Counselor Mentor

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The Counselor Mentor is a licensed professional counselor or social worker who serves as a local extension of main office support to the Psychological Counselor for our face-to-face programs. The Counselor Mentor provides professional support and guidance to the on-site Psychological Counselor, who supports the well-being of the staff and students and provides assistance to those who are experiencing social or emotional difficulties. The Counselor Mentor confers regularly with the Director of Student Affairs at the main office to discuss student and site issues.

Job Duties

  • Conduct a consultation with the TIP on-site Psychological Counselor at least once a week during each three-week term
  • Be available for phone consultation 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, should the psychological counselor encounter situations that require consultation
  • Provide professional and emotional support to the Psychological Counselors for cases involving potential mental health issues, substance misuse or abuse, self-harm, interpersonal difficulties, suicidal ideation, depression, or anxiety—with attention given to how those may manifest in academically gifted students  
  • Be available by phone to the Director of Student Affairs should an issue merit discussion
  • Review Duke Minors Protection training available on the TIP employment portal
  • Review the TIP Administrative manual and counselor resume 
  • Facilitate access to local in-patient resources, should a situation arise in which such access is required

Educational Requirements

A master’s degree and formal license in the counseling, social work, or related fields, along with at least three years of professional, full-time work experience as a clinical psychologist, social worker, or counselor are required. Experience with gifted students is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate interacting among emerging professionals who will work directly with academically gifted students to foster their holistic development
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and provide sound professional guidance during times of high stress and emotion
  • Ability to successfully work and communicate within a team
  • Exemplary timeliness and thoroughness when it comes to communication and documentation with students and main office staff


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