Mental Health Counselor
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an
intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community
of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students
from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional
students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and
growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to
build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of
the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
is cultivating a community built on inclusion and
belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer
historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage
applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights
from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning
environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity
WHITMAN COUNSELING CENTER
We work in a beautiful, rural community that is nationally
recognized among the finest wine regions with over 130 wineries.
Walla Walla is “where wine, culture, and the beauty of the outdoors
meet.” As an office, we are truly committed to operating as a team
who supports, uplifts and encourages one another to show up as
authentically themselves as we work together to become the
professional counselors we each want to be. It is expected that we
take care of ourselves so that we can be at our best. That might
mean taking a walk on the flowering tree-lined campus, visiting the
ducks on the pond and stream that runs through our campus, or
meditating in our wellness room when we need to center ourselves
after working with clients.
The Counselor reports directly to the Associate Dean of Health and
Wellness and is responsible for providing brief therapy and crisis
intervention to a culturally diverse student population. The
Counselor provides consultation and referral to faculty and staff.
This is a full-time staff position working 10 months out of each
year with summers off. Pay and benefits continue through summer
months. Supervision for licensure can be provided.
HIRING SALARY RANGE
Successful applicants can expect to start between $50,000 and
$51,000 per year. This is a 10 month position with summers
- Utilizing a brief model, provide comprehensive individual,
couples, and/or group counseling services to diverse students with
a wide range of concerns including but not limited to the
following: adjustment issues, interpersonal relationships, stress
and time management, conflict issues, anxiety, depression, grief
and loss, gender and sexuality, suicidality, trauma, and substance
- Provide addictions and harm reduction counseling.
- Provide psychoeducation on maintaining health and wellness,
coping strategies, and self-care.
- Maintain clinical records following legal statutes and ethical
- Provide crisis intervention and coverage including
participation in the after-hours on-call rotation as a back-up to
Protocall after-hours service.
- Provide crisis consultation to Residence Life, Student Affairs,
Public Safety, and other administrative units of the college and
crisis debriefing to staff as needed.
- Provide information and support to facilitate psychiatric
hospitalization for students as required and serve as a liaison to
Associate Dean of Health & Wellness, providing information
regarding the process.
- Provide information and referral for individuals who are
ineligible for services at Whitman Counseling Center.
- Consult with concerned families/friends of students, staff, and
faculty, as requested, and within the limits of
- Provide evidenced-based educational training and consultation
to Whitman faculty, staff, student leaders, and other campus groups
regarding the prevention and identification of mental health
- Establish group therapy, outreach, and programming for
racial/ethnic and populations that have historically been
- Collaborate with Student Health staff in the necessary sharing
of information to ensure the safety and well-being of
- Participate in special projects such as addictions counseling
and harm reduction outreach, suicide prevention training, advisor
to sexual violence prevention peer educators, supervision and
training of wellness peer educators.
- Represent the Counseling center at campus events as
- Complete other duties as needed by the Associate Dean of Health
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Exceptional counseling skills including accurate empathetic
listening, relationship building, interpersonal skills,
problem-solving, analytical skills, sound judgment based in best
practice and evidence-based theory.
- Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences,
encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders,
including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to
age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, and
- Ability to effectively present information publicly.
- Excellent written skills and experience with client notes and
appropriate legal and ethical content.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a
member of the professional counseling team within the
administrative structure of the Division of Student Affairs.
- Ability to maintain stable performance and emotional control
when faced with opposition, pressure, or alternative approaches
from others and/or during stressful conditions.
- Accountability- Ability to accept responsibility and account
for his/her/their actions.
- Ability to communicate and deliver quality service in a
positive, compassionate, and professional manner with respect for
the dignity and identities of students, staff, faculty, visitors,
and other divisions in the college.
- A Master's Degree, Ph.D., or Psy.D., in psychology, social
work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy.
- A minimum of two years of experience that is directly related
to the duties and responsibilities specified.
- Must be independently licensed in the state of Washington or
license eligible to be licensed within approximately a year of
- Adherence to professional development and training for the
maintenance of state licensure.
- Experience and training in social justice, issues and concerns
related to diversity, and a history of providing services to
diverse populations including people of color, LBGTQIA+
populations, First Generation college students, and different
physical and health abilities.
- Knowledge of Addictions Counseling and Harm Reduction; Chemical
Dependency Professional Certification
- Experience providing mental health services to people 17 to 25
years of age
- Experience with the treatment of clients that manifest
- Experience leading group therapy
Whitman College offers a competitive benefits program that is
designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented
employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits:
accidental death and dismemberment
long term disability
insurances with the capability to elect
additional voluntary coverage.
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
with a 10% matching
contribution after eligibility
Paid Time Off: vacation and sick accrual based on hours
Tuition Remission - Dependent Children
for one Whitman course per semester.
Learn more about benefits eligibility here
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB CANDIDATES
Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability
accommodation in the employment application process.
Application review will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.
For full application instructions and position description,