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Embedded Counselor in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

Job Description

When was the last time you changed the world?

In Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, that’s exactly what we’re doing every day—guiding, nurturing, and supporting students as they learn and grow into the leaders and world-changers of today and tomorrow.

We’re currently searching for an Embedded Counselor to join our Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center team in Blacksburg, VA to help us in our mission. Located in the in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS), the embedded counselor will serve a dual role of providing direct clinical and educational services to students while also providing consultation and training opportunities for the faculty, advisors and staff of the college. The position will report to the Director of the counseling center and will also coordinate with the CLAHS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the college to learn and to participate in the community culture.

The embedded counselor will provide direct clinical services to undergraduate and graduate students of the college including initial consultation and assessment, individual and group counseling, psychiatric referrals, and provide consultation with faculty, advisors, and staff regarding student mental health concerns. Additional activities may include participation in orientation for new students, faculty, and staff; educational programming in suicide prevention; attendance at department and college meetings; and other collaborations to be determined.

The Cook Counseling Center provides mental health services to the student community of Virginia Tech. The embedded counselor works with a multidisciplinary staff of counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and practicum students to deliver services that maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical care. The center has a central location with embedded counselors on the Blacksburg campus, in our Roanoke facility, and at the Washington D.C. Metro-area campus. The center is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services and the internship training program by the American Psychological Association.

1) You’ll be joining the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center team; a department centered on student mental health and well-being through brief focused therapy interventions and outreach.
2) You’ll be reporting to the Director, in a Regular twelve-month, 100% administrative professional appointment. 
3) You’ll be responsible for providing direct clinical services to undergraduate and graduate students including initial consultation and assessment, crisis interventions as needed, individual and group counseling, psychiatric referrals, drop-in office hours, and consult with faculty, advisors, and staff regarding student mental health concerns.
4) You’ll have the chance to grow and take advantage of a developmental plan with opportunities to advance within the Department and the Division.
5) You’ll be offered salary commensurate with experience, along with a comprehensive benefits package which includes health insurance, paid leave, retirement, tuition assistance, VT discounts, and so much more!

1) THE UNIVERSITY: Virginia Tech as an employer is committed to developing well-rounded employees who are active members of the university community as well as the community at-large. From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a variety of benefits and perks to help team members build a fuller and more balanced life.
2) THE DIVISION: For our students and ourselves, the Division of Student Affairs believes that changing the world requires courageous leadership and commitment to curiosity, integrity, civility, and service to others. Our culture is defined by a commitment to our Aspirations for Student Learning.
3) THE TEAM: Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center (CCC) supports the mission of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Division of Student Affairs. We promote student learning, development, retention, and holistic wellbeing by providing resources for improving mental health and identifying psychological barriers to academic success. Grounded in our commitment to social justice and equity, CCC supports these efforts through psycho-educational programming, individual, group, crisis, and psychiatric services. CCC’s commitment to service also includes multidisciplinary training, consultation, advocacy, and research.

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree in counseling or social work plus two years of experience or a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, from an APA-approved program with an APA-approved internship
• Be licensed eligible as a licensed professional counselor, licensed social worker or licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Supervision may be provided with a goal of licensure within 1-2 years depending on degree.
• Experience in providing focused therapeutic interventions with a multidisciplinary team.
• Experience and interest in collaboration with academic departments, faculty, and staff.
• Training and experience in delivering culturally competent interventions.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in working with undergraduate and graduate students.
• Experience in outreach and educational programming, e.g., suicide prevention gate-keeper programs.
• Previous training and/or experience in a college mental health setting
• Experience with managing crisis situations, completing risk assessments, and disposition planning to address safety risks
• Well-developed counseling and clinical supervision skills
• A self-motivated, self-directed commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice
• The energy to flexibly manage the professional demands of the role while maintaining positive and healthy relationships
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues with acceptance, respect, and trust
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lisa Racek at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: April 11, 2024
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