Mental Health Counselor (20 views)

Lakeville, CT
November 5, 2021

The Hotchkiss School seeks an independently licensed mental health counselor for an immediate opening. This is a full-time 9-month position, reporting to the Director of Counseling. The counselor will hold a caseload of students, participate in regular on-call shifts for off-hour emergencies in a 24/7 Health Center, and be available to consult with families and colleagues as needed. In addition to working Monday through Friday, there are additional evening and weekend commitments including shared on-call responsibilities. On-call responsibilities include being reachable and available within a 1-hour radius.

As a member of the counseling team, the position works collaboratively with Health Center mental health counselors, consulting psychiatrist, and health center staff. Counseling responsibilities include providing individual and group counseling to students, communicating with parents, faculty members, outside providers, and performing effective case management services and case coordination. Excellent documentation is required in our electronic medical record.

A master’s degree in clinical social work preferred or an advanced degree in clinical or counseling psychology with a specialization in adolescent population and experience which supports culturally responsive frameworks and treatment modalities. The successful candidate must have demonstrated expertise in cultural and identity-based experiences and will have experience working with adolescents and families, with preference given to applicants with five or more years of clinical experience and familiarity with evidence-based strategies in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and ability to provide culturally responsive treatment
  • Experience with trauma-informed care
  • Five or more years of relevant experience providing counseling services to adolescents
  • Extensive knowledge of adolescent development and mental health issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, with the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong knowledge of the ethical and legal considerations related to counseling practices.
  • Commitment to the school’s mission, values, and vision.
  • The candidate must obtain licensure within twelve months of working in CT State.

Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and education level.

Application Information:
Through the online application process, located at, interested candidates should submit a cover letter that addresses interest in counseling at Hotchkiss with particular focus on the ability and interest in working with adolescents in an intentionally diverse and inclusive residential community. Applicants should also submit their résumé, relevant college and graduate school transcripts, and contact information for three references. The School is committed to building and supporting a diverse community where all feel safe, seen, and supported. Successful applicants will address their ability to contribute to a warm, inclusive, and exciting learning environment. APPLY NOW!

Additional Information:
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.

Given the persistent risks of the spread of the Covid-19 virus — risks that are heightened due to the emergence of more highly transmissible variants — all employees of the School are required to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work as a condition of employment. Employees who are unable to receive the vaccine due to disability, medical condition, or a sincerely held religious belief may request an exemption, which will be reviewed by the School to determine the availability of any reasonable accommodations.

The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline and termination).

In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Department: Counseling
Reports to: Director of Counseling
Schedule: Academic year (9 months), administrative faculty
Travel: Rare

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