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Staff Counselor

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jun 30, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Staff Counselor position. The Staff Counselor is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-5. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

About the Counseling Center and Amherst College
The Counseling Center operates within a developmental philosophy and a brief therapy model, and this position must to work with a diverse student body within these two frames. The Counseling Center provides a variety of services including individual and group counseling, psychiatry services, case management, mental health promotion and preventative services, consultation, and teaching. These services are designed to help students overcome mental illnesses or learn how to cope effectively with them, understand themselves better, create and maintain satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance and cognitive functioning, and make healthy and satisfying career and life choices.

Amherst College is a highly selective, residential liberal arts college with a very diverse body - almost 50% are students of color from the US; 10% are international; 40% come from low income families; 18% identify as LBGTQ+; and 20% have registered disabilities with 2/3's being mental health or learning disabilities. Consequently, this clinician must be able to provide culturally appropriate interventions, and understand how systemic forms of oppression that students face, both historically and currently, intersect with mental health.

About the Position
The Staff Counselor is a 12-month full-time position that reports to the Director of the Counseling Center. The position relates to the College's mission by directly intervening with students to help them manage or resolve personal difficulties that could lead them to struggle academically, drop out of school, or cause disruptions in other areas of their functioning.

Responsibilities will include conducting evidenced-based, culturally responsive intakes and clinical assessments, individual and group counseling, urgent care, on-call services 2-3 weeks/semester, and coordinating care with our psychiatric staff and case manager. In addition, this position provides consultation to Amherst community members and engages in preventative and educational outreach initiatives. This position works collaboratively and cooperatively with community and college departments, including case management in the Office of Student Affairs, Accessibility Services, Health Service Career Center, identity-based Resource Centers, Class Deans, Title IX, and other student service offices. We value wrap-around care, and candidates must be comfortable working across disciplines.

The Staff Counselor, along with all the Counseling Center staff, works toward building and sustaining a center that meets the diverse needs of both students and the College community as a whole. Strong commitments to the following are necessary to succeed in the position: (1) holistic approaches to student development, (2) interdisciplinary treatment models, (3) the development of on-going, personal and professional multicultural competence, (4) collaboration across the College community and (5) a strong work ethic.

Our office has intentionally worked with marginalized affinity groups - including students of color, genderqueer and trans students, international students, first-generation and low-income students - to create more equity in accessing mental health care. We also engage in extensive professional development activities as a team to assure that our services are culturally appropriate. Because of the Counseling Center's deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, this position provides a unique opportunity for the clinician to develop and hone multicultural clinical skills and outreach skills related to social justice.

We recognize that all of our practitioners bring different gifts and try to assign work from a strengths-based perspective, thus allowing people to grow professionally in ways that best fit their talents and skills.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Counseling - Provide culturally appropriate individual, group, and couples counseling/psychotherapy to a diverse student body, including assessment, diagnosis, and brief treatment; provide urgent care, crisis intervention, and after-hours on-call. Maintain and promote the highest ethical and professional standards commensurate with training and licensure.

Outreach and Mental Health Promotion - Design and implement mental health promotion activities, including workshops, outreach programs, and liaison relationships designed to foster student success. Conduct training for student leaders on mental health topics.

Administrative - Maintain up-to-date clinical files, written reports, and job-related communications commensurate with current standards of the profession. Attend and participate in regular staff meetings, in-service training activities, committees, and case conferences. Participate in regular on-call rotations, about 2-3 weeks per semester.

Consultation - Consult with members of the Amherst community - including faculty, administration, staff, parents, and students -regarding the mental health needs of students. Consult with on-and off-campus health care providers, including Student Health Services, Office of Student Affairs Case Management, Class Deans, Resource Center Directors, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and private practitioners, etc. to help coordinate care.

Training/Supervision - Provide training and supervision for Psychology Residents, Pre-doctoral interns, and/or Practicum Student by co-leading psychotherapy groups, teaching seminars, providing rotation training in the area of interest, and/or providing individual clinical supervision. Pursue professional development and/or continuing education in service of the responsibilities of the position.

  • Earned doctorate in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology or related field from an APA-accredited program and internship OR Masters in Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited program is required.
  • Currently licensed, or eligible for licensure in the state of MA as a Psychologist within 18 months of employment, OR as a LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, or related license in the state of MA within 6 months of employment
  • 3-5 years of professional counseling experience
  • Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing equity, inclusion, and justice, especially as it relates to mental health
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and experience with, community development and/or mental health promotion
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings

Work experience in college or university settings and/or in community mental health
AND one or more of the following:
  • Expertise in working with students of color, especially Asian- American/Asian Pacific Islander, or Native American/Indigenous populations
  • Expertise in working with transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and/or genderqueer populations
  • Expertise in group counseling
  • Expertise in working with people who have eating disordered behaviors

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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