Adjunct Counselor - MHCS
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental
health of college students. Studies have found that the majority of
students feel that their mental health has been negatively impacted
during the course of the pandemic. Students in these studies report
increased stress, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating,
reduced social interactions, and interrupted sleeping patterns,
among many other symptoms. Westchester Community College recognizes
and strives to meet the holistic needs of students to promote their
academic and personal success.
Under supervision of the Acting Director of the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services, the successful candidate will provide direct mental health services to WCC students. This position's primary duties include, but are not limited to:
- Providing individual and group counseling and crisis intervention for students experiencing emotional or psychological distress at assigned WCC locations and via teletherapy services.
- Utilizing an evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical approach in case formulation, assessment, and treatment skills.
- Providing risk assessment and crisis intervention to students, including safety planning and collaboration with community resources when necessary.
- Maintaining the confidentiality of students in accordance with HIPAA, FERPA, and all state laws and guidelines.
- Adhering to one's professional Code of Ethics, as well as all laws and regulations related to provision of mental health services.
- Attending all team meetings, including individual and group supervision.
- Engaging in continuing education practices relevant to clinical setting, population, and best practices.
- Navigating electronic record keeping system and completing notes in a timely manner.
- Establishing relationships with community resources and organizations in order to help provide appropriate referrals.
- Providing consultations for, and serve as a resource to, college faculty, staff and administrators regarding appropriate and effective methods for responding to students of concern.
- Creating and executing workshops/programs to educate college community members on mental health topics impacting the community, including the impact of COVID-19 on students' mental health, and skill-set development for appropriate response.
- Serving as one of the College's Title IX confidential resources.
- Serving as a member on college interdisciplinary committees as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of a Master's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field of study from an accredited institution. Licensed in New York State as a mental health professional (LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, or equivalent licensure). At least 1 year of post-licensure professional experience. The successful candidate must also display strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff. Demonstrated experience and effectiveness providing clinical services to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience working in a college counseling center, particularly in the community college setting. Demonstrated experience and effectiveness providing clinical services to historically underserved populations, including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA+ students, international students, non-traditional students, and other marginalized student populations. Ability to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented, inclusive, and highly accountable environment. Ability to travel to multiple WCC campuses throughout Westchester County. Ability to communicate in non-English second language (both written and verbally).