Counselor - Counseling Center
The counselor provides direct psychological/mental health care to students, coordinates training and educational services for students, offers consultations and training to staff and faculty and is involved with health, wellness, and preventive initiatives on campus. As a part of the Student Life Department and a member of the Wellness Team, this position plays a vital role in the enhancement of students' educational experience in the areas of health and wellness.
Assessing the needs of eligible clients as they present and determining the best course of care for that individual;
• Providing evaluations for students who are referred to the center for alcohol or drug abuse;
• Providing safety and risk assessments for students in crisis or students referred for unsafe behaviors;
• Referring clients who exceed the scope of service of campus counseling and wellness services to appropriate disposition in the community;
• Managing clients of concern to insure adequate disposition;
• Brief counseling of eligible clients, in either group or individual treatment, to facilitate understanding of personal or interactive issues, to define goals and to develop realistic action plans;
• Analyzing data such as interview notes and test results to identify symptoms and diagnose the nature of the clients' issues;
• Educating clients on the potential benefits of group or individual therapy and making referrals to other institutions for non-counseling issues;
• Consulting with other professionals to discuss therapy or other resources; and
• Providing crisis intervention to the Husson community.
Outreach and Special Interest: Each counselor is encouraged to engage in community outreach to both assist in the delivery of health care information to the Husson community as well as to increase the visibility of the Counseling Services Center across campus.
Each counselor is encouraged to develop an area/areas of specific interest in topics related to the well-being of University students and the University environment.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
Qualification and Experience Requirements
• Current, in-depth knowledge of his/her field and its standards of practice;
• Commitment to the practice of quality mental health services, including a commitment to human value in that practice;
• Special interest and experience working in a University setting;
• Awareness of the human developmental processes which occur during college years (undergraduate and graduate);
• Ability to work with other professional staff and support staff to produce integrated professional services;
• Ability to use peer supervision appropriately and modify treatment interventions and interpersonal strategies based on feedback from peers;
• Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational skills and an ability to provide outreach and training to groups of people;
• Ability to work independently when necessary and self-direct in order to develop and administer programming;
• Ability to respond to crises independently;
• Possession of an understanding of issues of diversity with demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in promoting respect and appreciation for diversity and pluralism among students and staff; and
• Ability to utilize technology in the delivery of student program.
Minimum of Master's Degree in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work (e.g. LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, Psychologist) with licensure, doctorate
• Licensable in Maine
• Minimum two years counseling experience, preferred with college-aged students.
• Experience in a college or university counseling center setting preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities:
• Familiarity with adolescent and adult mental health care preferred.