Clinical Therapist & Community Support Specialist

Description
Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)!

This position will be split between providing direct care to clients of the clinic (50% time) and providing Community and Peer Support 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, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders or burnout. Services may include assessments, individual trauma treatment, group therapy, family therapy, biofeedback, and crisis intervention. Clinician will maintain their caseload consistent with the requirements of payors, laws, ethical, quality, and contemporary professional standards.

 

Clinician must be a licensed and practicing mental healthcare provider 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.

 

As part of the VHTC team, clinicians will work with a fun, creative, and supportive team of professionals, providing trauma treatment to Veterans, active-duty military members, 1st responders, and their family members, as well as to other survivors of trauma. The clinic is a great place to consult and network with other mental health professionals, get support from your peers, and participate in learning and growth opportunities. If you are the type of person who is driven to make a difference in the lives of those who serve and are looking for a job with work/life balance, consider joining us at VHTC.

 

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 trainings, provide clinical support consulting to peer supporters, and provide training to the community 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 or trainings and workshops 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 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 graduate degree programs, and 8 doctoral programs. UCCS is also home to the world’s only Bachelor of InnovationTM program, which allows our graduates to master multi-disciplinary skills and graduate ready to create real change in the world. UCCS was recently classified as a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation and takes pride in being the only higher education institution in southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of offices – First Year Experience, Excel Centers, Academic Advising, and the Career Center just to name a few. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus.

The city, which was recently ranked as the number six Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2021,  known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. The 14,115 foot summit is just one of dozens of area attractions, including scenic trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities.

 

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 professional practice standards and 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 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 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.

Assist in development of community trainings and workshops, utilizing Microsoft Suite and Video Conferencing technology.

Provide trainings and workshops to community organizations virtually or in-person.

Ability to provide virtual clinical services while maintaining confidentiality and ethical requirements.

Assist, as time permits, in other projects that the LHIHR is involved.

Work within a clinical team in a group practice environment.

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 responsibilities. 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:

The following knowledge base and skill sets are critical for this position:

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).

Ability to assess for and effectively respond to an individual experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

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.

Ability to maintain professionalism with clients, team members, and community organizations/partners and represent the Institute in attitude, presence, and attire effectively and appropriately.

Ability to work weekends and evenings on a very limited basis.

Must have technological capability to work remotely.

Work Location: Hybrid-50% On-site 50% Remote

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

1.00 FTE for egular appointment (40 hours/week)

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 Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee

  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance

  • Generous paid vacation and sick time accruals (14.67 hours of vacation and 10 hours of sick accrued per month, prorated if part-time)

  • Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%

  • Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent

  • Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment

  • Off Campus Housing Resources 

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

    Tentative Search Timeline:

    Priority will be given to applications submitted by June 13, 2022. However, this posting will remain open until filled.

    The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of June 27, 2022.

    The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of July 6, 2022.

    The potential employee start date is July 15, 2022

     

    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.



    Qualifications
    Minimum Requirements

    Currently licensed in Colorado as a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, 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 Knowledge and practice in using technology based programs including Microsoft Suite, tele-video conferencing, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).Preferred Requirements

    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) Experience working in a clinic or team environment.Physical Requirements 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: May 27, 2022
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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