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  • Date posted

    June 19, 2024

  • Hiring location

    Gauteng Johannesburg


Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory School

Psychologist - January 2025

St John’s College is a world-class Christian, African school situated on a magnificent campus in Houghton, Johannesburg, offering quality education from Nursery School to Post-Matric. The school has an outstanding academic record, entering candidates for IEB and the Cambridge A Level examinations.

St John’s Preparatory & Pre-Preparatory forms part of St John’s College and offers an excellent academic curriculum which is enriched with music, art, drama and sport. The Pre-Preparatory caters to boys from Grade 0 to 2, whilst the Preparatory caters to boys from Grade 3 to 7 and has an excellent record in preparing them for their College careers.

We are looking for an experienced Psychologist to join our in-house team of therapists. This individual will have the ability to build rapport with our students, exercise outstanding judgement and delineate clear boundaries. The successful candidate must have outstanding communication skills and have the ability to thrive in a demanding, youth-focused environment, committed to growing boys in body, mind and character. They will also provide timeous, tailored, professional support to our boys, their parents and our academic staff, as part of an integrated team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide counselling services to students
  • Conduct student observations and/or functional behaviour analysis for students who have behavioural issues
  • Assist in coordinating events that support and train families with students identified as at risk
  • Assist in interpreting information and recommendations from psycho-educational evaluations, including cognitive and scholastic achievement testing
  • Collaborate with the pastoral team, teacher(s) and other relevant staff in developing behaviour plans to ensure students’ progress through the right supports and interventions
  • Collaborate with the leadership team in overall parent communication with regard to all students, including at-risk students or students receiving counselling services, where appropriate
  • Maintain case history records and prepare reports where appropriate
  • Design and implement wellbeing awareness programmes for students, staff and parents
  • Assist with crisis management for students in need of this support
  • Prepare students and families for referrals to external professional therapists, where necessary
  • Weekly case discussion with the psychology team,and meeting with the Headmaster when appropriate

Therapeutic Interventions:

  • Provide individual and or group therapeutic counselling support for students, staff and parents as required
  • Provide appropriate referrals to students, staff and parents when the need arises
  • Work closely with the psychology team regarding individual case management
  • Liaise with other professionals in order to provide the best level of intervention
  • Be available as an avenue of emotional support
  • Assist, when appropriate, in conflict resolution
  • Assist, when appropriate, in crisis interventions with staff and students
  • Keep process notes of interventions
  • Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to his or her own professional development
  • Effective time management and excellent organisational skills
  • A positive, collaborative attitude and approach to change and development

Minimum requirements:

  • A Masters degree in Psychology
  • Current registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • A minimum of three years relevant experience
  • An awareness, understanding and experience of issues relating to safeguarding the health, welfare and safety of students
  • The ability to take the initiative, to seek advice where necessary and to work effectively as part of a team
  • A good awareness of recent trends in curriculum content, aims, objectives and assessment
  • A sound awareness of HPCSA code of ethics and conduct
  • A solid awareness of RSA laws pertinent to a school environment

Please complete the link by 15 July 2024 to apply for the position.

At St John’s College, we are committed to proactive safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. All staff and volunteers who have access to children will be vetted in accordance with the St John’s College safeguarding policy. This policy stipulates that staff and volunteers are required to undergo all the necessary background checks in keeping with the requirements for safeguarding and child protection in South Africa and all staff perform duties in accordance with our school’s HR Policies.

The school reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. The appointment of candidates is at the sole discretion of St John’s College, taking into account factors such as St John’s College Employment Equity Policy. Applications are welcomed from South African citizens only or persons with a valid work permit. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from St John’s College within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful in your application

St John’s College, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.

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