Mental Health Counselor

Southern Virginia University
Student Counseling Center Mental Health Counselor

Southern Virginia University is seeking a counselor. The Counseling Center Clinician provides individual, couples, and group counseling and crisis intervention services for SVU students utilizing brief therapy models. Successful candidates will also be experienced in providing treatment in crisis intervention and in working with diverse populations. Knowledge and experience with the mental health concerns of college students required. SVU Counseling Center staff approach our students’ needs with sensitivity and confidentiality as they respond to the diverse needs of our student body. Referral and resource information will be maintained as well as Counseling Center clinical records using an EHR/ERM.

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments for university students including diagnosis, treatment planning, and resource identification.
  • Provide therapeutic brief, time-limited, individual, couple, and group counseling.
  • Complete clinical documentation (IE clinical intakes, treatment plans, and case notes) within a timely manner.
  • Provide crisis interventions services in office and on campus, as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Provide referrals for students to treatment providers in the community.
  • Remain current on clinical service delivery issues within the collegiate mental health field.
  • Engage in professional activities at the local and regional levels as needed.
  • Provide community outreach and program development activities on campus as called upon or assigned by the Dean of Students or Director of Student Wellness Center.
  • Coordinate care of clients with on- and off-campus medical and mental health providers as necessary.
  • Acquire and maintain professional license to practice independently in respective field of training.
  • Maintain a schedule with 75-80% of the counselor’s time in direct patient services and 20-25% engaged in indirect services.
  • Participate in a shared call schedule. Some duties and activities may occur after hours or on weekends depending on clinical or university needs.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or Counseling/Clinical Psychology or related field and license or license eligibility in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Supervision towards independent licensure may be provided, but a fully licensed counselor is preferred. Counseling experience required, with preference given to candidates with experience in a college/university counseling center setting. A qualified candidate will possess well-developed clinical assessment skills and high standards of ethical behavior. Moreover, a qualified candidate will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with supervisors, the counseling team, 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. Interested candidates should send their CV/resume, a statement of therapeutic approach to treating university students, and the contact information for at least four professional references to Michelle Mahaffey, Wellness Center Office Manager, via email to

About Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University is a private, self-reliant, residential university aligned with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its principles and values. Our mission is to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students, lift them in intellect, character, and spirituality, and launch them into successful lives and careers.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the southern tip of the idyllic Shenandoah Valley, Southern Virginia University maintains a campus environment, including a Code of Conduct, aligned with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We welcome all applicants who will sincerely strive to live by and support our standards. Interested applicants can learn more at

Southern Virginia University is an equal-opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately.