The two Middle School/Upper School Counselors together serve as a resource for teachers, advisors, staff, and parents regarding the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of students in grades 5-12. AFS believes in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing students’ social/emotional and learning needs, and therefore the Counselors are an essential member of the Student Support Team (SST), which includes the Director of Student Support, the Consulting Psychologist, the two School Counselors, the Learning Specialist, and, as necessary, the School Nurse. The Counselors report to the Director of Student Support and work closely with the Middle and Upper School Directors and the Dean of Students. The School Counselors serve a key role in creating an atmosphere of emotional wellness among students and share the following responsibilities:
The role of the School Counselor includes:
Attending weekly planning meetings with the Middle and Upper School Student Support Teams (SST)
Meeting with families and participating in family meetings with the team
Serving as liaison between the school, students, and families regarding social-emotional concerns
Providing short-term individual counseling support for students as needed
Guiding administrators, teachers and advisors in understanding and supporting specific students’ mental health needs
Managing intervention in mental health crisis situations
Coordinating with outside mental health professionals and, when necessary, staff of psychiatric facilities, about students’ specific needs
Maintaining accurate notes
Serving as a member of the Safe2Say team
Facilitating student support groups as needed
Supporting initiatives that further the integration of social and emotional learning in the Middle and Upper Schools
Strong counseling skills for 5th to 12th grade students
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and parents
Commitment to discretion and confidentiality
Training and experience in culturally responsive facilitation for a diverse community of students and adults
Experience with learning differences (knowledge of psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations is a plus)
Masters degree or doctorate in school counseling, social work or clinical mental health counseling
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Based on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CARES Act, Abington Friends School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities. Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Martha Scache, Director of Business & Operations, Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046, 215-576-3964, or email her at email@example.com, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA. Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.
This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.
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