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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
- 3-5 years of professional counseling experience
- Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced
- 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
- Demonstrated commitment to, and experience with, community
development and/or mental health promotion
- Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal and
- 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:
Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated
for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may
- Expertise in working with students of color, especially Asian-
American/Asian Pacific Islander, or Native American/Indigenous
- 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
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 https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs
. 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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