Primary Responsibilities: Serve as the point person for parents, guardians, faculty, and administrators about student social, emotional, and mental health issues
Hours/Classification: 1 FTE (5 days per week) Exempt
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s mission and Creed. Hamlin employees are caring, compassionate, collaborative, and are dedicated to the education of girls. Hamlin girls are celebrated because of their curious minds, joyful work ethic, and tenacity in the classroom. At the same time, the school is convinced that ensuring their academic growth is only one part of its work. Excellent schools must also pay close attention to matters of the heart and soul. The Lower School counselor plays a central role in ensuring the health and wellness of the student community and is a partner with parents and teachers in supporting students’ emotional well-being.
Supports individual students on a short-term basis and advise families as needed about psychotherapy outside of school
Provides direct service, including crisis counseling, time-limited interventions, and assessment for triage and referral purposes
Teaches Health & Wellness, SEL & Sex Education in each grade level in collaboration with classroom and science teachers, leads small SEL groups, conflict resolution check-ins with students and provides support as needed per class
Supports the Scope and Sequence for Health & Wellness, SEL & Sex Education in the Lower School
Able to assess any risk to children and families, work closely with LS Division head & Head of School
Supports Faculty with best practices in regards to children’s needs
Serves as a member of the Student Support Services Department
Remains current on relevant professional development. Current in Law & Ethics, Mandating reporting and Assessing risks
Recommends, in close partnership with Lower School Division Head, full neuropsychological reports, therapy or medication management
Remains current with laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to children and mental health services in independent schools.
Generates records of recommendations for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
Maintains and updates digital confidential records kept privately & documents records of conversations, observations using official notes in Hamlinet.
Participates on Safety Committee & crisis management teams
Supports guest speakers & does follow up with the children.
Provides counseling around mental health diagnoses with children, families, & faculty.
Files and follows court orders and offers any follow-up needed from outside support services.
Attends monthly Bay Area Counseling meeting
Engages fully in co-curricular activities and in the extra-curricular life of the school, with the goal of being known and recognized by students
Co-teaches Grade 4 Science: Health and Body Image Curriculum
Consults with parents regarding their daughters on issues of social and emotional concern
Attends and participates in meetings with parents, Lower School division head, teachers, and outside student support such as therapists, learning specialists, doctors, etc.
In partnership with the administration, supports the continuing education of Hamlin parents. (i.e. meetings, the facilitation of parenting groups, recommendations of appropriate books, speakers, workshops)
Maintains a robust webpage on the Hamlinet that includes pertinent information and valuable resources for parent & Faculty support.
Leads and facilitates components of faculty meetings or student support meetings.
Consults with teachers regarding students’ social and emotional needs.
Offers professional development to faculty during division meetings, in small groups or individually.
Works with the health and wellness team and Lower School teachers to develop appropriate social and emotional learning tools and incorporate them into the existing curriculum.
Consults with Lower School Division Head and Faculty regarding clinical and legal matters about the mental health of students.
Consults with Lower School learning specialist regarding students of concern
Consults regularly with the Lower School division head
Meets weekly with Lower School division head and learning specialist as the Student Support Services Team to discuss and strategize about students of concern
Works closely with the Middle School counselor and division heads to coordinate the K-8 program and facilitate student transition and support
Master’s Degree in Counseling, LMFT, LCSW or LPCC strongly preferred
About The Hamlin School
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s educational mission and live the ethical values expressed in the Hamlin Creed: compassion; courage; honesty; respect; and responsibility. Hamlin employees strive to be self-aware, caring, collaborative, flexible, committed to their professional growth, and dedicated to excellence in education for girls.