Counselor, Student Assistance Program

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Location: Beverly, MA
Job ID: 169957-1A
Date Posted: Dec 7, 2021
Category: Clinical Support

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Our team delivers quality care to clients and families in more than 30 communities throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. Our mission is to provide personal, compassionate, state-of-the-art, integrated behavioral healthcare that makes a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. Our services include mental health counseling, addiction treatment, and family and school-based services.


About the Job

The Student Assistance Program was created to maximize the ability of students to achieve academic success and social competency and to promote a healthy school environment by reducing the stigma associated with mental health concerns. Counselors are embedded into the school system to support students throughout their school day. Our Counselors provide a safe place for students to seek help, offer valuable input to parents and school staff and provide appropriate outside referrals. Direct therapeutic support is offered to address behavioral and emotional issues that interfere with their success in the classroom through individual and group work, classroom activities and community initiatives. Additionally, the Counselors have an impact on school culture by offering presentations to their students on diverse topics such as bullying, substance use and suicide prevention.

The ideal candidate is a good communicator that is flexible and able to form relationships with colleagues and collaborate with school staff to engage students and make a difference in their future.

SAP Responsibilities:

  • Provides school counseling, direct therapeutic individual and/or group support to students, for a service period of 41 weeks; mirroring the school calendar.
  • Coordinate closely with school support staff, faculty, and administration to deliver services and with parents/caregivers as needed.
  • Assess academic and family needs; provides referrals to support services in school and to community providers as needed
  • Provide triage support as needed.
  • Facilitate prevention education activities via classroom presentations, assemblies, campaigns, etc. that address youth substance abuse, suicide prevention and other topics related to mental health.
  • Attend individual and group supervision, and other required meetings
  • Represents the program at various agency and community events ( and school health fairs, focus groups, coalitions, etc).


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related field.
  • License preferred.

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 2:30 PM. (30 hours per week) Based at Ipswich High School.

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.