Brehm Preparatory School
  • 08-Nov-2019 to 09-Dec-2019 (CST)
  • Carbondale, IL, USA
  • TBD
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Based on working hours




Since 1982, Brehm Preparatory School, Inc. has empowered students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential. Designed around the way each child learns best, an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP) integrates cognitive, academic, social, and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the whole child.

Brehm's caring, highly qualified faculty and staff welcome students in grades 6 through 12+ into a dynamic new learning environment brimming with optimism. Working quickly to break down barriers, build trust, and rebuild self-confidence, they embrace students in a nurturing boarding school environment where each child feels accepted and supported.

This holistic experience produces students with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective self-advocates and independent learners able to succeed in school, find fulfilling careers, and lead balanced multi-faceted lives. Brehm Preparatory School invites applicants for the position of Counselor


Position Description

The Counselor is responsible for supporting the social and emotional needs of OPTIONS students through a variety of means and methods. The Counselor will work with the Clinical Coordinator to communicate, collaborate and plan with OPTIONS staff, nursing staff, students and parents as it relates to a student's emotional and/or behavioral needs.


  • Provide individualized therapeutic support and short-term counseling for students
  • Provide crisis intervention and clinical assessment, as needed
  • Lead or engage in interactive problem solving with students and colleagues
  • Document interactions with clients and provide appropriate follow-up
  • Support healthy interactions among students, faculty, and other staff members
  • Communicate and provide collateral support with students' families, as appropriate
  • Communicate and coordinate with the Clinical Team and other consulting professionals
  • Inform and collaborate with medical personnel regarding the relative success of student medication
  • Provide information, direction, and guidance to other school personnel
  • Design, coordinate, implement and evaluate behavioral interventions
  • Incorporate diagnostic and assessment information into treatment goals and strategies
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and on-call rotation
  • Actively pursue professional development
  • Complete other duties as assigned 
  • Conduct weekly, and as needed, group meetings with students
  • Ongoing development and facilitation of a variety of life skills meetings pertaining to independent living issues
  • Act as a student advisor to assigned caseload, communicating with parent's updates pertaining to independent living areas of program
  • Conduct weekly courses or training seminars as assigned
  • Review diagnostic and test data recommendations for the implementation of counseling strategies and overall Programming recommendations
  • Participate in Intake interviews, as needed by Admissions 
  • Communicate with Clinical Coordinator pertaining to student medication regime and effectiveness, as reported by staff, parents and students at OPTIONS
  • Participate in weekly OPTIONS Team Meetings
  • Actively pursue professional development through professional review, conferences, workshops, educational courses, readings, and formal and informal assessment of instruction, professional goals, and effectiveness of interaction with student, parents, and colleagues

Skill Set:

  • Knowledge of personality theories, counseling practices, and standard treatment modalities
  • Working knowledge of child & adolescent development
  • Ability to lead and engage in interactive problem-solving
  • Fluency with behavior theory and application of current behavior management principles
  • Development, planning, and implementation of short- and long-term goals in conjunction with the best practices of the profession
  • Program planning and implementation
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures
  • Instruction and/or supervision of students and/or colleagues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Production of thorough yet concise written documentation
  • Organization of resources and establishment of priorities
  • Superior time management, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Poise, clarity, and effectiveness in high pressure or emergency situations
  • Ability to model and to teach age-appropriate social skills

Educational Requirements:  

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, or another human service discipline. License preferred; license eligibility required.


  • Documented experience with young adults with disabilities

Work Hours:  

  • Part-time, 20-25 hours per week, excluding holidays and calendar breaks
  • Mid-day and evenings; including weekends and some shared on-call
  • Year-round position


  • No travel away from home required


  • Based on working hours

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to meet the Illinois State Board of Education employment requirements including pass a physical exam, TB test, background check


Please submit your resume, cover letter, official transcripts, and 3 professional references directly to the Director of Human Resources via or mail submissions to the address below. Brehm Preparatory School, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.


Director of Human Resources

Brehm Preparatory School

950 S. Brehm Lane

Carbondale, IL 62901

Brehm Preparatory School
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