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Sports Clinician (17942)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 12, 2022

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The Sports Clinician promotes the academic, social, and emotional well-being of student athletes by providing assessment, time-limited individual counseling/psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, referrals, and participation in rotation of after-hours emergency coverage. The Sport Clinician is an employee of the Center for Well-Being Programs and Psychological Services and is embedded in the athletics department where 85% of their responsibilities will be performed. The Sports Clinician also provides training and supervision using an integrative orientation for clinical trainees in a graduate level psychology program (including an APA-accredited internship); and participates in activities throughout the university. The person in this position adheres to all relevant ethical, legal, and professional standards.

Essential Functions
  1. Direct Clinical Services:Provides direct clinical services, such as individual or group counseling, crisisintervention, intakes, and consultations, in order to assess and address the emotional concerns of student athletes, promote a supportive and knowledgeable community with regard to mental health issues, and facilitate student athletes’ connection to the support or treatment they require. Additionally, design and implement individual sport psychology strategies related to sport and performance specific skills, and mental health crisis intervention.
  2. Consultation and Outreach:Provides training and outreach programs/services to student athletes. Develops and present various workshops for multiple audiences including but not limited to individual teams, all student athletes, coaches and staff members. Leads educational sessions for coaches, staff, and student-athletes related to best practices and industry leading programming. Coordinates usage of web-based app used for mental health screening and as a resource tool for Student-Athletes used in part to adhere to NCAA standards around mental health screening for all athletes.
  3. After-Hours Emergency Coverage:Provides after-hours emergency coverage as required.
  4. Clinical Training and Supervision:Provides clinical training and supervision to graduate student clinicians, including individual or group supervision, seminar presentations. Participates in other activities related to the clinical training programs of the Center, such as trainee selection, orientation, and evaluation.
  5. Professional Participation:Participates in program development, review and development of policies and procedures, staff meetings and other activities affecting the efficient and effective functioning of the Center. Participates in Center, division, or university committees or task groups. Participates in activities related to university employment, such as HR training and the performance management process. Participates in peer supervision, professional development, or other training to develop and refine professional skills and knowledge. Participates in CARE meetings – and or other collaborative meetings between all Sport Performance areas.
  6. Other duties as requested by the Director of Clinical Services.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time - 35 hours per week.
  • Project Leader/Advisor A
  • Exempt
Required Education and Experience
  • Master's Degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field required.
  • Licensed or license-eligible as a Social Worker, Professional Counselor, or other relevant licensure in the District of Columbia at the time of hire.
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • At least one year direct experience in working with student athletes in a clinical mental health context.
  • Experience working with Division I collegiate (and/or elite) athletes.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • PhD or equivalent.
  • Doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field required. Licensed or license-eligible as a Psychologist, Social Worker, Professional Counselor, or other relevant licensure in the District of Columbia at the time of hire.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Current certification as a Sports Psychologist preferred or specialized training in sport psychology and/or AASP certification.
  • Applied Association of Sport Psychology – Certified Mental Performance Consultant.
  • Current state licensure or eligible for state license upon hire.
  • Excellent personal qualities and skills (e.g. oral and written communication, organizational, interpersonal, and analytical) that enable effective interaction with athletic staff, sport medicine staff, colleagues, administrators, faculty and student-athletes.
  • Strong commitment to, and training in, working with culturally diverse individuals.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined, flexible and able to respond well to change and to intervene in mental health crises.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary treatment team and to case manage referrals to campus and community partners.
  • Knowledge of NCAA, and industry rules and regulations.
  • Maintain industry standard certifications, licensure, CEU’s, etc.
  • APA-accredited doctoral training program and internship preferred.
  • AASP certified as Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) preferred.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Training and experience in alcohol and substance abuse assessment and treatment.
  • Experience with clinical mental health programming for student-athletes and coaches.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Experience with Titanium Software System.
  • Licensed or license-eligible as a Psychologist, Social Worker, Professional Counselor, or other relevant licensure in the District of Columbia at the time of hire.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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