Well-Being Counselor - Monument Academy - Washington, DC

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: Amanda Loiacano

Well-Being Counselor

Job Description and Responsibilities
Unique opportunity to be at an innovative charter boarding school targeting foster care youth

About Monument Academy
Working with the most at-risk adolescents and established on an innovative model integrating excellent academics with evidence-based, trauma-informed practices, Monument Academy is a weekday boarding school that opened in the 2015-2016 and has a 5th and 6th grade and 80 students. The school is currently authorized to expand to 8th grade and maintains the goal of growing through high school so that students will graduate from Monument Academy.

The mission of Monument Academy is to provide students, particularly those who have had or might have contact with the foster care system, with the requisite academic, social, emotional, and life skills to be successful in college, career, and community, and to create an outstanding school that attracts, supports, and retains exceptional and caring people. Monument Academy will fulfill its mission by providing stability, adult connection, high-quality academics, therapeutic support, and life skills for pre-teens and teens. Monument Academy graduates will be prepared for post-secondary education, on a career trajectory, and have the social, emotional, and self-care skills to maintain a healthy, connected, and economically self-supporting life.

About the Position
As a member of the well-being team, the Well-being Counselor play an integral role in the school and the continued development and implementation of a mission-aligned Well-Being program throughout all aspects of the school. Because this is a school and not clinical office, responsibilities include, but are not limited, to providing therapy and counseling to students. Monument Academy Well-Being Counselors consult with the senior leadership team, the faculty, the staff of the residential program, external partners and service providers, as well as with parents and students in order to ensure streamlined communication and service delivery. They participate fully in the conversations around student progress and the development and review of students’ personalized learning plans. They also participate in all-school professional development and staff committee assignments (which may include PBIS, safety, staff morale and other committees). Each Well-being Counselor will ensure that student needs are also being met through universal large group, targeted small groups, and individual level interventions aligned with school data and student need. The Well-Being Counselor will report to the Director of Well-Being. 

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Promote Monument Academy’s core values and model the highest behavior standards for staff and student at all times
• Create and maintain a comprehensive school well-being program including the planning and delivery of universal, secondary, and tertiary level interventions
• Lead training for and be an ongoing resource for teachers, student life staff, parents, external partners, and all other Monument Academy staff in understanding adolescent development, Psycho-educational evaluation and/or mental health assessment data, and delivering student-level interventions to ensure seamless delivery and consistency for the student in all areas of the school
• Track and analyze student level data with Monument Academy staff to make adjustments to personalized learning and well-being plans
• Provide evidenced-based individual and group therapy to a caseload of 12-15 at-risk middle school students
• Write clinical case notes, intake forms, treatment plans, IEP notes, and track progress on therapy and IEP goals using evidence based measures
• Provide thorough case management for up to all students on caseload
• Participate in 504 Plan, Individualized Education Plan (IEP’s), Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) meetings and Staffing for students in caseload or as determined by the Director of Well Being
• Coordinate with external service providers as necessary with regard to individual student caseloads (e.g, CFSA caseworker, Guardian ad Litem, lawyers, probation officers, CHAMPS, etc.)
• Maintain confidential counseling records for all students and families receiving treatment services and submit monthly reports to the Director of Well-Being
• Provide additional support for students with elevated social and emotional needs
• Monitor the adequate development and implementation of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Implementation Plans (BIP)
• Monitor and implement the appropriate use of protocols for emergencies while on site
• Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school and mental health communities
• Present cases in clinical team meetings with other counselors and the Director of Wellbeing, and provide feedback to other case presentations
• Present in areas of expertise during didactic training and professional development
• Conduct home visits with another staff member as needed
• Participate in school-wide committees and activities (e.g., family days, celebrations, field trips)
Some responsibilities vary based upon the shift. Please be sure to indicate in your cover letter the shift(s) to which you are applying.
• Shift 1: 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (full-time)
• Shift 2: 4:00 p.m.- 9:30pm Sunday-Thursday (part-time)

Character Traits and Values

• Commitment to the mission of Monument Academy
• Emotional self-regulation, patience, maturity and humility
• Ability to take initiative and ownership of role and responsibilities
• Excellent people skills
• Respect for students, families, and staff
• Ability to accept feedback
• Proactive and able to anticipate issues and manage unanticipated events with thoughtfulness and grace
• Commitment to positive and strengths-based behavioral approaches
• Strong sense of ethical psychotherapy principles and confidentiality
• Commitment to teamwork

Experience, Credentials, and Skills

• Licensed Social Worker, Family Mental Health Counselor or School Psychologist with training and/or experience in child and adolescent development and adult learning
• Master’s degree in mental health field (psychology, social work, etc.) with a license or certificate to practice mental health (LICSW, LPC, Certified School Psychologist, etc.) in the District of Columbia
• 3-5 years of work experience in a school setting or program (preferably residential) that works directly with at-risk youth, preferably in an urban/diverse educational setting
• 1-3 years of experience providing individual and group therapy to youth and demonstrated success with urban and/or diverse adolescents with high social emotional needs
• Experience working with traumatized youth
• Cultural competency in working with students and families from different racial, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual orientation backgrounds
• Ability to connect with families/caregivers
• Experience with family therapy a plus
• Experience working with or knowledge of the foster care system a plus
• Experience working with students with special needs and technical knowledge of special education policies a plus
• Excellent quantitative and analytical skills for understanding and interpreting data to inform instruction and other practices
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
• Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize, delegate, manage time and tasks to meet deadlines
• Proven track record working collaboratively with a team

Location: Washington, D.C.


Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Monument Academy is committed to its policy of full inclusion and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, or admissions policies.

To Apply
Please apply online and submit your resume and cover letter at www.monumentacademy.org
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