Student Counseling Center Mental Health Counselor

Southern Virginia University is seeking a counselor for Fall Semester 2021. The Counseling Center Clinician will provide individual, couples, and group counseling and crisis intervention services for SVU students utilizing brief therapy models. Successful candidates will also be experienced providing treatment in crisis intervention and in working with diverse populations. Knowledge and experience with the psychological concerns of college students required. Counseling techniques offered will respond with sensitivity and confidentially to the diverse needs of SVU students. Referral and resource information will be maintained as well as Counseling Center clinical records using an EHR/ERM. The job will be filled as an 11 month position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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. 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 michelle.mahaffey@svu.edu.