Clinical Therapist-Community Support Specialist

Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
This position will be split between providing direct care to clients of the clinic (50% time) and providing Peer Support Training and Greater Resilience Information Toolkit (GRIT) development and training (50% time).

The Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic (VHTC) provides services to survivors of psychological trauma using evidence-based practices in treatment.  The target populations are active duty and retired veterans, first responders, family members, trauma survivors, and others who are suffering from symptoms of combat/deployment stress, Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders or burnout.  Services may include assessments, individual trauma treatment, group therapy, family therapy, biofeedback and crisis intrevention.  Clincian will maintain their caseload consistent with the requirements of payors, laws, ethical, quality and contemporary professional standards.  

Clinician must be licensed and practicing mental healthcare providor in the State of Colorado and trained and experienced in a variety of evidenced based trauma treatments (i.e., EMDR, CPT, TF-CBT, DBT, etc.)  Clinician qualifications include extensive knowledge about trauma including PTSD, psychological disorders, substance use disorders, suicide risks, major depression, SPMI and trauma specific challenges including family violence and anger issues.

This position also involves providing support to the Director of Community Training and Empowerment for the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience in the areas of Peer Support Training and developing/training in the GRIT Resilience programing.  More specifically, clinician will assist in and conduct training for Peer Support and GRIT trainings, provide clinical suppport consulting to peer supporters, and provide training to the commuity and organizations on resilience, wellness and mental health.  Finally, this position will also include reaching out to organizations that might be interested in peer support to potentially generate new contracts. 

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students. 

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

Provide direct clinical services to veterans, first responders, trauma survivors and their families using evidenced-based practices in treatment.Deliver and document services according to the policies of the clinic in a timely manner using the systems available (such as Electronic Medical Records and Scheduling).Participate in team meetings, staffings, and clinical consultations.Ensure compliance with clinical research protocols and overall clinical services research objectives.Provide support for current Peer Support program participants.Deliver Peer Support Initial Certification curriculum training developed by the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience to program participants as well as necessary on-going/follow-up training. Provide clinical support consulting to trained Peer Supporters.Serve as a liaison between the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience and the contracted agencies utilizing its Peer Support Program. Reaching out to new organizations that might be interested in peer support to potentially generate new contracts.Support and execute training in current GRIT programs and assist/lead in the development of new contracts as they arise.Assist, as time permits, in other projects that the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is involved.The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and ressponsibilites.  Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Job Competencies:

Extensive knowledge about work related stress and burnout challenges and related issues facing frontline providers, first responders, military, and healthcare professionals including common psychological disorders (i.e., PTSD, substance abuse and dependence, suicide risks, major depression, anxiety disorders), trauma specific challenges including acute stress responses, and primary trauma outcomes including family violence, and anger issues. Training and experience with Department of Defense clinical guidelines and the recommended evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and/or Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).Training and experience with developing and conducting trainings, consulting with diverse agencies, program development, and working directly with a wide range of behavioral health providers.Training and experience with risk assessment and crisis intervention strategies.Ability to provide training on resilience, wellness, and mental health to community and organizations.This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $50,000 - $65,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. 

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit.  Information on university benefit programs, including eligibility is located at  Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators │  University of Colorado.

This position is dependent on the availability of auxiliary revenues funding. 

Tentative Search Timeline:

The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of May 10, 2021.The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of May 17, 2021.The potential employee start date is early June 2021. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living, and working community.  To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.  

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently licensed in Colorado as a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master's degree in Clinical Psychology or other behavioral health field
  • Three (3) years post Master's degree experience providing clinical interventions related to post traumatic stress, working with military,1st responder, frontline workers, other health professional clients, and at least one DoD recommended treatment protocol (EMDR, CPT, PE) 
  • Two (2) years of experience developing and providing trainings on psychological topics
  • Preferred Qualifications:

    Four (4+) years post Master's degree experience providing clinical interventions related to post traumatic stress, working with military, 1st responder, frontline workers, other health professional clients, and at least one DoD recommended treatment protocol (EMDR, CPT, PE)Experience with at least 2 DOD recommended treatment protocols (EMDR, CPT, PE, TF-CBT) Physical Qualifications:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to move.  Tasks may involve using a computer screen continuously for long periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Health Care
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Apr 16, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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