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School Counsellor (For Applicants without Counselling Training)

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Agency: Ministry of Education
Job no.: 541642
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Education, Public Relations/Corporate Communications/Psychology, Social and Community Development, Conciliation/ Mediation

The wealth of a nation lies in its people - their commitment to country and community, their willingness to strive and persevere, their ability to think, achieve and excel. Our future depends on our continually renewing and regenerating our leadership and citizenry, building upon the experience of the past, learning from the circumstances of the present, and preparing for the challenges of the future. How we bring up our young at home and teach them in school will shape Singapore in the next generation.

The mission of the Education Service is to mould the future of the nation, by moulding the people who will determine the future of the nation. The Service will provide our children with a balanced and well-rounded education, develop them to their full potential, and nurture them into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to family, society and country.

Job Description

As a School Counsellor, your primary role is to work with staff, students, parents, external professionals and community agencies to provide quality school counselling support for students’ mental health, and social-emotional development.

Your key roles and responsibilities include:

System Support:

  • Developing suitable school counselling programme including a system for needs analysis, early identification and referral of students with mental health issues and social, emotional and behavioural problems
  • Advising school management on school counselling matters
  • Providing consultation as well as planning and conducting training for staff and parents on pertinent mental health issues and skills for first-line intervention and support
  • Networking with relevant external professionals and community agencies
  • Evaluating and reporting to school management on the state of student mental health in the school, and effectiveness of the school counselling programme

2.    Preventive Programme:

  • Developing and conducting small and large group psycho-educational sessions for students on mental health issues and healthy coping strategies
  • Developing and/or making available mental health resources for students, parents and staff

3.    Responsive Services:

  • Providing individual and group counselling to students
  • Conference with staff, parents and external professionals / agencies on students being counselled, and conduct home visits where necessary
  • Looking into the referral of students and their families to community resources or external professionals where needed
  • Providing direct crisis intervention and follow-up to students affected by critical incidents
  • Maintaining case consultation records and proper documentation
  • Providing regular updates to school management on progress of students being seen for counseling

Training

Successful candidates will undergo a foundational training programme provided by the Ministry before deployment to school as a School Counsellor. The training aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to support our students with their social and emotional needs.  The cost of the training will be borne by the Ministry and participants will receive a full monthly salary while undergoing the training.

Job Requirements

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Preferably at least one year of full-time working experience in education, counselling and/or volunteer work involving children and youths.
  • Applicants should hold a tertiary qualification. Those without a tertiary qualification and with relevant experience/expertise may also apply.

Please be informed that only short-listed applicants will be notified for interview.

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