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Multicultural Resiliency Specialist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Multicultural Resiliency Specialist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 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 90,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Enrollment and Student Services and the Counseling Center support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The Counseling Center's mission is to facilitate student success and psychological well-being through culturally sensitive clinical services, outreach, and consultation. In addition to providing clinical and outreach services for all Western students, the Center contributes to the development of the mental health professions by serving as a training site for graduate students in psychology and counseling.
About the Position

As the Multicultural Resiliency Specialist, you will join the Counseling Center as a committed member of upholding equity in mental health on the senior staff clinical team. You will serve as a visible and dedicated full-time therapist who specializes in the mental health of marginalized communities, ensuring their unique needs are addressed and supported.

Position Duties / Responsibilities:

Provide direct clinical service

  • Provide culturally informed, time-limited clinical services to university students in the form of individual, group, and couples counseling for a diverse student population across the spectrum of developmental and mental health issues.
  • Provide group therapy specific to mental health needs of marginalized communities.
  • Apply skills and techniques of evaluation, assessment of risk of harm to self (suicide) or others, psychometry, and psychotherapy.
  • Diagnose according to the current DSM. Intervene in student mental health crises.

Complete required support activities

  • Maintain accurate and timely case documentation.
  • Provide case management as needed for clients seen for assessment and clients in caseload.
  • Coordinate treatment and services with both on-campus and off-campus professionals.
  • Communicate with students'' families, when appropriate, in response to crises and to facilitate off-campus care.
  • Network with community professionals and relay current information to Counseling Center staff.

Participate in consultation and outreach efforts

  • Provide consultation and outreach to faculty, staff, parents, student organizations, and other campus offices to facilitate student development, increase awareness and understanding of general counseling issues, and identify appropriate responses to student mental health needs within the University setting.
  • Develop and provide consultation and outreach programs that are specific to the mental health needs of marginalized communities

Serve as a training supervisor

  • Supervise graduate-level trainees.
  • Meet once a week at a minimum to provide face-to face supervision, providing case consultation and session videotape review.
  • Review and assign cases that are appropriate to the level of trainee development.
  • Review trainee documentation.
  • Teach intern seminars.
  • Guide trainees' in clinical, ethical, and professional development.
  • Provide supervision to interns with whom groups are co-facilitated.

Participate in office administrative activities

  • Participate in Counseling Center administration activities including staff meetings and committees

Participate in other consultation, support, and training activities

  • Consult with other staff and trainees about student mental health issues, attend weekly staff meetings, participating in peer consultation, medical-psychological consultation, and professional development trainings. Participate in continuing education activities as required for licensure and to build on professional skill development through professional workshops, online training, and conferences. This should include development and maintenance of skills in working with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and lifestyles to support diversity and inclusivity in the Western community. Provide consultation and training to staff and pre-professional trainees in the counselor's areas of expertise. Keep the Counseling Center director apprised of latest research and treatment modalities in areas of expertise. Contribute to the University community by serving on committees, program involvement, or other campus-wide activities.
Required Qualifications For Masters-level clinicians:
  • Master’s degree in mental health discipline by start of position
  • Licensed as a mental health counselor or clinical social worker 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.

For doctoral-level clinicians:

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology by start of position
  • Eligible for licensure in the State of Washington and gain licensure within twelve months of beginning position.

All applicants:

  • Minimum of one-year experience working in a college or university counseling center (practicum/internship may be included)
  • Ability to provide brief and focused counseling
  • Demonstrated competency working with multicultural and other diverse populations
  • Demonstrated experience providing therapy and outreach to Black and/or Native/Indigenous communities
  • Demonstrated experience providing therapy to communities affected by racial and/or historical trauma
  • 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
  • Graduate of an APA-accredited doctoral program and/or completed an APA-accredited internship.
  • Experience facilitating Emotional Emancipation Circles, Talking Circles, or Healing Circles
Salary Commensurate experience with an excellent benefits package
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 Application review begins March 22; 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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, 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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