Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Training

Bowling Green, KY
Mar 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

About the Counseling & Testing Center

We believe that the university experience should be challenging, not overwhelming, and universities have a duty to support students as they are being challenged. To this end, the WKU Counseling and Testing Center is committed to promoting the academic mission of the university by providing a variety of psychological services to students that will augment retention and graduation by strengthening students' capacity to tolerate distress, form healthy relationships, and seek healthy expressions of their ideals and values. The Counseling and Testing Center also advances the university's mission by providing educational programming, training, and consultation to the students, faculty, staff, and constituents of WKU. Additionally, we offer a variety of academic testing for the university and community.

The Counseling & Testing Center functions as a collaborative partner in the University's mission to nurture student success and prepare a diverse student population to embark on meaningful life endeavors. The CTC is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs and reports to the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affair. The CTC is committed to inclusive excellence, welcoming a wide range of clients for psychological services and those seeking consultation. The diverse staff of CTC strives to serve students in ways that respect and affirm all of their identities and life experiences. We welcome candidates who will continue to expand our reach to marginalized and under-represented students, including but not limited to persons of color, international, first-generation, the LGBTQAI community, veterans, and those with disabilities. Current CTC initiatives include leadership on our campus partners (e.g., behavioral intervention) team and active engagement activities that foster support for new students and first generation and non-traditional students, and extensive outreach to the university community.

Job Description:

The Western Kentucky University Counseling & Testing Center (CTC) is looking for a full-time, 12-month, Staff Psychologist/Coordinator of Training to add to its multidisciplinary counseling team. This staff member reports to the Director of CTC and is a member of the Division of Student Affairs. Duties of the position include short-term individual, group, and couples therapy; psychological assessment; consultation; outreach and psychoeducational workshops (sometimes after hours); coordination of the training program and clinical supervision of Masters' level clinicians and interns; liaison/consultant relationships with university partners. All clinical staff positions involve some administrative duties and roles.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Services

  • Experience within a college or university counseling center background treating late adolescents and young adults is preferred.
  • Provide culturally competent psychotherapy and counseling for individuals, groups, and/or couples.
  • Provide on-call crisis and walk-in services.
  • Clinical experience addressing suicide risk assessment and intervention, crisis response intervention, care coordination, and working with high risk/high acuity clients.
  • Commitment to participating in campus-wide educational and outreach activities (some may be evening hours).
  • Commitment to a proactive student development perspective involving an active relationship with the campus community.
  • Possess broad "generalist" clinical skills in assessing and intervening with a wide range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology in treatment utilizing a short-term model of care.

Outreach, Consultation, and Liaison Services

  • Engage in third-party consultation with faculty, staff, families, students, and others about mental health concerns impacting students.
  • Create and participate in outreach and psychoeducational programming in classrooms, programs (some evening and weekends), and within the university community.
  • Perform liaison activities and work collaboratively with staff in offices outside the Counseling Center to identify student needs and develop, provide, and/or coordinate mental health services to meet those needs. May be assigned to specific functional areas

Supervision and Training

  • Coordinate the CTC training program.
  • Create curriculum for training and facilitate seminars, workshops, and educational programs.
  • Provide alternate clinical supervision responsibilities (with other Center staff) for Center trainees, enrolled in graduate programs in mental health fields and are providing counseling services to students.

Administration and Support

  • Ability to problem solve, work independently on tasks, create team cohesion, and meet deadlines.
  • A collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect and trust towards colleagues.
  • Coordinate or oversee various activities and/or functions in the Center (e.g., group services, outreach programming, training experiences, electronic record-keeping systems/Titanium®).
  • Maintain accurate client records within legal and ethical guidelines of the profession; complete documentation and case management in a timely manner; familiarity with Titanium® software.
  • Provide service to the Counseling Center, Division of Student Affairs, and University by participating in committee work.
  • Engage in professional development activities within the department, division, and university, such as seminars, conferences, retreats, and in-services.
  • Be knowledgeable of and support CTC policies and procedures, as well as Student Affairs divisional goals and objectives.
  • Consult with Director and/or Associate Director regarding all major decisions which affect the CTC.

Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:

  • Knowledge of brief/short-term treatment modalities, developmental theory, psychiatric medications, crisis intervention and suicide assessment helpful.
  • Candidates should have a demonstrated history of healthy and enjoyable working relationships and a collaborative style.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, self-directed, demonstrated commitment to high professional ideals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Required qualifications are a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical psychology or Ph.D. in counseling psychology from an APA accredited program and Kentucky licensure or the ability to attain licensure in KY within one year of employment. Minimum of 3 years clinical experience in a university or college counseling center or similar setting. Strong clinical, diagnostic, interpersonal, and collaborative skills. Some evening and on-call hours may be required.

In addition, candidates should be generalist clinicians with training and experience in a wide range of student mental health and presenting concerns, and have specific interest and experience in providing counseling to traditional college-age as well as non-traditional students. Collegial and collaborative relationships within and beyond the Center and a commitment to equity and inclusivity are expectations of the position and essential to our mission. We are especially interested in applications from candidates who will significantly enhance the diversity of our staff.

Additional Information:

Salary Grade: 110 Salary Range: $50,000-$64,000

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 - 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted by visiting

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of philosophy and theoretical approach to working with clients in a university college counseling center (one page, please).

You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about July 3, 2017.