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Part-Time Temporary Mental Health Counselor

Apply now Work type: Temporary Staff Pool
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Part-Time Temporary 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, doctoral interns, case manager, suicide prevention and men's resiliency 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 applications for a temporary pool for part-time Mental Health Counselors to provide counseling to students during times of increased service demand during the academic year.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing intake assessments with triage-based disposition and referral
  • Providing crisis appointments for students requiring same-day appointments
  • Providing individual counseling for students within a brief and focused counseling model
  • Working closely with case manager to assist students in finding off-campus professionals for referral when that referral best meets the students' needs
  • Temporary counselors may have the opportunity to facilitate counseling groups, workshops, and psycho-educational outreach
  • Participating in departmental meetings and/or consultation groups
  • Providing 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
Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology, clinical social work, or related mental health field
  • Licensed as a mental health counselor, licensed clinical social worker, or licensed marriage and family therapist in State of Washington at the time of application (please specify license type and number)
  • Ability to provide brief and focused counseling
  • Demonstrated competency working with multicultural and other diverse populations
  • Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working as part of a collaborative, team-based approach to clinical services in a fast-paced work setting
  • Experience working in a college or university counseling center (practicum/internship may be included)
  • Experience and skills providing services to populations who typically under-utilize services, such as African American, Latinx, Asian, or Native American communities
  • Experience working with black/African American populations
  • Experience and skills 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

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Open continuously 

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).

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