culturally responsive, student centered individual or small group counseling and crisis intervention. The US Counselor collaborates with administrators, families and outside treatment providers around individual student needs, participates in division-wide planning and teaches course content related to their expertise as a mental health provider. The US Counselor is committed to health equity and working creatively to reduce stigma and barriers around student access to mental health support.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Provide individual short-term supportive counseling and referrals to Upper School students.
Provide crisis intervention and trauma support to individual students; participate in planning division-wide response to crisis or traumatic events
Lead small group counseling sessions to support students in developing healthy coping strategies to deal with the stresses of life (such as Banana Splits) or in response to crisis or traumatic events.
Communicate with parents and outside treatment providers about mental health needs of individual students.
Collaborate with administration, deans, learning specialists, teachers and the health team on individual student plans and on programming that supports the overall mental health of students.
Teach social/emotional/mental health components of health curriculum to Upper School students and assist with curriculum development.
Hosts talks and workshops about parenting, various mental health issues, and child development topics.
Maintain student records, including but not limited to, meeting notes, confidential records, support services documentation.
Collaborate to create systems to monitor mental health needs of Upper School school students, track trends and monitor mental health outcomes with an attention to racial equity and eliminating disparities within our student population.
Support positive discipline and restorative justice processes as needed.
Advise a student club as needed.
Poly Prep strives to be an equitable, just, and diverse community, one proud of and deeply committed to empowering students to discover who they are and what they want to be. In keeping with the country day school philosophy, we seek community members who will share a passion for learning. Every community member at Poly Prep aspires to uphold our mission “to support and inspire the next diverse generation of leaders and global citizens to act with intelligence, imagination and--above all--character.”
We offer a supportive environment, with a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a generous match on our 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability, flexible spending account, pre-tax commuter benefit, and free lunch).
Education: LCSW, PhD or PsyD in school, counseling, or clinical psychology
Experience:3 years prior experience. Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse population of 14-19 year-old students to administer culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate support.Experience with neuropsychological testing and children with learning differences..
Specific Skills: Strong diagnostic and clinical skills. Excellent writing, verbal communication and listening skills. Exceptionally well-organized with proficiency using electronic medical records and excel/ google sheets. Positive attitude and ability to problem solve.
Certifications/Licenses: LCSW, PhD or PsyD in school, counseling, or clinical psychology
Special Requirements: None.
About Poly Prep Country Day School
Brooklyn, New York
Nursery through Grade 12 Co-Ed Independent School. Founded in 1854
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