The School Counselor utilizes leadership, advocacy and collaboration to promote students success, provide preventative services and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career and personal /Social development for all students. The counselor will consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
· Master’s Degree is required.
· Hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate with a Guidance Counselor (NT) Endorsement OR a School Guidance Counselor License issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
· Completion of a Michigan Department of Education (MDE) mandated clock hour internship with school-aged pupils under the supervision of a person who is a counselor educator in an approved school counseling program. At least half of the mandated clock hours shall be in a school setting.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Provide high quality support that aligns with the District’s educational vision and mission.
- Conduct individual and group counseling sessions to students with identified concerns and needs.
- Coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.
- Provide responsive services designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.
- Provide indirect services on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.
- Use available Technology/community resources to enhance school counseling program.
- Monitor student activities when appropriate
- Implement an effective referral and follow up process
- Identify cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting students’ development
- Research and provide special services programs and classes to students and parents i.e. alcohol and drug prevention, anti-bullying, parenting in a digital world, etc.
- Provide assistance with conflict resolution and crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at school or home.
- Encourage parents/students to seek additional assistance from outside mental health agencies, when necessary.
- Observe and evaluate student’s performance, classroom behavior, social development and physical health.
- Participate on Student Assistance Team (SAT) with district support services staff.
- Serve on the School Improvement Team and participate in other staff development activities.
- Consistently support and uphold school policies and procedures. Support the school and its leadership.
- Model self-discipline and ethical behavior. Present self in a professional manner through appropriate dress, communication techniques and demeanor.
- Communicate effectively with students, parents and others.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by Principal or designee.