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Mental Health Counselor

California Northstate University
Elk Grove, California
commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 26, 2021

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Mental Health Counselor– Staff - California Northstate University, Elk Grove and/or Rancho Cordova, California, USA

POSITION TITLE: Counselor                               

REPORTS TO: Vice President for IR, Quality and Assessment

WORK SCHEDULE:  Hours Vary, mainly late afternoons, part-time, or weekends available, flexible hours, exempt

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

Counselor Position Summary:

Respond to urgent and emergency situations with students and provide counseling and crisis intervention. Conduct clinical assessments, develop and implement appropriate responses and treatments, including immediate hospitalization and/or referrals as needed. Follow-up to monitor the progress of students’ treatment and recovery. Provide mental health-related training to faculty and administrators. Provide students with consultation and personal counseling in addition to developing programs, workshops, support groups, compilation of literature and resources, training and supervising student peer counselors, and other campus community outreach activities. 

Provide students with personal counseling and support, including workshops, educational programs, support groups, and training for the following:

         Academic Difficulties


         Depression


         Anxiety


         Time Management


         Addiction Issues


         Family Expectations


         Relationship Issues


         Healthy Relationships


         Cultural Adjustment


         Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques


          De-stigmatizing Mental Health


        Cultivating Holistic Health and Wellness



Required Education:

  • Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work/Psychology and license (LCPC, LMFT, LMSW), PhD in Counseling Psychology, or licensed PsyD with appropriate expertise and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in relevant discipline, i.e., Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling Psychology, is required. Must hold appropriate CA state licensure. Must hold appropriate malpractice insurance. Must demonstrate knowledge and skill in the areas of short-term counseling, crisis intervention, program development, alcohol and other drug prevention education and intervention, consultation and outreach. In addition, the Counselor must exhibit personal attributes that enable him/her to facilitate interpersonal relationships and communicate with students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Preferred Education:

  • Advanced training/research in suicide prevention and sexual assault cases.

Required Experience:

  • Two years of clinical case management experience in a trauma setting, mobile crisis response unit (e.g., hospital emergency room, community mental health center, or similar community based organization), private practice, case management for the county, etc., addressing depression, suicidality, sexual assault cases, substance abuse and emotional and other psychological issues. Experience assessing students with suicidal ideation.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working with diverse college population managing treatment.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with research on mental health needs of college students including suicide prevention.

Additional Information:

EOE/AA/Students from Underrepresented and Marginalized Communities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Working Hours:

P/T position. Hours vary (mainly later afternoons), but some flexibility is required.  Position reports to the Vice President for IR, Quality & Assessment. Pay is dependent on experience and qualifications. ($35.00/hr +)

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. For full consideration, candidates should provide curriculum vitae/resume with at least three references. All candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, articulating how their knowledge, experience, and beliefs have prepared them to function in support of California Northstate University's vision and mission statements.

Please submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, list of references, and any additional information to the HR Department.  Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

California Northstate University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Mission: To advance the art and science of healthcare

Vision: To provide innovative education and healthcare delivery systems

Core Values: 

Working as a team

Embracing diversity and workplace excellence

Caring about our students, our staff, our faculty, and our profession

Advancing our university, our goals, and our discipline

Responding to challenges that may impede the mission

Enhancing communication and partnership

About: Our new 110,000 square foot facility located in Elk Grove is right off of Interstate 5 just minutes south of Sacramento. The new facility is currently home to both the College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine and was designed with new academic and research facilities for our students and faculty. Our new College of Health Sciences facility is located right off of Highway 50 just minutes west of Sacramento. The College of Health Sciences program offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, 2+4 and 3+4 BS-MD and BS-PharmD accelerated programs in partnership with the CNU College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy, and a Pre-Med Post Baccalaureate Program.

California Northstate University is accredited by WASC, College of Pharmacy is accredited by ACPE and College of Medicine is accredited by LCME.

Find Us
9700 West Taron Drive
Elk Grove
United States
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