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Mental Health Counselor 2

Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services, Healthcare

Position Title Mental Health Counselor
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The WWU Counseling Center provides students with short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as workshops, outreach programs and consultations to the Western community.  Our counseling staff includes a collaborative team of 10+ FTE of psychologists and licensed mental health counselors, case manager and men’s resiliency positions.  We have four doctoral intern positions, and two full-time support staff.   We work closely with the Student Health Center and Health Promotions to provide coordinated services for students.  We seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. As such, we are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively seeking diversity in our employees. WWU’s Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association for Counseling Services, and an APPIC-member site for doctoral interns.

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About the Position

The WWU Counseling Center is seeking to fill a permanent, full-time, 11-or 12-month Mental Health Counselor position.  Employment is projected to begin August 2018.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide intake assessments with triage-based disposition and referral.
  • Provide at least three hours per week of scheduled urgent appointments for students in crisis.
  • Provide individual counseling for students within a brief and focused counseling model.
  • Work closely with case manager to assist students in finding off-campus professionals for referral when that referral best meets the students’ needs.
  • Provide clinical supervision for training program.
  • Facilitate (and co-facilitate with trainees) counseling groups, workshops, and psycho-educational outreach.
  • Serve in the regular after-hours on-call counselor rotation.
    • Provide support to ProtoCall, the primary after-hours response service. 
    • The counselor will be expected to serve during times the university is in session and take a portion of on-call during breaks. The on-call counselor must be available and able to respond immediately to phone calls and to be on-site within 45 minutes. If a large-scale crisis occurs, the counselor will be expected to be part of a team of responders which could be after-hours, on weekends, or at other times outside the work day.
  • Participate in the weekly staff meeting, medical consultation meeting, peer consultation group, and other departmental and division meetings and events.
  • Provide coordinated services for clients between the Counseling Center, Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS), Consultation and Sexual Assault Support Services (CASAS), the Student Health Center medical staff, disAbility Resources, Residence Life, and various off-campus services.
  • Other duties may include one or more of the following:
    • Work with Counseling, Health, and Wellness programming on suicide/violence prevention, resiliency and emotional well-being,
    • Coordination of the Center’s groups program and/or outreach services.
  • Involvement in the Counseling Center’s participation in the national Center for Collegiate Mental Health consortium and outcome research within the Counseling Center.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in mental health discipline.
  • Licensed as a mental health counselor at the time of application (please specify jurisdiction and date license was granted).  
  • Eligible for licensure as a LMHC or Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington and gain licensure within six months of beginning position.
  • Minimum of one-year experience working in a college or university counseling center (practicum/internship may be included) or equivalent experience
  • Ability to provide brief and focused counseling.
  • Demonstrated competency working with multicultural and other diverse populations.
  • Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response.
  • Experience facilitating counseling groups.
  • Experience working as a part of a collaborative, team-based approach to clinical services in a fast-paced work setting.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Licensed two or more years as a mental health counselor.
  • Experience supervising doctoral trainees in a college counseling center.
  • Experience providing outreach and consultation.
  • Demonstrated competency in providing bilingual therapy.
  • Experience and skills with Eating Disorders/Body Image Issues, Sexual Assault and/or providing DBT.
  • Experience and skills in working with Latinx populations.
  • Experience and skills in working with Asian populations.
  • Experience and skills in providing Trans-affirming services.
  • Experience and skills with use of technology to enhance services (such as electronic health records, web-based applications, etc.).
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Application Instructions

Complete applications require: (1) a letter of application that must specifically address the listed job qualifications, (2) a current vita, and (3) names and contact information for three professional references (2 references must be able to speak in some detail about the applicant's clinical skills and expertise)

Closing Date Notes Review is ongoing; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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