Personal Support Counselor

Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 30, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Personal Support Counselor

At PCOM, we espouse to grow a culturally competent workforce to advance healthcare that touches the lives of underserved communities. Diversity and inclusion is the core component of our institutional identity and a key pillar of PCOM’s strategic vision. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine affirms that diversity and inclusion are crucial to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. It is through freedom of exchange over different ideas and viewpoints in supportive environments that our graduates develop the critical thinking and citizenship skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Since 1899, PCOM has trained highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners, and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care - treating people, not just symptoms. As the field of medicine has changed, we've changed with it - adapting our program offerings to better meet the needs of healthcare providers and the communities they serve. At the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PCOM), the branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia (PCOM Georgia), and our newest location in Moultrie, Georgia (PCOM South Georgia), PCOM students learn to approach problem-solving in a more professional, more team-oriented manner, which prepares them to work successfully in integrated healthcare settings with other health professionals. At Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine you will be part of a caring, professional, and committed community focused on making the PCOM experience the best possible for our students.

We are currently seeking to fill our Personal Support Counselor position at the South Georgia campus with a highly qualified and passionate individual.

Position Summary:

The PCOM South Georgia Personal Support Counselor serves as a member of the Student Affairs department and provides intervention services that support the psychological and emotional well-being of PCOM students. Services include providing individual short-term counseling intervention, referrals for longer-term therapy, wellness/life-skills workshops, group counseling facilitation, crisis consultation, and crisis intervention/ management. This can be a part-time or full-time position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Provide short-term individual and group counseling sessions.

  • Collaborate with other PCOM support services (i.e. disability office, off-campus Student Assistance Programs) for students’ academic success and personal wellbeing.

  • Provide support and guidance to faculty and staff during campus crisis(s).

  • Coordinate and assist in the provision of trainings for faculty, staff, and student audiences.

  • Participate in case conferences and staff meetings.

  • Help disseminate mental health and suicide prevention information with a strong focus on self-care strategies and techniques.

  • Plan, coordinate, implement and assess a comprehensive array of outreach programs that address critical health issues affecting medical and graduate students.

  • When appropriate, coordinate and conduct focus groups with student audiences to solicit feedback regarding proposed outreach materials, activities, and student body needs.

  • Contribute to campus-wide committees and task forces.

  • Help maintain mental health and wellness website and assist with social media efforts.

Position Requirements

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and pass a criminal background check.


  • A Master’s degree in counseling or a related field is required


  • Three or more years’ experience working in the college counseling environment is required

  • This can be a part-time or full-time position.

  • Possess a record of successful experience working as a counselor in a college counseling center, preferably with both graduate and undergraduate students, providing the services above

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and implement innovative personal support programs

  • Possess an understanding of the psychological challenges inherent to being enrolled in highly competitive graduate and professional degree programs

  • Have a record of experience in delivering both individual and group counseling models.

  • Experience working with medical students and professional students

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

  • Experience scheduling appointments and documenting clinical interventions using Electronic Medical Record software. (i.e. Titanium)

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations:

  • GA licensed mental health provider is a requirement

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Able to speak effectively to large groups

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Ability to interact effectively both in small groups and one-on-one

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable

  • Able to work in a high-stress environment

  • Good sense of humor

Application Instructions

All applications MUST include:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

PCOM is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.