Staff Psychologist: Trauma Specialist

Longwood University
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About Longwood University:

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia. 

Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour’s drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville. Longwood currently has approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and 38,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level.


Job Description:

As the primary designated mental health service on campus, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is a valued partner within the Well-Being Unit. The Well-Being Unit is an integral component of the Division of Student Affairs at Longwood University. Notable features of this IACS accredited center include a well-respected reputation for ethical delivery of services, long-standing masters-level training program, and established and evolving collaborations with Academic Affairs and other campus partners. For more information about our center, please visit

In support of Longwood University’s mission and to better support students affected by past or current trauma, CAPS is seeking a Staff Psychologist: Trauma Specialist with the skills and creativity to share our team's commitment to excellence in working collaboratively both within the Center and across the campus. The Trauma Specialist will serve as liaison between CAPS and the SAMHSA Grant entitled, Well Lancers: Creating a Culture of Well-Being with Expanded Mental Health Services. In this role, the Trauma Specialist will take the lead in creating a trauma-informed program reaching across the campus community.

This newly developed position offers the combined opportunity to provide clinical care to students and to develop trainings on trauma-informed practices for the campus community (faculty, staff, and students). 

Clinical Care: This member of the CAPS Team will bring experience in treating a wide range of traumatic experiences including sexual or other physical violence, intimate partner violence, harassment, or discrimination and will be skilled in the application of well-developed evidence-based clinical interventions and protocols (e.g., CPT, PE, TF-CBT). Duties of the position include initial consultation assessment, individual and group counseling, crisis assessment, on-call rotation, and clinical supervision of master's level counselors-in-training.

Create a Campus Program: The Trauma Specialist will design, implement, and evaluate (a) a training for faculty and staff on trauma-informed approaches in the classroom; (b) outreach to incoming students during first-year orientation programs; and (c) training for RAs on trauma-informed approaches.



  • Provide confidential individual and group counseling services to Longwood University students (caseload will be prioritized with students with trauma  history, followed with students experiencing other presenting concerns)
    • Utilize well-developed evidence-based clinical interventions and protocols (e.g., CPT, PE, TF-CBT) to clients with trauma history
  • Build a program to increase faculty, staff, and student knowledge of trauma-informed practices
  • Serve as the liaison between CAPS and the SAMHSA Grant
  • Maintain appropriate clinical documentation and scheduling within Titanium Schedule
  • Serve on the CAPS on-call rotation
  • Provide clinical supervision to masters-level trainees
  • Actively participate in general student affairs activities
  • Engage in professional development and continuing education



  • Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited program (candidates with ABD status will be considered with expectation of completed degree within one year of hire date)
  • Early career and experienced psychologists are encouraged to apply
  • Successful completion of an APA-accredited internship
  • Licensed or license-eligible (to be licensed within two years of hire date) in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Demonstrated training and experience in evidence-based trauma therapy modalities (e.g., CPT, PE, TF-CBT)
  • Certification as a trauma specialist (preferred) or a desire to gain certification with funded professional development opportunities
  • Evidence of well-developed diagnostic and therapeutic skills to treat a range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology
  • Experience working with the college-aged population, including robust knowledge of the challenges experienced by young adults (preferred)
  • Demonstrated competence in providing high quality clinical and culturally responsive services that integrate multicultural, equity and social justice frameworks into practice
  • Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice, as well as personal and professional integrity
  • Demonstrated skills in collaboration, written and verbal communication, self-care, healthy boundaries, and managing a challenging workload while promoting a positive atmosphere


Additional Information:

This position is a full-time, administrative & professional faculty, exempt position. This position is a SAMHSA grant funded position for the first three years with an institutional commitment to sustain the position thereafter. The preferred start date is January 2022. Annual salary is $80,000. Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. A successful fingerprint based criminal background investigation is required. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. 

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or

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A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan.  EOE/AA


Application Instructions: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, position posted 9/21/21. To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online information section and questions, and attach (under Resume) a letter of interest, resume, and names and contact details of three references. For questions about the position contact Maureen J. Walls-McKay, PsyD, Dean of Well-Being and Director of CAPS at Do not submit applications to this email. For questions about the application process contact Human Resources. Link to apply:

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