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Job Description
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Closing date: 30 June 2023

College Counsellor


Our College Counsellors play a vital role in the safety and well-being of our pupils. The successful applicant will be expected to offer support to pupils across the College, drawing on their range of professional techniques. The College aims to provide all pupils with access to an appropriately confidential counselling service in which to explore their emotional health. They work as part of a broader Pupil Services team helping ensure 

that our pupils feel protected, safe and secure so they can achieve their potential. As well as offering individualised support, the Counsellor will play an important role in the proactive approach to well-being across the College, supporting the community in developing their approaches to and understanding adolescent mental health. As our provision develops, there is potential for leadership responsibilities in this role for the right candidate.

Main Responsibilities: 

• Provide 1 to-1 or group counselling sessions to pupils from across the College, who may be self, teacher or parent-referred, focusing on social andemotional well-being. 

• Provide psychological interventions to pupil(s) using a range of suitable techniques. 

• Be able to offer support and guidance to families of pupils who require support. 

• Help with the development of strategies for pupils to use in their interactions around the College. 

Safeguarding & Mental Health 

• Uphold and promote the Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy, and assist the Designated Safeguarding Lead with regular review of this policy. 

• Act in accordance with the College’s Counselling Policy, particularly regarding confidentiality and clinical supervision. 

• Meet with the Designated Safeguarding Lead on a regular basis. 

• Participate in risk assessments led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead for pupils. 


Pastoral Care 

• Liaise with the Core Pastoral Team on pastoral care for pupils of concern. 

• Work with Heads of Year to ensure the well-being of pupils in their year groups. 

• To attend pupil-centred meetings to provide updates on pupils receiving counselling support. 

• Assist all staff to promote pupil well-being, in particular, academic staff to ensure learning is accessible to all. 



• Have an active presence around the school, engaging with all students on a regular basis. 

• Work with the Core Pastoral Team to support community education on adolescent mental health and well-being. 

• Work closely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead to provide CPD to allow colleagues to understand & support the emotional needs of students. 

• Collaborate with teachers and other school staff to develop and implement social and emotional learning programmes and activities. 

• Attend general staff briefings and meetings.


• Assist the Designated Safeguarding Lead with a termly impact report on the counselling service within the College. 

• Maintain notes and records in accordance with the College’s Safeguarding & Child Protection policy and professional protocols. 

• Assist with the development of resources relevant to pupil mental health and wellbeing. 

• Communicate effectively with students, parents, and the wider community. 



• Cultivate relationships with providers of mental health support in Shanghai. 

• Attend professional development workshops and conferences to stay current with best practices in social and emotional counselling. 

• Regularly receive supervision from a qualified supervisor. 


Person Specification 

  • Master’s degree in psychology, social work or counselling, or with substantial experience post-undergraduate degree 

  • Essential - Highly developed organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining quality and meeting timeframes 

  • Essential - A commitment to teamwork and collaboration 

  • Essential - Confidence in liaising with colleagues, parents and outside professionals 

  • Essential - Minimum 3 years experience in counselling and case management in a school setting

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