Reports To: Director of Health and Wellness Services
The School Counselor will provide short and possibly longer-term individual and group counseling to adolescent students anchored in multicultural frameworks and treatment modalities. As a member of Mercersburg Academy Health and Wellness Services, the position will work with a team of mental health counselors as well as work in collaboration with Mercersburg’s consulting psychiatrist and the Health Services staff to support faculty, deans, and other professional staff in their work with students. Together, with the Office of Student Life, school counselors will work to promote community understanding of the social-emotional well-being and intersectionality of the identity of students. Each School Counselor will hold a caseload of students and participate in a regular on-call shift for off-hour emergencies. Other responsibilities include leading training for faculty and student leaders, occasional dorm-based or faculty discussions on adolescent issues and serving as a member of the health and wellness team.
Responsibilities and Duties
In collaboration with other mental health counselors, a school counselor will manage and coordinate all areas of clinical counseling with regard to student needs, parent communication, professional communication, and collaboration with administration and faculty.
Assess and appropriately manage a caseload of diverse adolescents.
Provide on-going psychotherapy and/or adjustment counseling to students, individually or in small groups.
Serve as an “on-call” counselor program to assess and manage student crisis situations.
Collaborate with student learning services and admission and faculty on psychoeducational testing outcomes and provide feedback to appropriate personnel.
Support student group programs and on-going health education issues when time allows.
Ability to develop mindfulness based programs.
Collaborate effectively with consulting psychiatrists.
Keep track of departmental databases and clinical documents of clients.
Collaborate effectively with the Director of Health and Wellness Services and health and wellness center personnel.
Attend required administrative meetings when needed.
Maintain professional and ethical standards of licensure.
A Masters or PhD degree in one of the following: school counseling, social work, marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, professional counseling.
Pennsylvania state licensure for independent clinical practice.
Experience working in a co-ed boarding school environment preferable.
Experience working as a professional psychotherapist and providing a wide range of clinical services to an adolescent population.
Willingness and ability to work within a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework to meet the needs of students and the community.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
The ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other school community members.
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About Mercersburg Academy
An independent college-preparatory school in south-central Pennsylvania, Mercersburg Academy offers a rigorous academic program to 440 boarding and day students from 27 states and 36 countries.