Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an experienced School Counselor to join the Health Services team for the 2021-2022 academic year. The School Counselor provides mental health support, assessment, triage, and referrals for students. The School Counselor also provides a skilled resource on campus for adults including faculty, staff, administrators, and dorm parents. This is a part-time (.5 FTE) position reporting to the full-time School Counselor.
Crisis counseling and assessment: assess for suicidality, self-injurious behavior, depression, anxiety, and/or any other potentially dangerous/high risk states;
Psycho-social assessments and treatment planning: assess current mental health status of students, their needs, and appropriate treatment plan;
Collaborate with appropriate individuals to discuss and plan for students in psycho-social crisis or challenging states;
Refer students to outside professionals, psychotherapists, psychopharmocologists, and nutritionists; with assistance from the Health Services Administrative Assistant, schedule appointments with therapists, arrange transportation, and communicate with parents on how to proceed;
Meet with students for short term counseling around specific issues such as school adjustment, stress, self-esteem, or issues resulting from disciplinary measures;
Facilitate life skills groups addressing mood management skills/emotion regulation, body image, self-care, etc.;
Provide case management of individual caseload of students receiving mental health support;
Present at various Health Seminars (i.e. meditation, eating disorders, etc.) as determined in consultation with the full-time School Counselor;
Act as a consultant to adults on campus;
Support students and attend or engage in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances; and
Other duties as assigned.
Skills & Qualifications
Master’s Degree in a related clinical field required;
1 - 3 years’ experience working with adolescents;
Ability to handle highly sensitive information with discretion and keep high standards of confidentiality;
Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve;
Exhibit capacity to routinely assess, assist, and escalate student issues as needed;
Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community;
Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations and commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work.
Ability to work with, and respond effectively to, the needs of a wide range of community members;
Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills;
Strong verbal, written, and computer skills; proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office; and
Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill.
About Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.
Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice.