Counsellor - Dover

United World College of South East Asia| Date Posted: 20-Jan-2021
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Job Description

UWCSEA Dover has a vacancy for August 2021 for a K-12 Counsellor (Personal & Socio-Emotional) to work with students across the K-12 campus & with an emphasis upon the early & primary years.

Main Responsibilities

  • Counsel individuals and small groups of children and young people through a range of therapeutic practices, using pedagogically appropriate practices
  • Work collaboratively with parents and families where a need has arisen that affects student wellbeing & learning (eg. Health concerns, prolonged absence, behavioural issues)
  • Work collaboratively with school leadership to design & develop wellbeing initiatives
  • Refer children and their parents to external counselling / psychological support agencies when needed 
  • Cultivate relationships & liaise with external therapists to strengthen the support team around the child
  • Be available to support individual staff members with advice that will improve the academic, social and emotional development of students.

Supporting professional development and community education

  • Help deliver professional workshops & education forums for the wider school community relating to social & emotional wellbeing. Examples of programmes could include Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, SafeTalk and Positive Parenting programs.
  • Work within a collaborative team for continuous development and cohesion of the K-12 Personal and Social Education Learning Program.


  •  Adhere to regulations and procedures relating to data protection and information security.
  • Ensuring CIMS (UWCSEA's bespoke student database) is used effectively to support students.
  • Prioritise and use data to proactively identify patterns and trends to inform focus areas for intervention 
  • Ensure accurate records of counselling sessions and safeguarding notes are maintained.

Person Specifications

  • A Graduate Diploma in Counselling, or a Master of Counselling or Psychology degree is essential. 
  • A formal teaching qualification would be desirable but is not essential.
  • Minimum 3 years counselling experience in early & primary years is essential
  • Experience in a K-12 school setting is preferred


  • Applicants should also have relevant experience of:
  • Designing and delivering presentations and workshops to a range of audiences.
  • Developing and working in partnership with external services to provide effective student support.
  • Counselling & play based approaches suitable for early & primary years
  • Collaboration in the design & facilitation of student support plans 
  • Working with a Boarding Community would be an advantage but is not essential


  • Deep understanding of student wellbeing, welfare & safeguarding.
  • Ability to assess risk of harm to self and others and to refer appropriately in such circumstances.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to developing positive working relationships and ability to function effectively and appropriately across cultures and to communicate and work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to bring people together to foster a culture of trust and efficacy in the ‘team around the child’.
  • Skills in conflict resolution, organization and problem solving
  • Ability to respond calmly & effectively to crisis situations involving student wellbeing.
  • Honesty, integrity, compassion, and a good sense of humour 
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills: written, spoken and public presentations.
  • Enthusiastic participation in Professional Learning, including supervision
  • Staff should be willing and eager to participate in the five key elements of a UWCSEA education: Academic; Personal & Social Education; Service; Activities; Outdoor Education.
  • Flexibility of approach and a collaborative style are essential.



Apply via our portal by Sunday, 20 January 2021.

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. 

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices and all appointments are subject to interview, satisfactory references, identity and criminal record checks.

UWCSEA is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

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