Staff Counselor: Academic Support-Focus

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Job TitleStaff Counselor - Wellness CenterPosition NumberJob CategoryUniversity StaffJob TypeFull-TimeFLSA StatusExemptCampusRogers Park-Lake Shore CampusDepartment NameWELLNESS CENTERLocation CodeWELLNESS CTR LSC (03830A)Is this split and/or fully grant funded? NoDuties and Responsibilities

The Academic Support-Focus Counselor provides and coordinates clinical services designed to minimize the impact of mental illness and emotional distress on the academic and personal functioning of at-risk students. The position reflects a University and Divisional commitment to providing a coordinated team approach to meeting the increasing demand for mental health assessment, crisis and personal counseling for students as well as for consultation to University staff, faculty, administrators and parents.

1. The Urgent Care Specialist is a 10-month clinical psychologist or social worker/clinical professional counselor position at the Lakeshore Campus office of Wellness Center (WC), a unit within the Division of Student Development. This full-time Wellness Center professional will be embedded within the Sullivan Center of the Lakeshore Campus. Working in close collaboration with the Director of Counseling and the counseling team, this counselor will provide individual counseling, urgent care assessments, group counseling, workshops and outreach to students accessing support from the numerous student services offices at the Sullivan Center.

2. Devises and delivers variety of outreach services at Sullivan center and other locations as needed

•Offers psychoeducation workshops to students on intersection of mental health, well-being, and academic learning skills
•Offers support group and other group interventions based on assessment of need
•Provides group and individual coaching and consultation to student and professional staff around supporting students in distress within the scope of their roles
3. Provides crisis management services.
•Consults with Sullivan- Center staff providing services to students who exhibit mental health symptoms or whose mental health and emotional distress are impeding their ability to succeed academically.
•Provides walk-in crisis and risk assessment, urgent and emergent counseling services to students in acute distress.
•Develops safety plans and facilitates psychiatric hospitalizations as necessary.
•Supervises trainees with clinical crises and urgent care situations.
•Provides after-hours, weekend and holiday coverage 24/7 on a rotating basis with other Wellness Center staff members.
4. Provides high quality counseling and psychological services for Loyola students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
•Provides triage, urgent care assessment and intervention, initial visit intakes, group counseling and brief individual psychological counseling focused on student success.
•Maintains clinical records and necessary statistics of psychotherapeutic and other client contacts in compliance with legal and ethical standards and best practices.
•Consults with psychiatrists in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for psychotherapy patients.
•Consults with parents, physicians, faculty, deans, off-campus counseling services, other campus offices and students, when appropriate, in order to provide quality care to students.
•Makes referrals to off-campus therapists, clinics, and hospitals, when appropriate.
5. Supervises unlicensed student therapists as part of training program.
•May supervise, design and participate in training experiences for masters and/or doctoral level graduate trainees in accord with high standards of care and academic program learning outcomes
•Provides case management oversight and consultation to trainees, as assigned.
•Organizes, leads and/or contributes to training seminars for graduate level interns and externs.
6. Provides outreach and consultation to students, faculty, staff and parents.
•Conducts outreach and other student learning programs, as requested, orientation sessions for new students and emergency and postvention support to the campus community, as needed.
•Conducts organized mental health awareness campaigns as assigned by Director of Counseling
•Develops and implements trainings on mental health awareness for student services professional and student staff.
•Participates in campus-based mental health initiatives organized by Wellness Center such as suicide prevention programs.
•Stays current on relevant research and best practices regarding psychological services to the college student population.
•Develops psychoeducational programming to address campus mental health and climate issues.
7. Participates in regular Wellness Center staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service/professional development training.
•May serves on Wellness Center and/or Student Development and university committees by request or as appointed by the Director of the Wellness Center or the Director of Counseling.
•Develops didactic and psychoeducational presentations to groups inside and outside of the Wellness Center
•Organizes and presents in team meetings and clinical case conferences to Wellness Center staff members based on areas of specialty and clinical expertise.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience

Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field, with demonstrated experience and skill in mental health and /or other outreach work required.

Minimum of 4 to 6 years of supervised experience with a college or young adult population required.


Demonstrated skill in working well under pressure to prioritize and manage multiple clinical situations and coordinate these efforts as part of a multidisciplinary team. Ability to work independently and to be a self-starter is a must.

Must possess excellent therapeutic, supervision and communication skills and be an effective and seasoned consultant to a wide variety of groups and diverse populations within the University. Demonstrated sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues and proven ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups is necessary. Willingness to work in a team model of service delivery that values a collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect and trust towards colleagues is essential.

Minimum qualifications:

•demonstrated interest and experience working with college students including diverse and/or underrepresented college students
•demonstrated consultation skills
•current State of Illinois licensure, or ability to attain Illinois license within 90 days of employment.
•experience in crisis management preferred; experience with more severe psychopathology also preferred
•demonstrated ability to apply theory to practice
•demonstrated ability to quickly create a trusting, supportive rapport with students
•ability to develop and deliver presentations to large and small groups
•knowledge of alcohol abuse and substance use disorders and its impact on students
•demonstrated effective leadership, management and team building skills required in working with various groups and departments to coordinate referrals of students needed for case management services.
•minimum of 4 to 6 years of supervised experience with a college or young adult population required.
•strong personal and professional resonance with the university mission

Preferred qualifications:

In addition to the above, the ideal candidate would also have a background in the treatment of some of the issues common with the college student population, including eating disorders, mood disorders, first psychosis, trauma, sexual abuse, substance abuse, first generation college students, and/or LGBT+ issues. Facility with integrative models of brief psychotherapy, familiarity with college populations or previous experience in a college counseling center preferred.


Valid State of Illinois license as a clinical psychologist, LCSW or LCPC.

Computer Skills

Ability to use electronic medical records (EMR experience preferred)

Ability to use basic office software suites.

Supervisory ResponsibilitiesNoRequired operation of university owned vehiclesNoDoes this position require direct animal or patient contact? YesPhysical DemandsNoneWorking ConditionsNoneOpen Date10/17/2019Close DateSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsQuick Link for Posting Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field, with demonstrated experience and skill in mental health and /or other outreach work?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of 4 to 6 years of supervised experience with a college or young adult population?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid State of Illinois license as a clinical psychologist, LCSW or LCPC?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Why do you want to work for Loyola University Chicago?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)

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  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
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    Posted: 10/19/2019
    Application Due: 10/25/2019
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