Reporting directly to the Head of the Upper School, and working closely with the Upper School Dean of Students, this individual has two primary roles in MUS: to serve the individual psychological needs of students and to foster the psychological health and well-being of the entire upper school community.
Services will include individual and group programming, wellness programs, specialized training programs, and consultation services to parents and teachers. The school counselor is available to serve as a trusted resource in crisis moments for students, faculty, parents and the community at large at all times.
Specific responsibilities (will include, but not limited to):
Provide support for students and consultation for faculty
Provide short-term counseling and conflict resolution intervention as needed
Sees students for short-term and intermittent guidance and makes recommendations for treatment when necessary
Collaborate with the MUS administration and faculty to ensure student health, wellness, and safety
Communicate directly with parents and outside service providers
Act as a crisis team member to provide consultation and manage crises
Designs and implements appropriate overall health and wellness programs in the Upper School (particularly SEL programs in the Middle School) to discuss the key socio-emotional issues students are grappling with including but not limited to stress management, identity formation, healthy relationships, and the general physical, emotional and mental wellness of Upper school students (including Sexual health education).
Provides consultation to faculty and staff regarding psychosocial issues affecting students and general adolescent development.
Serves as a first responder to individuals and the community at large in times of crisis.
Collaborates with the Dean of Academics around pertinent academic issues.
Participates in the neuropsychological evaluation meetings and help to provide appropriate recommendations.
Collaborates effectively and communicates clearly with administrators, teachers, parents, and students.
Provides education sessions and outreach to parents at each grade level on adolescent development and emotional issues impacting their children.
Leads faculty discussions connected to the general physical, emotional and mental wellness of MUS students.
Maintains and updates protocols for the faculty on responding to students in crisis.
Education / Experience
Master’s Degree in School Counseling, or Clinical/Counseling Psychology / and or Pupil Personnel Services Credential
Experience as a school counselor (in an Independent school)
Classroom experience developing and teaching SEL lessons