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Mental Health Specialist (Full-Time) Panama City Campus

Florida State University
Panama City, FL

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Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Mental Health Specialist (Full-Time) Panama City Campus
Location: Panama City, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 56678

Complementing the classroom experience, Student Affairs offers a variety of student support services as well as activities and involvement to enhance student's overall well-being and development. Our office welcomes and engages students through programs, organizations, and resources that anticipate and respond to the ever-changing needs of a diverse population. For more information, please visit:

About FSU Panama City

Florida State University is one of the nation’s top 25 public universities, and FSU Panama City amplifies the university’s efforts to preserve, expand, and disseminate knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and human services professions. FSU Panama City is located 100 miles west of Tallahassee on the beautiful North St. Andrews Bay and is only three miles from the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. FSU PC currently houses 30 academic programs and boasts a small faculty-to-student ratio, which gives students a more personalized academic experience. Please visit for information about our FSU PC Promise to students and for more information about our campus. FSU Panama City also recently opened a brand new, residential housing complex on campus and right on the water. This new apartment-style complex at FSU PC houses both undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about our on-campus housing, visit

  • Provides direct individual, couple and group counseling services and mental health assessments to the Panama City Campus and Gulf Coast State College students.
  • Provides walk-in emergency assessments, crisis intervention and intakes for students; provides clinical consultations to family members and campus community constituents.
  • Provides consultation regarding emotional, social, or academic issues as part of the Student Reaction Response Team (SSRT).
  • Completes intake summaries and emergency assessments progress notes and termination summaries according to Counseling and Psychological Services established policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates with the FSU Tallahassee campus Counseling and Psychological Services on all matters of University policy and procedure, especially with regard to documentation.
  • Maintains confidential files in accordance with HIPPA and FERPA guidelines.
  • Makes referrals for intelligence and personality tests and other psychological tests, some of which may be under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.
  • May support internships for Social Work students and others in related training fields.
  • Participates in on-campus committees and activities where mental health counseling services play a part; provides outreach presentations to University community.
  • Promotes the free service to the student body through various activities and events.
  • Promotes mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and campus wellness through various appropriate outlets and events.


Master’s degree or higher in Psychology, Counseling, Education, Social Work, or related field.

  • Must have a license or certificate in the appropriate area of specialization.
  • Ability to deal with crises and manage sensitive information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures related to psychological counseling and assessment.
  • Knowledge of mental health evaluation instruments.
  • Skill in assessment and treatment of persons from diverse populations.
  • Ability to prepare, coordinate, and conduct workshops.
  • Ability to interpret and apply related federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in an academic setting.

Other Information

The ideal candidate for the role:

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives amidst an ever-changing and unpredictable work environment and will have demonstrated skills in the areas of mental health, personal counseling, student support, and holistic wellness. The primary focus of the Mental Health Specialist will be to manage immediate student crisis situations, serve as a mental health advisor for FSUPC, and refer students to local care resources as needed. The candidate should have experience in recovery, assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors and be able to provide targeted outreach efforts and psychoeducational programming to the general student population along with targeted populations at FSUPC.

Typical day/working environment:

The Mental Health Specialist provides daily direct care services to the FSUPC community. Proves appropriate assistance and renders service in accordance with FSU Policies and procedures in a culturally competent and person-centered manner. Actively participates in crisis interventions when they arise.

60-90 day expectation:

To assess the current case load and become familiar with those students.

Contact Info

Inquiries should be directed to:
Timothy Kessler-Cleary
Director for Student Affairs

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Anticipated Salary Range

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

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How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.


This is an A&P position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

The position will begin in Spring 2024 or earlier if circumstances allow.
This position is authorized for a University Cellular Communications Services Allowance.
This position is being readvertised. Previous applicants need not reapply.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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