Summer Mental Health Counselor


Professional staff members play an instrumental role in the success of our Students Teaching Students model. BTGB is seeking part-time Summer Counselors at each of our campuses: Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. At each campus the Summer Counselor will be responsible for supporting our students’ social-emotional health. The Summer Counselor trains and supports our teachers and professional staff in that effort and reports directly to the Manager or Director of Student Services of their campus.


Direct Clinical Service and Support

Provide individual counseling support to students

Support and facilitate social emotional learning groups using curriculum from Harvard’s PEAR institute

Identify and appropriately support student mental health issues, making outside referrals as needed

Observe in classes and during community times

Keep accurate records of individual and small group counseling activity

Write a brief end of summer report summarizing your work with each student

Respond to urgent situations and work with professional staff members to manage mental health crises

Training and Ongoing Support of Teaching Fellows

Lead a pre-summer workshop(s) focused on adolescent development, trauma-informed practices and building relationships with students; provide ongoing coaching throughout the summer

Co-facilitate weekly Student Support Team Meetings with Breakthrough staff and Teaching Fellows during Professional Development time from 3:00-4:30pm.


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Experience as a counselor with public middle school or high school students in a diverse setting, preferably on a full-time basis for at least two years

Excellent interpersonal skills, especially the ability to communicate and collaborate with college students

Creativity, energy, flexibility, organization and strong work ethic

Master’s degree required

Preferred licensures: LICSW, LCSW, LMHC, MSW, PhD

Familiarity with the Breakthrough model or Cambridge, Boston or Somerville Public Schools a plus


This role takes place at one of our three sites in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. Programming does not take place at our central office in Kendall Square.


Boston: New Mission High School (Hyde Park, Boston)

Cambridge: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (459 Broadway, Cambridge)

Somerville: John F. Kennedy School (15 Cherry Street, Somerville)

Summer Program Hours:

Student Hours: Monday through Friday 8:15-3pm

Faculty Meeting and Professional Development Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3-4:30pm Wednesdays 1pm-4:30pm

Counselor Working Hours:

25-35 hours per week from July 8th-August 9th

Exact hours will be mutually decided upon by the Summer Counselor and Senior Director of Student Services.

Example Schedule:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (on site): 9 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday (on site): 10am to 4:30pm

1-2 hours of take-home work each week

10-20 hours outside of these dates


Pre-summer campus orientation

Teaching Fellow Orientation

Summer Kick-off

During the Summer:

Family Night



To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in Breakthrough Greater Boston and relevant skills/experience to [email protected] with the subject line “Summer Counselor.” If you are only interested in applying for one site (Boston, Cambridge or Somerville), please include that in your cover letter. Otherwise, your application will be considered for all sites. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will begin to fill positions as early as March, so it is best to submit your application as soon as possible.

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Thank you for your interest in Breakthrough Greater Boston!

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  • Nadira Fant
    published this page in Job Board 2024-04-15 11:14:44 -0400