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Student Assistance Counselor

Location: Wilson County
Job Code: Wilson
# of openings: 1


The STARS Student Assistance Counselor will be responsible for directing and assisting in the implementation of all program components of the Student Assistance Model in the school(s) assigned to him/her.  

STARS Counselor:

  • Facilitates developmentally appropriate individual and support group education and support sessions for students who may be experiencing one or more of the following issues:
    • Symptoms of depression
    • Symptoms of anxiety
    • Grief and loss
    • Struggles with anger management
    • Difficulties with staying focused/on-task and following directions at school
    • Needs related to social/emotional skills development
    • Conflicts in family/peer/school relationships
    • Bullying
    • Interpersonal violence
    • Struggles with self-esteem
    • Struggles related to gender identity or sexual orientation
    • Other mental health challenges
    • Oppositional or defiant behavior
    • Challenges with school engagement
    • Substance use, abuse and addiction
    • Suicidal ideation or self-harm behaviors
    • Trauma
    • Other crisis or challenges
  • Provides case management and follow-up services with students, parents, school personnel and community professionals, which includes making appropriate referral services, as needed.
  • Conducts parent meetings for students referred to the STARS Counselor
  • Facilitates restorative practices as requested by school personnel
  • Serves and participates on school crisis team
  • Provides specialized services for students with special needs, including special education and deaf and hard of hearing
  • Provides support and assistance with truancy related issues
  • Aides school administration in creating a positive school climate. Provides prevention and intervention services on the following topics:
    • Alcohol
    • Bullying
    • Dating and relationship violence
    • Tobacco
    • Other drugs
    • Positive alternatives to substance use and abuse
    • Suicide
  • Offers presentations and facilitates trainings for school faculty and students on topics related to mental health, SEL, strategies to support youth and family wellbeing, and related topics
  • Collects and maintains all appropriate student data and completes all required program reporting   

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Minimum of  a Master’s degree in counseling, social work or related field 

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