Staff Psychologist/Mental Health Counselor - Washington State University in Vancouver Washington

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Washington State University

Vancouver, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

This is a non-tenured faculty position at Washington State University Vancouver, reporting to lead psychologist of Counseling Services and Access Center within Student Affairs. We are seeking a candidate who, in addition to being a strong counseling generalist, works well in a brief therapy model. The successful candidate will have familiarity with and interest in students from diverse backgrounds including first-generation college students and students of both traditional and non-traditional age. The person in this position will demonstrate skill in and commitment to providing clinical and outreach services to our community, a non-residential campus of approximately 3300 students.

This clinician will provide individual, couples and group therapy to students; conduct initial screenings/intakes; manage crises and psychological emergencies; design, implement and evaluate counseling and outreach education programs for students; participate in the training of practicum students and/or trainees; provide consultation to faculty, staff, and parents regarding mental health issues that affect the well-being of students; consult and collaborate with Counseling Services and Access Center staff, as well as with community resources, to enhance effective treatment and case management of students with diverse life needs and/or various mental health issues; and participate on University committees. This position includes opportunities for supervision towards licensure.

The clinician joins a team of diverse professionals who are committed to creating and maintaining a student-centered unit offering traditional Student Affairs services as well as disability services.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or a related mental health field.
  • Licensed in Washington State as a psychologist, mental health counselor, marriage and family counselor, or social worker or ability to be licensed within 12 months from date of hire (clinical supervision is required for any unlicensed candidate)
  • Two years professional counseling experience providing clinical services in mental health settings
  • Experience and interest in working within a brief therapy model
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and crisis intervention
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and skill working effectively with diverse individuals (e.g., of varying ethnicities, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.) of all ages from academically, culturally, and economically diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to communicate effectively

Preferred Qualifications

  • Psy.D. or Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • At least one year of experience as a therapist in a college or university counseling center setting
  • Successful completion of APA-accredited internship
  • Experience and interest providing learning disability and ADHD evaluations
  • Expertise in one or more of these areas: men’s issues, Veterans, LGBTQI, alcohol and substance concerns
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as a member of a team
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Monthly Salary

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

Direct Clinical Services – 60%

  • Provides direct personal, developmental, and crisis psychotherapy services to a caseload of student clients
  • Conducts psychotherapy within individual, couples, and group frameworks
  • Conducts initial intake assessments to develop treatment plan and assist students in accessing appropriate psychological services and other resources on campus
  • Responds appropriately and in a timely manner to emergency and urgent situations
  • Makes appropriate referrals to campus and community resources
  • Serves as an advocate and a liaison in the referral of students to campus and community resources
  • Maintains appropriate documentation (e.g. clinical notes) for all services, in keeping with clinical, ethical and legal parameters

Prevention and Outreach Programs – 10%

  • Designs, implements and evaluates outreach education programs and psychoeducational group presentations
  • Presents at new student orientation
  • Provides outreach to campus to increase awareness and educate the campus community regarding mental health issues
  • Works with Wellness Committee to achieve outreach goals around wellness topics

Consultation – 15%

  • Provides effective general consultation to faculty and staff; ability to provide clinical consultation to counseling staff
  • Responds to calls/inquiries from faculty, staff, students and parents regarding mental health issues that affect the well-being and academic progress of students
  • Participates in clinical training program with practicum students and/or other trainees;
  • Designs trainings that equip student leaders, faculty, and staff to understand the student developmental process and how to effectively work with students
  • Consults regularly with medical professionals in the community regarding the interface between medical and mental health
  • Consults and collaborates with community partners to enhance effective treatment and case management of students

Administrative Support – 5%

  • Provides assistance to the lead psychologist in the development and administration of Counseling Services
  • Attends Counseling Services meetings, Student Affairs staff meetings, Wellness Committee meetings, and other meetings pertaining to position and duties
  • Serves as point of contact during lead psychologist absence or in his/her stead

Professional Development – 5%

  • Maintains licensure in Washington
  • Maintains knowledge of ethical and legal standards of care, and provides all services in keeping with these standards
  • Continues professional development through workshops and professional affiliations
  • Maintains knowledge of national trends and campus issues regarding mental health

Other – 5%

  • Perform other duties as assigned

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
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Type of School:Research University
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