TITLE: Mental Health Counselor
DEPARTMENT: Student Engagement and Campus Life
REPORTS TO: Director of University Counseling Center
EFFECTIVE DATE: TBD
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time
EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB:
The Mental Health Counselor will provide culturally competent individual and group counseling to a diverse
student population. The Mental Health Counselor will oversee the coordination of care for mental health crises and
provide consultation as needed to faculty, staff, and students.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Manages assigned counseling caseload that will include referrals from any member of the campus
community that will frequently require crisis intervention.
Typically works to address high-stress situations involving immediate risk to the mental and physical
health of students.
Maintains current, accurate, and timely clinical documentation in accordance with state and federal
laws, professional ethics, and district counseling services policies.
Provides individual, group, relationship counseling via scheduled appointment and walk-in coverage to
students seeking assistance related to personal concerns.
Conducts mental health assessments and screenings such as suicide risk, drug, and alcohol, threat and
risk assessment, etc., utilizing evidence-based practices.
Exercises clinical judgment in assessing situations and making recommendations regarding intake,
referrals, triage, and interventions.
Provides professional consultation to faculty, staff, and administrators related to student mental health
Make appropriate referrals when needed to the Director of Student Health Services for medication
Reviews client records to determine progress, effectiveness, and appropriateness of intervention
Provides psycho-educational workshops and outreach.
Attends and participates in departmental meetings, case consultations, and staff development programs
Participates in continuing education and professional development activities related to the performance
of job functions and the maintenance of skills in professional counseling.
Supports student college persistence through wellness activities and partnerships on campus.
OTHER DUTIES: Perform related and other duties as assigned.
In accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
(SACSCOC) accrediting requirements, Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or Marriage and
Family Therapy, or related behavioral sciences field from an accredited institution.
Candidates must be independently licensed (or eligible for licensure within one year) in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); Licensed Clinical
Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Renewable provisional licensure accepted.
Two to three years of clinical counseling work experience in higher education or similar community or
One to two years of experience counseling in a college or university environment preferred; experience
in community mental health agencies is a plus.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
Knowledge of and adherence to applicable professional ethics and board rules, federal, state, and local
laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, legislative changes, and procedures relevant to assigned programs,
projects, and counseling operations.
Knowledge of current counseling practices, theories, and research in college student services.
Understanding of the Kentucky State University philosophy and mission and how counseling services
support student persistence, retention, and engagement.
Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary
team (e.g., regional CARE and Behavioral Intervention Teams).
Ability to work collaboratively on a team with colleagues, college departments and student groups.
Ability to work under high stress and emotionally charged conditions on a routine basis.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of student information and work-related information and
materials such as Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and confidential electronic records.
Work in a collaborative manner with diverse constituencies, working effectively in a diverse and
multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment.
Ability to evaluate situations accurately and determine an appropriate course of action using judgment
according to established policies and procedures.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
Planning, managing, prioritizing, and problem-solving skills.
Strong presentation skills that effectively convey information to faculty, administrators, staff, and
students, as well as community leaders and groups.
Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues.
Experience working with high-risk situations and trauma-informed therapy.
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
Some physical effort moving objects will be required.
No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
Extensive evening and weekend hours may be required.
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity EmployerThe functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.