The Counseling Program at Latin provides a range of prevention and intervention services to support students’ emotional, social and educational development so they may lead satisfying and productive lives at Latin and beyond. The emotional and social well-being and safety of our students are the foremost concerns of the counseling program. One of the primary roles of the counselor is to provide support and expertise to students who may experience psychological stress, social difficulties, an acute crisis, or are participating in high-risk behaviors. Counselors also consult with administrators, teachers and families and serve as a liaison with medical/mental health professionals.
The counselors offer an open and accepting environment, treat each student with dignity and respect and serve students in a culturally competent manner.. Any student or family member may request or be referred to one of the counselors who will collaboratively develop the best plan to address that student’s needs. Counselors strive to maintain sensitivity to the privacy of student and family concerns. Confidentiality will be maintained except in situations when there is a concern for the safety or well-being of a student or disclosure is required by law and/or professional standards. Students are also welcome to informally stop by a counseling office to speak, informally, with a counselor and/or ask a question at any time.
Provide culturally competent counseling support to a caseload of two grade levels alongside the other US counselor
Offer short-term solution-focused counseling to students who drop in, request a check-in, or have been referred by a teacher/administrator.
Coordinate wellness programming for students and families
Consult with faculty about strategies for specific students and provide education about social/emotional issues impacting learning
Initiate crisis intervention and safety assessments according to the school’s safety protocol
Confer with parents/guardians regarding student needs and provide outside referrals when appropriate
Consult and serve as a liaison with treatment providers, as needed, to support students and families
Support emergent issues that arise off hours, when needed
Partner with diversity, equity and inclusion team to provide ongoing support and programming for students and families from traditionally marginalized communities
Demonstrate cultural competence to students, faculty and staff of varying racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds
Plan curriculum and teach in the Affective Education program
Plan and implement parent/guardian education opportunities in collaboration with the counseling team
Participate in monthly student support team meetings to assess the overall progress, identify social/emotional and academic strengths and challenges, and recommend appropriate supports for individual students
Attend faculty meetings and appropriate divisional professional development workshops
Work closely with the Division Director and/or Assistant Upper School Director to address behavioral/emotional/social concerns/needs
Commitment to professional development
Perform other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in social work/school counseling/counseling/psychology or related field
Since 1888, Latin has been committed to academic excellence in an environment that creates a life-long love of learning and supports students as they pursue their passions. Our school is home to students from throughout the city and suburbs and we value the variety of experiences that they bring to our learning environment. “Of Chicago” is more than a part of our school’s name – those words help to define the school itself.