Mental Health Counselor & Disabilities Services Coordinator

Southern Virginia University seeks a talented and enthusiastic individual to serve as a Student Mental Health Counselor in the Student Support Center. The position will likely start fall of 2017 and is contingent upon funding. The job may be filled as a 9 month (traditional school year) position.


Job Summary

The Student Mental Health Counselor provides individual counseling for Southern Virginia students utilizing brief therapy models. Successful candidates will also be experienced providing treatment in crisis intervention, brief therapy, and in working with diverse populations and with common psychological concerns of college students. Counseling techniques offered will respond with sensitivity and confidentially to the diverse needs of Southern Virginia students. Referral and resource information will be maintained as well as Student Support Center statistics and clinical records. The individual will also serve as Disabilities Support Services Coordinator and will oversee the implementation of services available to students with disabilities to include learning disabilities.


General Duties

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments for university students including the diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Provide therapeutic time-limited solution-focused individual and group counseling
  • Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Maintain highest levels of protection of student’s right to privacy regarding health care records, student records, and confidentiality
  • Remain current on clinical service delivery issues within the collegiate mental health field
  • Assess current disabilities services and programs, make recommendations for improvements, and implement appropriate changes
  • Coordinate with outside agencies and campus departments on accommodation and accessibility issues
  • Advise and assist faculty regarding reasonable accommodations for exams and assignments
  • Engage in professional activities at the local and regional levels

Essential Abilities, Experience, and Skills

A Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Counseling/Clinical Psychology or related field and license or license eligibility as a mental health services provider is required. Counseling experience required, with preference given to candidates with experience in a college/university counseling center setting. The candidate must possess well-developed clinical assessment skills and high standards of ethical behavior and demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and with other departments within the university. Strong interpersonal skills and technological capabilities are needed. Knowledge of developmental issues of college students and demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural issues required. Preference will be given to candidates who also have experience or training with disabilities services and are familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to university students and their educational rights.


Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:


Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax: 540-266-3874
Email: hr@svu.edu