|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
The WWU 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.
The WWU Counseling Center provides clinical and outreach services for currently enrolled WWU students. We utilize a multiple pathways to healing model. Students may participate in consultations, workshops, and intensive group therapy & intensive brief individual therapy sessions. Visit our Multiple Pathways to Healing page or our Scope of Services page for more information.
The Division of Enrollment & 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.
|About the Position
The Embedded Therapist is a member of the Counseling Center’s senior staff clinical team. This position is embedded part-time in LGBTQ+ Western and specializes in LGBTQ+ student mental health and wellness. You will serve as a visible, dedicated therapist that specializes in improving access to mental health support for diverse LGBTQ+ students, ensuring that their unique needs are addressed and supported. In this position, you uphold the university’s mission of treating all community members with respect and dignity, as well as pursuing justice and equity in your practices. You will also directly assists in increasing persistence to graduation for all students and promoting holistic wellness through strong community partnerships.
Position Duties and 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 triage and crisis intervention to students
- 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.
- Facilitate therapy groups in response to student needs
Provide direct programming service
- In partnership with the Director of LGBTQ+ Western and the Counseling Center Assistant Director/Coordinator of Outreach & Health Promotion, develop and provide consultation and case management services that are specific to LGBTQ+ mental health, including consultation and services as part of the Gender Affirming Care Team
- In partnership with the Director of LGBTQ+ Western and the Counseling Center Assistant Director/Coordinator of Outreach & Health Promotion, facilitate outreach, nonclinical support spaces, or workshops, and other programming to support the holistic wellness of diverse LGBTQ+ students, including services specifically supporting transgender students and LGBTQ+ students who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color
Participate in other 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.
- Engage in regular consultation with the LGBTQ+ Western Director to determine student needs
- Serve on university committees pertaining to LGBTQ+ health and wellness, including the Gender Affirming Care Team, Pride Housing, and the LGBTQ+ Student Health and Wellness Committee
Complete required support activities
- Maintain accurate and timely case documentation.
- Coordinate treatment and services with both on-campus and off-campus professionals.
- When appropriate, communicate with students’ families in response to crises and to facilitate off-campus care.
Training, Supervision, and Mentorship
- Teach intern seminars.
- Guide trainees in clinical, ethical, and professional development.
- Provide supervision to interns with whom groups are co-facilitated.
- Provide supervision and mentorship to student staff/Peer Health Educators
Participate in office administrative activities
- Participate in Counseling Center and LGBTQ+ Western 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.
This is an 11-month cyclic position (0.917 FTE)