Personal Counselor

Position Name: Personal Counselor

Department: Counseling

Supervisor: Dean of Residential Life

Purpose: To provide competent mental health counseling at an international boarding school. Counseling would include: proper diagnosis and then treatment where possible and referral for medications or for medical treatment outside the school when the problem/concern is beyond the scope of the school personnel.

Preferred Academic Qualifications:

  • Clinical social worker or a clinical psychologist, preferably licensed, Professional Skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Capability of supporting the goals and mission of KIS through his/her personal philosophy
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of chemical dependency, eating disorders, attention deficit/ loss and other problems of adolescence necessary.
  • Active team player and ability to delegate and coordinate work.

Professional Experience:

  • At least 3 years’ experience.


  • Support KIS guiding principles
  • Meet with students on a one-on-one basis because of concerns regarding their mental health.
  • Meet with teachers, dorm parents, parents and administrators for collateral information and teaming.
  • Diagnose and treat the presenting or underlying problems (or disorders).
  • Refer for outside evaluation or recommend medical leave to administration when the problem is beyond the scope (training and expertise) of the counselor.
  • Maintain concise and accurate records of all contacts including, but not limited to: students or staff clients, parents, staff – either in person or by mail, email, telephone, etc.
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality in a school setting.
  • Provide group counseling when it is the treatment of choice.
  • Establish and lead groups such as: smoking, drinking, bullying, anger, feelings, and socialization.
  • Direct and supervise Peers (formerly Peer Counseling).
  • Provide in-services to the staff on various mental health concerns.
  • Be available for consultation with staff and administration.
  • Facilitate dorm parent discussions on boundaries, discipline, sexuality, etc., and present on such topics as requested. Work with dorm parents as support and advice on handling student concerns and behavior.
  • Respond to emergencies after school hours which includes evenings and weekends.
  • Work as part of a team with the School Doctor.
  • Make sure the “Policies and Procedures” of counseling are followed.
  • Provide supervision and evaluations for other counselors (if there are more than one counselors), minimally on a once-a-cycle basis. Assure competent professional service and complete and accurate record-keeping.
  • Consult with the administration regarding discipline of students and staff; handling staff issues and concerns; and action on students with mental health issues.

To be considered for the position, please do the following:

  • Download application form (click here)
  • Fill-in the required information
  • Email the completed form along with CV / Resume and letter of interest to: stating the position applied for in the subject line

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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