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Trauma Specialist / Psychotherapist

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 22, 2024

Job Details

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
Wesleyan University has approximately 3000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. The CAPS office operates Monday-Friday and provides 24/7 phone support through an on-call rotation. This position is a 37.5 hour/week, 43 week/year position and requires working at least one evening until 7:00 pm. This position will also participate in the on-call rotation approximately 3 weeks per semester.

Outreach is included in the services provided and is essential to the community health model to which CAPS adheres. CAPS provides education, consultation, and training to students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

Reporting to the assistant director of CAPS , the trauma specialist psychotherapist will provide individual and group psychotherapy for students who have been impacted by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, harassment, stalking, and other forms of traumatic experiences including childhood abuse and racial trauma.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as direct referral resource for students reporting sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment to university responsible resources.

  • Provide individual and group psychotherapy for students who have been impacted by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment, and other forms of trauma, using a trauma-informed approach to clinical care and evidence-based clinical interventions such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF- CBT ).

  • Collaborate with the Associate Director/Sexual Violence Prevention in the health education (WesWell) office to offer outreach, education, and groups supporting students who have been impacted by trauma.

  • Collaborate with the Title IX Officer to provide a comprehensive network of support for students who have been impacted by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, harassment, and stalking.

  • Work closely with the WesWell Director to deliver bystander intervention programming for first year students during orientation week.

  • Work closely with partners within CAPS and WesWell to develop and offer educational programs for the university community in the area of trauma-informed practices.

  • Participate in the on-call rotation.

  • Work one evening per week until 7 PM.

  • Provide secondary supervision to predoctoral trainees.

  • Maintain clinical case files in accordance with legal, ethical, and professional standards.

  • Complete special projects and other duties as assigned.

This position works 37.5 hours/week for 43 weeks.

This is an on-campus position.
Minimum Qualifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker ( LCSW ) in CT, or Licensed Professional Counselor ( LPC ) in CT, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ( LMFT ) in CT or licensed clinical or counseling psychologist (LP) in CT or eligible for immediate licensure in CT.

Masters Degree in Psychology or Social Work or a related field with a minimum of two years of clinical professional experience working with clients who present with an array of psychiatric issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Formal training in trauma treatment, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF- CBT ), cognitive processing therapy ( CPT ), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing ( EMDR ), or accelerated resolution therapy ( ART ).
Demonstrated experience doing clinical work with clients who have experienced trauma.
Demonstrated commitment to working within a diverse environment and interacting collegially with individuals of different backgrounds.
Experience working with high-risk therapy clients.

Experience managing a high case load and work in fast paced clinical environment.
Experience with documentation of case files in accordance with legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive clinical support.

Experience working with clients from historically marginalized communities.
Effective communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated clinical experience with a late adolescent/emerging adult population.
Knowledge of Title IX.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This opportunity is only open to internal candidates. For consideration please apply by 5:00 pm on March 1, 2024
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of apre-employment background check screeningto the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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