Brief Intervention Specialist- Student Counseling Services

Mental Health Therapist: Brief Intervention Specialist  

Student Counseling Center (21000000PG)

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Mental Health Therapist: Brief Intervention Specialist

The Student Counseling Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for a licensed or license-eligible mental health professional with special interest and experience in brief interventions including suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention. We are seeking candidates who contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural commitment of the University.  This is a new 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position opening immediately.  

The Department: The Student Counseling Center is a full-service collegiate counseling center staffed by 14 clinicians at the master’s and doctoral level. As an APA accredited training site with 5 intern positions, the center provides a robust training program for multiple levels of doctoral psychology trainees. The department is actively engaged in suicide prevention and stress management programming within the university community. The Center shares a state-of-the-art facility with the Student Health Center and the Center for Health Education and Wellness allowing significant collaboration in the care of students.  

The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff persons who serve our students through 16 departments and functions. Division Staff are actively engaged in the lives of students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.  

The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 28,000+ students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, we are committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all our activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.  

The Position: Reporting to the Associate Director for Clinical Services, the primary function of the Brief Intervention Specialist is to provide a range of culturally responsive "rapid access" or urgent care services. These services will include crisis assessment and intervention, brief solution-focused interventions, brief initial assessments (triage), facilitation of referrals to inpatient and outpatient community providers, and other single session interventions. While the therapist in this position may carry a small caseload of traditional psychotherapy clients, the primary focus will be brief interventions of 1-3 sessions. The successful candidate will have strong general therapy skills including crisis assessment and intervention and will be comfortable working with a wide range of clinical issues within a short-term treatment model. This position includes opportunity for engagement within the university community through community intervention and outreach, development of liaison relationships with campus partners, and mental health consultation with faculty and staff. The position also allows for participation in the center’s doctoral training program through didactics, seminars, and other teaching opportunities consistent with the needs of the training program. Finally, the person in this position will be expected to demonstrate clear commitment to all dimensions of diversity and to produce professional work that is culturally informed.  


Provide culturally appropriate clinical service to students including:  

    Drop-in appointments, brief assessment, and interventions  Crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization  Assessment of suicidal ideation and dangerousness to self and others Community and campus referrals Assist with hospitalizations and aftercare  Traditional individual, couple, and group psychotherapy based upon center needs.   
Coordination and collaboration with departmental staff  

    Assistance with coordination of drop-in and other rapid access appointments  General consultation regarding intervention  Consultation and training with staff regarding brief interventions  Participation in departmental staff meetings, committees, training Training in doctoral clinical training program as needed.  
 Campus community engagement including:  

    Presenting psychoeducational workshops, suicide prevention or Gatekeeper training  Providing support at mental health related events  Service on university committees.   
Administrative duties:  

    Documentation of clinical notes  Responding to client emails, phone calls, and other communication  Coordinating client care, i.e., case management  Responding to departmental and campus emails 
    Developing and maintaining a program of professional growth and development including maintaining active license to practice. 

Required Qualifications: ·  

    Master’s degree in a mental health field  License-eligible to practice independently as a health services provider in Tennessee; must be fully licensed to practice independently within 18 months of start date  3 years of experience providing mental health services (supervised experience included)Experience in suicide and risk assessment and intervention  Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume clinical setting with clients presenting in acute distress, maintaining composure, and communicating effectively to client and clinical team
    Knowledge of and a commitment to diversity, i.e., can demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning and integration of a multicultural and inclusive perspectives to counseling work.
Preferred Qualifications:  

    Licensed and in good standing as a master’s level mental health clinician TN (LCSW, LPC-MHSP, LMFT).  Experience providing psychological services in a college counseling center  Demonstrated interest and experience working with international, historically underrepresented, and/or underserved student communities  Extensive experience in assessing and intervening in mental health crises including suicide risk, active psychosis, mania, and other presentations that represent significant clinical risk Experience in reducing barriers to student mental health care in a multicultural university environment
Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is accompanied by a full university benefits package.  

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. For consideration, go to: XXXXXX    

and submit electronically a letter of application that describes your interest in and specific qualifications for the position, a resume, contact information for three professional references (name, address, phone, and email), and unofficial graduate school transcripts.  Applications without these materials will not be considered. This position is open immediately but hire must start no later than August 2, 2021.


Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Spsf Student Counseling Services
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 5, 2021, 2:26:39 PM

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