This is a full-time position at 4 days/week.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Dating and relationship violence
- Other drugs
- Positive alternatives to substance use and abuse
- 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