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Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC)/Staff Counselor

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado

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Student Affairs, Counseling
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver. SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Inclusion & Equity Education, Disability Services Program, Cultural Center, Access & Transitions, Learning Effectiveness Program, Veterans and Military Resources, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Budget, Operations and Division Resources, New Student Programs, Parent & Family Engagement, and Community and Driscoll Commons.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens who positively impact the communities of which they are a part, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth
  • Understand the importance of needing and seeking support
  • Cultivate their passions and
  • Foster the public good

The mission of the University of Denver's Health & Counseling Center (HCC) is to enhance overall student well-being and success through inclusive physical and mental healthcare, prevention, education, advocacy, and recovery support services. The HCC provides a wide range of on-site medical and mental health services, along with advocacy, recovery, and health promotion for the whole campus community. The University of Denver is deeply committed to Inclusive Excellence and Equity.

Position Summary

The Behavioral Health Consultant/Staff Counselor (BHC) offers mental health services to primary care patients within an integrated health care clinic. This involves using a brief screening tool that integrates questions from the PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire), the Audit-C, and HCC developed questions to identify patients who are engaging in problematic substance abuse, high risk behaviors, trauma, disordered eating or experiencing emotional distress/mental health issues at the time of their medical appointment. The BHC performs brief assessments (typically 30 minutes) and solution-focused interventions aimed at addressing symptomatology identified at the time of patients medical visits. This position relies heavily on providing psychoeducation and teaching skills to help patients manage their symptoms. Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused techniques form the basis of most interventions. Typically, patients are seen for one to four sessions and/or referred for other therapeutic services as needed. The BHC works closely with medical, counseling, and psychiatric providers to address the holistic, culturally sensitive health care needs of the University of Denver student community.

This position is also involved in the daytime and after-hours crisis support system and at times participates in outreach and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) related activities on campus as appropriate, including occasional weekend and evening hours. This position is also responsible for assisting with case management, referrals and follow-up for clients seeking treatment.
This is a full-time, 40 hour a week, 11- or 12-month, benefited position and reports to the Clinical Director/Associate Director of Counseling Services.

Essential Functions

  • Monitors patient scores on the brief screening instruments to identify primary care patients struggling with mental health symptoms.
  • Uses brief screen scores to detect patients who are at-risk for self-harm or suicidal thoughts/behaviors and ensures that a timely safety assessment is conducted.
  • Engages in curb-side consultations with medical providers regarding mental health concerns for patients.
  • Serves as a liaison between the counseling and primary care teams.
  • Coordinates and leads the biweekly Interdisciplinary Meetings.
  • Meets with primary care patients and performs functional assessments to better understand the nature of the issue as identified by the patient and/or medical provider.
  • Delivers brief, skills-based interventions to patients over the course of one to four sessions.
  • Assists in referring patients to other appropriate therapeutic services as needed.
  • Supervises and trains Doctoral Interns, Graduate Student Trainees, and Postdoctoral Residents within the Counseling Center as assigned.
  • Supervises and coordinates the BHC Rotation and or the BHC practicum student when present.
  • Provides training and supervision for HCC trainees on topics related to Behavioral Health Consultation and Behavioral Medicine.
  • Participates in Intern and GST recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Participates in the outreach and preventive activities of the Health and Counseling Center.
  • Provides daytime crisis/emergency consultation as backup Counselor-of-the-Day and covers one-hour of our two-hour Same Day Access drop-in hours, Monday through Friday.
  • Assists in creating and revising departmental policies and procedures related to clinical care in all the above areas.
  • Maintains client records in a timely manner and according to Counseling Center procedures.
  • Maintains competency and enhances professional growth and development through continuing education activities.
  • Assists with research activities and serves on HCC committees as assigned.
  • Conduct DU community outreach


  • Monitor BHC survey scores for all medical appointments, provide behavioral health consultation to primary care patients and medical providers,
    and provide direct clinical services as needed: 45%
  • Crisis Services Coordination and Support: 25%
  • Training and Supervision: 10%
  • Administrative Responsibilities: 20% (Attending and leading meetings, completing chart notes, responding to telephone calls/messages, providing asynchronous follow-up support to medical patients as requested by medical providers, responding to email, reviewing and co-signing supervisees notes, committee work, completing administrative assignments such as chart reviews, committee assignments, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Language Skills:

  • This position requires sophisticated written and verbal communication skills, and involves occasional outreach presentations; meetings with students, parents, and administrators, and writing clinical case notes, reports, and policies.

Mathematical Skills:

  • A basic understanding of math and statistics is required. Expertise in working with Excel and project management experience is preferred.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Able to understand and relate to complex theories behind several related concepts.
  • Able to concentrate on fine details with constant interruption.
  • Able to remember multiple tasks/assignments given to self and others for a long period of time.


  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with the ability to function independently with a broad perspective, maturity, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to function independently and to supervise and train several personnel.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with various students, coworkers, and departments with a positive attitude and to adapt to change with equanimity.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of multiculturalism, inclusive excellence and diversity through involvement and participation in university/division-wide projects and initiatives.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office environment, especially Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, and the ability to communicate effectively through email is essential. Familiarity and experience with electronic medical records systems is desirable.

Required Qualifications

  • Licensed or license- eligible within three months in the State of Colorado as a LCSW or LPC.
  • Experience in behavioral medicine in a medical facility or college health center.
  • Experience with supervision and crisis intervention.
  • Excellent collaboration and consultation skills, experience with the PHQ-9 or other brief screening measures used in medical settings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of Inclusive Excellence and anti-oppression.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in working with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Two years experience in university/college counseling center.
  • Experience with outreach, prevention, and groups.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8-5pm with one day/quarter being 10am-7pm for extended hours coverage/support. Other evenings/weekend as requested on occasion for outreach events.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) June 6, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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