The Psychological Counselor is an integral part of the administrative team. The primary responsibilities of the Psychological Counselor are providing assistance for students who are experiencing social or emotional difficulties and supporting all instructional and residential staff members. The Psychological Counselor also assists with students experiencing academic difficulties. The Psychological Counselor assists the On-Site Director with staff orientation and training and also conducts workshops with students and staff throughout the term on issues such as stress management and conflict resolution. The Psychological Counselor maintains high visibility on campus (at least eight hours a day) by attending major events, observing classes, participating in staff meetings, and meeting with students as necessary. Interactions with staff and students take place during meals, free-time, activities, and scheduled office hours. The Psychological Counselor must be available twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week by cell phone to respond to crisis situations. The Psychological Counselor reports directly to the On-Site Director and additionally provides a weekly written report detailing issues that arose during the week to the main office site supervisor. The Psychological Counselor also works closely with a professional mentor for guidance and support. The Psychological Counselor should confer regularly with the other administrative team members to discuss student and site issues. The Psychological Counselor and other administrative staff must arrive several days before other staff to begin campus preparations.
A master’s degree or comparable formal training is required with graduate coursework in clinical psychology, social work, or counseling. Professional counseling experience is strongly preferred. Experience with gifted students is helpful. Applicants must possess excellent organizational skills as well as an ability to work cooperatively with others. Applicants must possess a genuine interest in the academic, social, and emotional growth of adolescents, exhibit maturity and a positive attitude, and be willing to serve as a role model for students. Candidates must be available for two terms of employment at sites that offer two terms.
Psychological Counselors are hired for the following programs: