Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Part-time)
The licensed mental health counselor is primarily responsible for providing intake and assessment appointments, supportive case management, and personal counseling services to Harrisburg University students to promote optimum mental health and college success. The counselor assists with short and long-term care plans of students experiencing social, academic and emotional difficulties and further promote the mission of the university to provide educational, personal, and professional support to promote student development and success.
This position will work 10 months of the calendar year, August through May. The number of hours worked weekly will vary between 20-29 hours.
• An earned Doctorate or Master’s degree from an accredited program in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Counseling, or a relevant mental health field.
• Licensed, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to practice independent clinical services within his/her area of competency.
• Applicants must have demonstrated experience in college counseling, excellent clinical skills, experience working with a diverse student population, sensitivity to equity and inclusion and a commitment to campus involvement.
• Knowledge and demonstrated application of current treatment, research, use of data, and trends in the areas of mental health, particularly depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, new student adjustment, interpersonal and family of origin relational dynamics, , especially as it relates to first-generation university students
• Knowledge of professional standards and ethical guidelines
• Ability to navigate the public mental health system, including working with the county and state mental health boards
• Maintenance of license and CEU requirements as deemed by the State of Pennsylvania licensure board
• Ability to institute risk, crisis and emergency protocols
• Competent to work with a diverse clinical population
• Strong work ethic and self-motivation; high level of energy, flexibility, initiative and creativity; organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to manage multiple cases concurrently
• Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues
• The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills and interest in the following: crisis management, assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, outreach, and consultation. Candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to multicultural competency and working with individuals from underrepresented and/or underserved populations.
• Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office computer systems, experience with computer-based integrated student databases and receptive to the use of new technology. Experience working with Titanium Schedule helpful, but not required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other duties may be assigned as needed to support the mission and vision of the university
• Serve as resource for students in needs of counseling support
• Provide crisis intervention, advocacy, referrals, accompaniment, information on system-wide operations, victim outreach, on-and-off campus service coordination, problem-solving, and help with students who are impacted by traumatic, disruptive or disturbing life events (i.e. intimate partner violence, bias motivated incidents, trauma, grief/loss, etc.)
• Provide both individual and group counseling to HU students to address goals related to personal, academic, career and/or social concerns
• Complete walk-in screenings, intakes, and assessments for crisis students; provide daytime and after hour crisis intervention and post-intervention services and provide periodic on call duties as assigned
• Respond to questions and assist students in need; act as a resource for connecting students to appropriate support on and off campus as necessary (i.e. alcohol, drug and/or psychiatric treatment)
• Provide on-call assistance to university staff who may need to consult about student crisis situations; serve as a consultant to faculty, administration and staff regarding questions about mental health
• Provide training, lectures and workshops to staff, faculty and students related to university-based concerns (including RA training, aggression management seminars, vandalism prevention workshops, etc.)
• Maintain up-to-date files and notes on students in collaboration with the office of student services and HIPPA compliance
• Work continually with the lead counselor and director of student services to ensure the provision of the highest quality care to those requesting services; assess current practices and recommend changes based on the needs of the HU community
• Provide on-campus outreach and work with the university community to promote counseling support programs and initiatives as an important factor in student success; communicate programs and events to students through the most effective means including relationship-based networking, social media, the MyHU intranet, marketing materials and other means of communication
• Serve on university work groups to review the university’s current counseling support activities and identify gaps in resources or implementation, recommend changes to policies and procedures and oversee the implementation of the changes to enhance HU’s student counseling programs
Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.