Staff Counselor/Psychologist, Focus on Serving BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Students

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 15, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
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About the Position

The Mental Health Counselor/Staff Psychologist provides mental health assessment and counseling services to all undergraduate, law, and graduate students. The successful candidate will have a specific focus on working with historically underrepresented students including Black/African American, Indigenous/First Nations, Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Multiracial and other students of color, and/or students who identify as LGBTQIA+. The candidate will have an understanding of the strengths of these students, as well as the impact that inequality, prejudice, and marginalization can have on people from historically underserved populations The mental health counselor/staff psychologist will have the skills and experience in therapy, consultation and outreach to provide culturally responsive care and will collaborate with campus and community partners to engage in meaningful psycho-educational outreach to promote student success and well-being.

Additionally, this position requires strong, generalist clinical skills to assess and intervene with a wide range of presenting student concerns within a time-limited treatment model. The mental health counselor/staff psychologist conducts initial assessments, group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, risk assessment, consultation and referrals. Service provision includes face-to-face and tele-mental health services to students regarding problems relating to stress, developmental issues, career, academics, interpersonal concerns, trauma and other mental health concerns.

We seek candidates with evidence of training, expertise, commitment, and sustained engagement in working with Multiracial/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ students towards their personal development, well-being, and academic success, through culturally responsive individual, group and community interventions.

We are committed to developing our staff to more fully reflect the diversity of our student body and the society at large. Members of historically underrepresented groups in mental health professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin on October 5 and continue until the position is filled.

What You'll Do
  • Provide personal counseling services via time-limited individual, group and marital/couples therapy modalities. This includes crisis intervention, psycho-therapeutic, situational, relational, academic and developmental counseling.
  • Collaborate with Student Life staff, faculty, and administrators to provide support for historically underserved student populations including Black/African American, Indigenous/First Nations, Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Multi-racial and other students of color, first generation students, international students, and/or LGBTQIA+ students.
  • Provide assessment and diagnostic services related to developing effective treatment plans and making appropriate referrals of student clients; serve as an advocate and as a liaison in the referral of students to on- and off-campus resources.
  • Provide consultation services for students, faculty, parents and staff related to psychological issues. For example, responds to calls from faculty, staff, students and parents who are concerned about students-at-risk or students failing academically.
  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation (e.g. clinical notes) for all services, using the Counseling Service’s electronic health records system.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings; participate in regular supervision or consultation regarding cases; maintain knowledge of ethical and legal standards of care; provide all services in keeping with these standards. Obtain relevant continuing education to maintain license and develop professional skills.
  • Conduct and collaborate on psycho-educational workshops and preventive outreach for students, faculty and staff, particularly focused on the mental health needs of historically underrepresented student groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Must Haves
  • Master’s degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling or closely related field.
  • Licensed as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, or marriage & family therapist in Oregon, or able to obtain Oregon license prior to the first day of employment.
  • Minimum two years experience providing clinical services in mental health settings.
  • Evidence of sustained pursuit of knowledge and experience working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated experience providing culturally-informed clinical services to diverse and traditionally underserved student groups (e.g. BIPOC/Multicultural, LGBTQIA+, international students, first generation students).
  • Interest in engaging fully in the typical work of a college counseling center, including short-term counseling, group counseling, crisis work, outreach, consultation, and training.
Nice to Haves
  • Experience providing clinical services in a college mental health setting.

  • Experience and interest in providing group counseling, including both process oriented and skill building groups.

  • Experience and interest in providing clinical supervision to graduate clinicians-in-training.

Work Schedule
  • Weekdays
  • 37.5 hours per week August through May, 16 hour per week for 10 weeks of summer.
  • Benefit eligible: Yes

Pay Rate
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Physical Requirements
  • Stand, sit, walk, repetitive hand movements, talking, hearing

Directions for Cover Letter

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Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

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