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Mental Health Counselor

Apply now Posting #: 4607
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Student Affairs

Position Title & Department:

 Mental Health Counselor; Student Affairs
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Department Description:

In the Catholic tradition, the Student Affairs Division strives to create an inclusive, educational environment which motivates and supports student learning and personal development, serves the University community, and inspires students to make a positive contribution to society. Our philosophy and approach is to collaboratively work with Academic Affairs and all areas of the University to create an integrated learning environment.

The Student Affairs Division is a dynamic, student centered and learning organization. We are poised to create a vibrant and active co-curricular learning experience for all students. Our emphasis on leadership development and social change allows us to work on developing future ethical leaders to serve in a complex, global and changing world. We are committed to fostering a sense of belonging and continuously building toward a just, welcoming and caring community for all.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to grounding our policies, programs, and procedures in antiracist practice. With this commitment, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves and holding one another accountable to ensure our work is approached through an equity, inclusion, and social justice lens. We recognize our need for ongoing development in this area and continue to strive to improve. We expect all members of the Division of Student Affairs are willing to engage in this work alongside us to uphold our Catholic mission in creating a welcoming environment where the dignity of all students, staff, administrators, and faculty at USD is embraced

Leads alcohol and other drug individual assessments, counseling, and consultations, facilitates groups with an emphasis on harm and risk reduction. Designs, coordinates, and implements prevention initiatives for the university community. Maintains and enhances clinical protocols and processes and participates in supporting training programs, including the provision of clinical supervision for eligible trainees. Adheres to the professional regulations mandated by the state of California. Utilizes electronic medical record software to document clinical activity. Participates in Integrated Care Model working with various mental health and medical providers and directly leads elements of the health promotion and prevention efforts with a specific emphasis on alcohol and other drugs. Supervised by the Senior Director, Mental and Behavioral Health Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct Services Initiatives:

  • Conduct individual alcohol and other drug related assessments following department guidelines and professional and ethical standards. Develop and implement appropriate educational materials to complement interventions.
  • Facilitate psychoeducational and process orientated counseling groups, including but not limited to judicial referral groups.
  • Assist with ongoing development, implementation and coordination of the Wellness clinical training program, including supervision of trainees (graduate students and undergraduate students).
  • Provide culturally sensitive services to underserved populations (students from racial and ethnic minority groups, students with LGBTQA+ identities , student who identify as Veterans, male identified students) including both AOD specific counseling and general mental health counseling
  • Support the development of a university recovery community
  • Consult with parents, faculty, and staff regarding AOD and recovery related questions, concerns, interventions, and referrals
  • Actively participate in the university integrated care service delivery model (InCa)
  • Provide care coordination (i.e. case management services) for students seeking access to various wellness resources including 12-step support
  • Provide urgent and crisis response services to students
  • Participate in the University Wellness On-Call process (nights and weekends, as need)

Promotion, Prevention, Outreach and Training Initiatives:

  • Develop and implement a variety of paraprofessional and professional trainings, programs, presentations and workshops for the USD community on various wellness topics (i.e. alcohol and other drugs, self-care, sexual violence, sleep, adjustment concerns, bystander intervention).
  • Facilitate workshops and trainings with groups such as Athletics, Residential Life, University Ministry, Academic Affairs, and other Student Affairs units. Plan events, develop and present materials for constituency's specific needs and goals.
  • Participate in the trainings and supervision for clinical trainees and student leaders.
  • Assists in creating, editing and publishing of wellness related educational materials.
  • Participate in institutionalized Student Wellness outreach efforts including National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Mental Health Screenings, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, and Safe Spring Break, Orientation Events)
  • Facilitate, support and engage in Student Wellness outreach programs, trainings and activities.
  • Serve on designated unit, area, division and other University and community committees.
  • Engage in special projects as assigned.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Participate in weekly group and individual staff meetings and other staff development activities, including the weekly integrated care team meeting (InCa).
  • Maintain clinical documentation via the university’s electronic medical record software that is in accordance with unit standards and ethical guidelines
  • Work collaboratively to create, edit, and publish educational materials and brochures.
  • Coordinate and oversee the administrative processes for various harm reduction programs such as the USD emergency ride service
  • Maintain and contribute to the enhancement of clinical protocols.
  • Facilitate administrative aspects of undergraduate and a graduate level training programs.
  • Perform general office duties in absence of staff support (phones, correspondence, visitor assistance, etc).  
  • Work directly with others to provide training and supervision on clinical protocols, coordinate administrative processes, and compile statistical reports for clinical services and outcomes based assessment.
  • Participate in the preparation of unit reports and federally mandated reports.  

Special Conditions of Employment:

Must be willing to work evenings and weekends to participate in wellness outreach and training programs to meet the wellness needs of the USD administrative and student population.

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Required Master’s Degree (MSW, MA, MS, MEd) in Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work or other related field. Experience providing AOD prevention, education, and treatment to college students.
  • Experience with harm reduction approaches, relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery programs, specifically 12-step
  • Licensed or eligibility for licensure as a mental health provider in California (Psychology, LCSW, MFT or LPCC).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology; licensure (or license eligible)
  • Demonstrated excellence in AOD assessments, motivational interviewing and other harm reduction approaches to treatment
  • Experience working with students in recovery and recovery communities
  • Supervisory experience of trainees (practicum students) and/or undergraduate peer educators.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent human relation and communication skills: showing ability to work with diverse populations and establish/ maintain collaborative relationships with organizations within the university and the community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current alcohol and other drug issues impacting the college-aged population and specific higher risk groups (i.e. Greek Life, Athletics, Student Veterans, students with co-occurring wellness concerns).
  • Work alignment with the mission, vision, and strategic plan of USD and co-curricular learning outcomes
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and commitment to on-going and development. 
  • Creativity and imagination to envision and initiate original solutions to challenging problems.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and groups, coach and mentor students.
  • Mediation, conflict resolution, decision-making and implementation skills; experience in a leadership/supervisory role.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a level of confidentiality congruent with the policies of the University and Student Wellness.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of training events and programs.  Ability to evaluate students through consultations and utilize skills to assess student needs and prepare plan for improvement. 
  • Possesses excellent writing and basic research skills.
  • Ability to respond to urgent and/or crisis situations
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational techniques, ability to remain calm under pressure and be able to multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to initiate, coordinate, oversee and complete various projects in a team atmosphere with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to collaboration with campus partners and university stakeholders
  • Excellent skills in the use of specific equipment and tools as identified below.
Posting Salary:

$5,373.34 - 6,750.00 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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