Director of Counseling|UMKC
University of Missouri – Kansas City is an Urban, public research university with over 125 academic programs across 16 schools and colleges, including the School of Medicine, School of Law, and the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences. The Psychological Sciences has an APA Accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and in Psychology.
The University counseling services play a vital role in the well-being of students, particularly in today’s environment, where students face a multitude of stressors, such as academic pressure, financial difficulties, social isolation, and mental health issues.
The University is looking for a visionary leader to align and collaborate with UMKC leadership and be on the forefront of designing and implementing a bold and innovative redesign of University Counseling services to not only address these issues but proactively drive prevention and outreach. The position is responsible for offering evidence-based programs and services to support the mental health and well-being of students by embracing a holistic concept of mental health. The responsibilities include the development and implementation of campus counseling initiatives, overall supervision of clinic staff and trainees, delivery of clinical services, and ensuring administrative oversight of the APA-accredited internship program in psychology.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
- Serves as an administrative leader of Counseling programs and fulfills various clinical responsibilities as a licensed psychologist.
- Provides strategic leadership and planning, management, and assessment of the Center's programs and services.
- Identifies, recommends, and implements evidence-based holistic care strategies that support the goal of student retention.
- Develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures that are consistent with professional regulations and statutes, as well as best practices of evidence-based counseling and clinical service delivery.
- Serves as a resource for legal and ethical issues.
- Develops, administers, and analyzes continuous assessment of programs.
- Prepares and evaluates statistical, analytical, and narrative reports to be used for decision-making and program improvement.
- Supervises full-time therapists, student practicum and internship trainees, and graduate assistants.
- Work in collaboration with the Dean of Students and the Behavioral Intervention Team and in collaboration with other entities on the UMKC campus regarding student behavioral and emotional issues, classroom concerns and current behavioral health issues.
- Maintains and promotes the highest ethical and professional standards.
- Serves on the Behavioral Intervention/Care Team.
- Cultivates and maintains collaborative working relationships with external providers of mental health services for the purpose of referrals and/or the coordination of a continuum of care for students.
- Serves as the AUCCCD (Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors) institutional representative. Clinical Services
- Provides culturally sensitive and evidence-based individual and group counseling to students with a broad range of difficulties and diagnoses, including psychological, social, or other difficulties that interfere with students' academic and personal success.
- Provides walk-in crisis counseling for students in need.
- In consultation with the Dean of Students, provide crisis intervention and response during campus emergencies.
- Develop partnerships across campus to provide proactive educational outreach.
- Provides consultation and education for campus constituents about counseling issues.
- Participates in trainings and orientations for new students, faculty, and staff.
- Oversees the operations of the Counseling Center including management of administrative, operational, personnel, and financial responsibilities.
- Seeks out external funding sources (I.e., grants and gifts) to support outreach efforts.
- Oversees Titanium database and electronic record-keeping.
- Oversight of the Counseling Budget.
- A Doctoral degree in psychology; licensed or license-eligible psychologist in the state of Missouri.
Preferred Qualifications Education & Experience:
- Minimum of three years experience working in a clinical counseling role, preferably in a university counseling center.
- Experience and comfort with crisis intervention and risk assessment for suicide, violence, substance abuse, and other psychological/behavioral emergencies.
- An in-depth understanding of the changing demographics and psychological challenges, and mental and behavioral health needs of college students is highly preferred.
- Experience in a college/university counseling center in an administrative, supervisory capacity with evidence of financial management and data collection.
- Possession of strong cultural competency and experience working with diverse populations (i.e. race, ethnicity, LGBT, international students, veterans, and students with disabilities).
- Experience implementing evidence-based clinical services.
Benefits-eligible - please go to https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.
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