Triage/Crisis Therapist

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Join our counseling team at CU Boulder! Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) encourages applications for a Triage/Crisis Therapist . CAPS Crisis & Triage clinician is a fast-paced, dynamic clinical position that requires flexibility, multi-tasking, and strong crisis management skills. CAPS crisis/triage clinicians work in a highly collaborative team environment, meeting frequently to coordinate active/emergent situations, and to establish and revise clinic procedures with crisis care in mind. Counseling and Psychiatric Services requires all staff to integrate considerations and issues of Diversity and Social Justice in all assessment, treatment, referral, and training services provided.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CAPS fosters the well-being of students and helps them succeed by providing a full range of clinical services, consultation, and outreach to the campus community. We also offer outstanding training to the next generation of mental health professionals. CAPS is a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multi-theoretical staff. We are committed to affirming diversity and seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone we serve.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Face-to-Face/Direct Crisis Services
  • Provide front-line staffing of CAPS’ clinical triage system, including short-term, in-person and/or telehealth interventions & assessment of current mental health status to stabilize students in crisis & determine appropriate disposition. Consider/recommend appropriate level of care and inpatient hospitalization when indicated.
  • Initiate involuntary psychiatric holds when indicated based on Colorado mental health statutes.
  • Organize workflow according to presumed severity of presenting situations. Work closely with CAPS front desk staff to ensure all incoming requests are attended to and resolved.
  • Provide crisis stabilization to current clinic clients when their primary clinicians are unavailable or need crisis backup.
  • Carry small caseload of clients for mental health management purposes, employing recurring sessions when indicated to maintain client stability.
  • Develop strengths-based crisis and treatment plans that are responsive to client goals, needs, and resources, and promote resiliency and engagement with formal mental health services and other supportive resources within the CU Boulder community.
  • Support student populations who are traditionally underserved by current systems to increase motivation for and reduce barriers to engaging in recommended mental health and other supportive services.

Crisis Care Coordination
  • Provide crisis consultation to CAPS clinic staff in emergent situations as well as regarding ongoing care of high acuity clients.
  • Collaborate with multiple third-party/collateral agencies, university departments, and members of student’s community (family, friends, faculty, etc.) to assess crisis reports. Act in a consultative capacity to recommend appropriate crisis responses.
  • Track students who are contacted by first responders and/or transported to hospital/crisis units in order to provide collateral information for continuity of care and coordinate discharge aftercare.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with police, first responders, and local hospitals/crisis centers. Coordinate welfare checks and psychiatric holds when necessary.
  • Coordinate referrals for resources internal and external to CU Boulder. Engage in collaboration & relationship building with community mental health resources and other CU Boulder departments to ensure exemplary care for CU Boulder students when referred.

  • Attend all assigned staff and team meetings.
  • Provide crisis care training to new CAPS staff and trainees.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation.
  • Maintain Electronic Medical Record according to CAPS standards.

What We Can Offer

Starting salary is dependent on licensure and experience. For MSW/LPC's, salary range is $57,750-$78,921; for psychologists: $77,700-$106,184.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Completion of an MSW, Ph.D, Psy.D, LPC or LMFT from an accredited program.
  • Licensed in the state of Colorado as an independent clinician by the date of hire.
  • Experience with a range of clinical issues, ranging from developmental issues to more serious psychopathology.
  • At least one year of post-independent licensure experience in crisis care/stabilization and case management.
  • Experience providing brief therapy.
  • Experience with electronic medical record-keeping and documentation.

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency with computer programs and the use of electronic medical records (EMR).
  • Crisis assessment and stabilization skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 2+ years experience in crisis care and case management.
  • Experience with involuntary holds and hospitalization process.
  • Experience with college student population and setting.
  • Interest and experience providing clinical services and outreach programming to students representing diverse socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, and LGBTQ+ identities.
  • Specific training in crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, mental health statutes, and/or crisis de-escalation.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 6, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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