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Assistant Director of Mental Health, Wellness & Psychoeducation - Athletics

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Jul 1, 2021

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Assistant Director of Mental Health, Wellness & Psychoeducation - Athletics
Full-time, Exempt position, Market Range 10

This position will provide sexual violence prevention education, general health and wellness programming, and mental health & wellness counseling services to student-athletes dealing with mental health conditions under the guidance of the Director of Mental Health and Wellness.

This position will serve to assist the Director of Mental Health and Wellness with crisis stabilization in the event of an emergency related to mental health issues of a student-athlete.

Coordinate, develop and implement an educational curriculum addressing sexual and dating violence prevention as well as general health and wellness content that meets the diverse and unique needs of the University of Tennessee student-athlete community.

Focus areas will include; consent definition, healthy relationships/ boundaries, active bystander training, decision making, substance use/abuse, sleep promotion, sexual health, stress management, nutrition, illness prevention, as well as other areas as determined by the mental health and wellness staff and/or medical staff.

Coordinate with campus partners to share resources and encourage participation in on going campus efforts such as highlighting awareness and action during nationally recognized months such as domestic violence awareness month, stalking awareness month, and sexual assault awareness month.

All presentations, events ,and initiatives should be coordinated with and communicated to the University Title IX Coordinator, the athletics department Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and appropriate sports medicine staff. All education provided to student-athletes will include an evaluation to measure the effectiveness of the curriculum.

Daily counseling meetings regarding mental health, behavioral health, and emotional support needs with student-athletes of all sports as assigned by the Director of Mental Health & Wellness.

Coordination of campus and or community resources to assist student-athletes in managing mental health and emotional support needs.

Documentation of all clinical interactions with student-athletes, and appropriate referrals to medical specialists as needed.

Coordinate crisis intervention in communication with Director of Mental Health and Wellness and/or Head Team Physician, for student-athletes experiencing severe or emergency mental health events with resultant safety concerns, requiring urgent stabilization/hospitalization and/or medical care.

Coordinate pre-participation physical exam mental health screening process and follow up under the direction of the Director of Mental Health and Wellness

Review complex student-athlete mental health related case management with Director of Mental Health for continued professional development and progress towards licensure as required by state board.

Communicate directly with Head Team Physician, Assoc AD of Sports Medicine, contracted clinical psychiatrist, sport coaches, sport athletic trainers, and administration regarding ongoing management of student-athletes emotional and behavioral needs within parameters of medical information release.

Communicate to Assoc AD of Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician major medical issues of student-athletes such as Emergency Department transportation, hospitalizations, crisis intervention, and other significant issues.

Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or other mental health related field
Licensed in TN, or eligible for licensure in TN within twelve (12) months under supervision, for Social Work, Psychology, or other counseling-related field.

Minimum of 1 year previous experience in counseling, social work, psychology, counseling or other mental health field.

Knowledge, Skillie and Abilities:
Knowledge of sexual violence prevention education, psychoeducational programming and skill development, behavioral health concerns and mental health disorders in college age populations 
Ability to perform counseling services for multiple types and severities of mental health issues including group presentations, individual psychotherapy sessions, family counseling, group counseling, and consultations.
Exceptional communication and group presentation skills and ability to work effectively as a member of the Mental Health and Wellness team.
Ability to perform medical record keeping for documentation of medical interventions.


Experience working directly with high school or college aged individuals for mental health and wellness counseling.
Experience working directly with athletes for mental health and wellness counseling.
Experience providing psychoeducation to high school or college aged individuals.
Experience providing psychoeducation regarding topics related to sexual and dating violence prevention.



Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Welfare Of Athletes
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 15, 2021, 12:24:53 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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