School Social Worker/Mental Health Counsellor

EF Academy
Job LocationUS


Location: Pasadena, CA

The School Social Worker/Mental Health Counsellor position is full-time and reports to the Deputy Head of School for Student Services and Residential Life. The person in this role will work collaboratively with the student services and residential life teams to ensure students are well cared for emotionally and psychologically.

Together as a team, the School Social Worker, Residential Life Team and Student Services Team, create a community where students feel safe and supported. We safeguard trust with a real family feel that makes our school a home away from home.

EF Academy Ethos: We take our responsibility of ‘in loco parentis’ very seriously. When students are in our care, they are the most important thing in the world. Every interaction with them should come from the heart. We offer our students a second home. They join an extended family that cares for them, nurtures them and encourages them to become their best selves.


  • Maintain a caseload of students who are either at-risk, at-need, or those who would benefit from short-term weekly 1:1 therapy sessions.
  • Use the appropriate confidential student information system to keep up-to-date notes and records on students who are receiving therapeutic support or intervention.
  • Communicate with families, when appropriate, to discuss support needs of students.
  • Play a key role in creating a school-wide culture which places the safety and well-being of its students at the forefront.
  • Run group sessions and interest groups.
  • Crisis Intervention, which will involve being prepared to be flexible in being available to support in crisis situations.
  • Perform clinical assessments of students.
  • Generate individualized treatment plans for students in accordance with best evidence-based
  • practice with reference to academic and familial expectations.
  • Attend and contribute to weekly Wellness Meetings with the relevant faculty and staff to discuss ongoing relationships, progress, and referrals.
  • Establish connections with local support services and community resources, such as police, hospitals, therapists, nutritionists, mental health professionals and any other relevant community resources.
  • Refer students to community resources, if needed.
  • Provide advice and support to teachers in creating curricula and providing instruction that supports the social and emotional health of the students.
  • Lead and support in full faculty and staff training sessions throughout the academic year.
  • Contribute to school policies and protocols regarding student safety, wellbeing and crisis management.
  • Meet with potential student applicants who have disclosed mental health history or needs to assess their suitability and evaluate and support their transition to our school, if they are accepted.
  • Participate in and attend school events to support students and develop our sense of community.
  • Other duties may be assigned as required


  • Experience in a residential setting or with international students strongly preferred.
  • A current LCSW, LPCC or PsyD license in the State of California.
  • Specialism in School Social Work preferred.
  • Completion of Mandated Reporter training.
  • Ability and desire to work during hours when students are not in class, including early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Be a motivated and flexible team player that is ready to work towards the good of the community.

Social Work: Industry Professional Shares Tips and Tidbits

Industry professional, Gayleah Richmond, LCSW, joined us for our webinar Positioning Yourself for Success in Social Work, where she candidly shared her experiences in the field, what to look out for when entering her industry, and more.

Related Industries: Social Work

In Case You Missed It: Event Highlights

Check out some of our recent events that provided learners and job seekers with opportunities to learn from industry experts.

Related Industries: All Industries, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Product Management, Social Work, Technology Project Management