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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.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- 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
- 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
- After-Hours Emergency Coverage:Provides after-hours
emergency coverage as required.
- 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
- 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
- Other duties as requested by the Director of Clinical
Required Education and Experience
- Full Time, 35 hours/week.
- Project Leader/Advisor A.
Preferred 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)
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- 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
- 3-5 years of relevant experience.
- Current certification as a Sports Psychologist preferred or
specialized training in sport psychology and/or AASP
- Applied Association of Sport Psychology – Certified Mental
- Current state licensure or eligible for state license upon
- 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
- Strong commitment to, and training in, working with culturally
- 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,
- APA-accredited doctoral training program and internship
- AASP certified as Certified Mental Performance Consultant
- 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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