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Student Assistant Program Counselor

The Youth Council

For 42 years, The Youth Council has been helping greater Nashua families build the skills they need to be strong, effective parents, raising children and teens that make good decisions and stay on track. Today we provide the safety net of support the local community relies on when a child is suspended from school, arrested for a minor offense, experimenting with alcohol and other drugs or having a tough time with peers, relationships, mental health issues and the like. We help real people with real problems find solutions. For more information, see

The Youth Council is seeking a full time Master-level Student Assistance Program Counselor to serve Nashua High School students modeled after Project Success and its program components in order to:

  • Work with guidance counselors, administrators, school nurses and faculty to identify students at-risk for alcohol and other drug use.
  • Conduct Drug/Alcohol screening and intervention for students.
  • Assist students to set goals and develop action plans for improving their success.
  • Link youth to school-based and community-based services to facilitate goal attainment and develop an ongoing support network.
  • Check-in and provide individual support to help students take ownership of their goals and motivate them to attend groups.
  • Provide school-based groups using the Project Success social learning model, include students in groups that are at risk for alcohol and drug use, in recovery, parents, etc.
  • Provide support to families.
  • Provide case management and aftercare services to students going to and returning from treatment.
  • Communicate with guidance counselors, teachers and parents as appropriate to ensure maximum success of each student.
  • Provide consultation to school psychologists and guidance counselors as needed.

This is a full time school-year position, with reduced hours expected over the summer. The SAP will be expected to earn a Certified Prevention Specialist credential, participate in state-level trainings, and engage with local substance misuse prevention efforts.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with children, teens and families, commitment to self-care, exceptional communication skills, comfort with computers and a sense of humor. NH master-level LCMHC/LICSW preferred but will consider experienced candidates working toward licensure.

How to Apply:

Competitive salary and benefits, family-friendly work environment. Please forward cover letter and resume to: Betsy Houde, Executive Director at EOE.

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Date Added: June 28, 2017

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