Mental Health Counselor/Substance Abuse Educator

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Health Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus is hiring a Mental Health Counselor/Substance Abuse Educator to support the Counseling Services team. Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus is respected worldwide for cutting-edge instruction and training for tomorrow’s aviation, aerospace, security and intelligence leaders. Prescott is a mile-high city and its climate reflects seasonable weather excellent for flying. Daytime averages are 80°F in the summer and 45°F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. above sea level, it boasts a mild climate, clean air, pristine wilderness areas, and nearby national forests. The university is a small, private, residential university in the mountains of Arizona with approximately 3,500 students. Staff/faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a central theme of our campus. It is located 100 miles north of Phoenix and 120 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

Job Summary:

Provide leadership for university’s substance abuse prevention efforts: coordinate a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program, informed by professionally-accepted and empirically-supported best practices; present and evaluate prevention programs; conduct substance abuse assessments; provide individual Motivational Interviewing sessions and workshops for at-risk students; collaborate with student conduct and other student affairs departments; and conduct campus climate research to support ongoing prevention and education efforts specific to the institution. This position-holder will also: present educational programs and trainings that contribute to student learning objectives of the department of student affairs; provide consultation with campus community; advise student groups, and provide individual, group and couples counseling services to college students, including intake assessments, crisis intervention, referrals, treatment planning, and documentation.

Job Duties:

Provide leadership for university substance abuse prevention efforts, counseling outreach and wellness education. Assess campus needs and current practices. Develop and implement educational programs that contribute to student learning objectives. Provide structured educational sessions and workshops for sanctioned students and collaborate with student conduct staff and program administration. Provide special programming such as wellness presentations to different campus populations based on campus need. Establish working relationships with relevant departments and offices on campus. Also will also be responsible for monthly articles for Horizon’s Campus Newspaper.

Clinical and Other Services Responsibilities:

Provide short term individual, couples, group, and crisis counseling services to students at Prescott campus under the direct supervision of the Counseling Director. Responsible for assessment, intake, suicide and self-harm risk assessment, walk-in triage, crisis counseling and documentation. Must work collaboratively with Counseling Director and contracted psychologists. Provide consultation for concerned faculty members, staff, students, and parents. Maintain ethically sound record keeping of all student counseling interactions. Stay abreast on current counseling practices and research by attending conferences and training sessions. Provide backup coverage for Counseling Director during some holidays, and vacation time.

Other duties: i.e. Learning to use EMR system. Assisting Counseling Center with operational duties such as scheduling, answering phones, and assisting staff when asked. Canceling appointments when needed with clients. Making appointments for future visits with students. Checking students out when reviewing dictation. Establishing community outreach as needed with local mental health providers.

ERAU benefits include:

  • Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 3.5% of employee contributions

  • Two BC/BS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account

  • Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children

  • Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights


Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or a related field. Associate level or independently licensed in the state of Arizona, or near completion is preferred. Experience in assessment, diagnosis, and implementation of interventions for depression, anxiety, alcohol/drug use/abuse, and developmental concerns frequently faced by college students is required. Training and experience with Motivational Interviewing and Alcohol and Other Drug programming required. Must understand DSM-5, have familiarity with frequently used assessment tools such as the BDI, BAI, DES-11, AUDIT and /ADHD Amen checklist. Must be able to do public presentations.

Prefer minimum 2 years working experience in a university counseling center. Experience can be substituted with education. Experience working with many different facets of a college campus community and providing services to a diverse population of students. Experience with college counseling programming, and working with adults in an out-patient setting.

All activities of the Mental Health Counselor will be overseen by the Counseling Director. Must be able to handle increased stress levels and multi-task. Must be computer literate and able to work independently. Must be willing to learn and work well under direction of others. Will be responsible for presentations to ERAU campus. Will also work with local psychologists for evaluations as needed.

Must be able to work closely with Counseling and Wellness Center staff. A great sense of humor is a must! This is a team environment and flexibility is required.

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