Counsellor for Secondary Section, Hong Kong

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Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) Hong KongHong Kong

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Contract Term: 2 years renewable

Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) is a private independent, non-denominational, co-educational day school established in 2004 under the auspices of the Victoria Shanghai Education Foundation Limited, a registered charitable body.

VSA is an IB World School and the first in Hong Kong authorised to deliver three of the International Baccalaureate Programmes, providing a “through-train” IB education for students aged 6 to 18. The Primary School was authorised as an IB Primary Years Programme school in December 2005. In the Secondary School, the Middle Years Programme (“MYP”) and Diploma Programme (“DP”) were authorised in December 2006 and June 2007 respectively.

VSA emphasizes a holistic approach to education, at the heart of which is inquiry-based learning and teaching. The Primary School offers a bilingual education (English and Putonghua); the Secondary School curriculum is delivered in English and supplemented by a strong Chinese programme.

VSA has approximately 1,860 students and a total faculty size of 184. In Secondary, there are 88 faculty members, more than half of whom are expatriate staff.

VSA is accredited by CIS and NEASC. More information about Victoria Shanghai Academy can be found here:

VSA is now recruiting an enthusiastic and committed Counsellor for the school year beginning August 2018.

The counsellor will work primarily with secondary students but also with staff, parents, community professionals and other agencies to provide school-based counselling support for students’ mental health and social-emotional development.

Key responsibilities:

1. School support.

  • Contribute to the school counselling programme, including but not limited to needs analysis, screening / early identification and referral of students with mental health needs and social, emotional and behavioural problems
  • Provide consultation for staff and contribute to training for staff and parents on issues related to mental health and wellbeing
  • Work with relevant community professionals and agencies as needed to support students
  • Provide crisis management support as necessary

2. Preventative Programmes.

  • Develop and conduct psycho-educational sessions for students on mental health issues
  • Develop and make available mental health resources for students, parents and staff

3. Responsive Services.

  • Provide individual and group counselling to students
  • Work with staff, parents and community professionals and other agencies regarding students in counselling
  • Develop safety plans for individual students as necessary
  • Liaise with the learning support departments on students with learning issues.
  • Provide direct crisis intervention and follow-up for students affected by critical incidents

The ideal candidate will have

  • A professional counselling qualification such as a Diploma or a Masters degree in counselling
  • A minimum of one year's work experience in socio-emotional counselling with adolescents (ages 10 to 19). Previous school counseling experience an advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Cantonese an advantage

Applicants please download and complete the application form and email along with a statement of the educational philosophy and full resume to the Secondary Principal ( by 20 February 2018.

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. (Personal data collected will be used for recruitment-related purposes only)

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More about Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) Hong Kong
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: 19 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 3402 1100
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