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Clinical Counselor

Salve Regina University
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

Job Details

About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University, ranked as one of the most transformative colleges in the United States by Money Magazine, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in the scenic coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island. The University's commitment to academic success and personal discovery extends beyond its historic campus into a dynamic world where the application of higher thinking and skill are most valued. Salve Regina offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing. Enrollment includes more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Job Description:


The Clinical Counselor is responsible for supporting the successful delivery of all forms of service for Counseling services by primarily providing a high level of direct clinical personal, preventive, and developmental counseling to undergraduate students, including crisis intervention, consultation, and referral services within and to community resources.

The Clinical Counselor will demonstrate an evident commitment to the Salve Regina University Mission in all facets of their position by role modeling understanding and support for the multidimensional identities and life experiences of community members.

  • Provide evidence-based, culturally responsive clinical services to undergraduate students, including intake assessment, individual counseling, and crisis intervention.
  • Facilitate referrals to other student services and/or external mental health services and provide additional case management as needed.
  • Develop and implement training and programming on pertinent mental health topics or concerns, as well as provide consultation to administrators, faculty, and other staff.
  • Practice client confidentiality and adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and professional codes of ethics and maintain licensure/CEU requirements as required by discipline.
  • Maintain appropriate clinical records/documentation in the electronic medical records system (EMR) utilized by Counseling Services in a timely manner.
  • Engage in weekly Staff Meetings, Case Conference and Clinical Team Meetings; may be asked to facilitate meeting(s) as requested by Director.
  • Engage in bi-weekly Supervision with Director for clinical and administrative consultation.
  • Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with department co-workers, and clients, students, parents/guardians, administration, faculty, and staff.
  • Serve as a leader in fostering a campus culture in which differences are understood, embraced, respected, and reflective in their professional behavior and clinical practice, including engaging in an active on-going learning process.
  • Adhere to guidelines in the Counseling Services' Staff Manual and general policies/procedures for employees of Salve Regina University.
  • Stay current in the field of mental health including maintaining licensure and engaging in professional development opportunities as determined in collaboration with the Director.
  • May provide psychoeducational group work as requested by Director.
  • May serve on campus-wide committees as appointed and/or needed as determined in consultation with Director.
  • May develop and provide relevant mental health social media and marketing for the department and/or in collaboration with other departments, as requested by Director.
  • May provide supervision of 1-2 graduate interns each academic year.
  • May provide mental health consultation and/or support after business hours for mental health crisis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Counseling Services.

The work position is typically from the third week of August through the last day of senior week in mid-May, 35 hours per week. With the holidays and academic calendar there is an understanding that most years this equates to 32 weeks total (plus or minus a few days each calendar year with school holidays). During the academic year, the candidate does not work when classes are not in session and thus does not accrue any vacation time. This 32-week schedule may be flexible at the discretion of the Director for the benefit of the university, its students, and training graduate interns.

  • Valid driver's license required.
  • Must hold an active Rhode Island professional license or obtain a Rhode Island professional license within six (6) months of start date.

The incumbent is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


  • Must earn or obtain a Rhode Island professional license within six (6) months of start date and must retain a Rhode Island license throughout tenure.
  • Master's degree in social work or mental health counseling, or related field, or Doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of post-graduate experience performing clinical evaluation and assessment, intervention and treatment planning, case management, crisis intervention, and individual clinical counseling.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of clinical experience working with the young adult population.
  • Ability to work extended hours and represent Counseling Services on an infrequent basis for campus events, emergency situations, and outreach programs.
  • Basic computer knowledge of MS Office software.
  • Experience with counseling scheduling/record keeping software.
  • Experience working in/with the college or university population.
  • Experience developing and providing mental health educational programs and training.
Essential Skills/Abilities:
  • Demonstrated experience consistently adhering to guidelines of Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting, as well as all applicable laws and regulations within discipline.
  • Effective consultative and decision-making skills related to individual client work and working through ethical dilemmas in a clinical setting.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills reflected in an ability to meet the varying demands of a clinical session and the collective needs of a department.
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate professionalism with managing job related stress and rapid transitions in a clinical setting.
  • Exceptional work ethic with ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively.
  • Excellent clinical documentation skills and administration of clinical records
  • Effective oral and written communication skills to support successful professional internal and external departmental relationships.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and connections in a clinical setting.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including (waiting periods apply):
  • health, dental and vision coverage available on the first of the month following date of hire
  • 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA with employee and employer contributions as well as access to advising services
  • long-term disability coverage
  • employer-paid life and AD&D insurance
  • up to 100% free tuition at Salve for eligible employees and qualified dependents
  • robust wellness program and free access to the on-campus Fitness Center
Other available benefits include:
  • supplemental life insurance for employees and dependents
  • supplemental insurance coverage through Aflac
  • Tuition Exchange scholarship program. Application available for qualified dependents of eligible employees working full-time
  • discounted pet insurance through ASPCA
  • student loan forgiveness assistance program (SAVI)
  • employee Assistance Program through Coastline EAP
  • flexible spending health and dependent care accounts
  • health savings accounts
  • 529 collegebound saver program
For more detailed information on Salve's benefits, visit .

Salve Regina University strives to cultivate belonging values through diversity, equity inclusion in order to foster a welcoming culture for our staff, faculty and students, as well as the wider community. Salve Regina University embraces all people with grace. No matter the path traveled to get here, the University acknowledges that many identities will intersect. Salve Regina belongs to all in its community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify . ( Spanish )



Salve Regina University

From our cornerstone mercy mission to the classic ideals of our liberal arts approach, tradition matters at Salve Regina. It’s woven throughout our 80-acre campus, embedded in our historic buildings and infused in the culture of Newport, Rhode Island.

Tradition at Salve Regina means we remember where we began. Since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, we have grown to a community of more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students who proudly carry forward our mission in their personal and professional lives. Fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, we are committed to fueling the imagination and encouraging the academic ambitions of our bright and curious students.

At Salve Regina, tradition blends seamlessly with progress. We empower students to explore their talents through diverse academic offerings, student organizations, service initiatives and athletic teams. Our collaborative learning environment and vibrant campus community inspire the pursuit of excellence and breach the limits of personal potential.

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