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Mental Health Counselor

Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
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Work type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Bellingham, WA

Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title
Mental Health Counselor

About the University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

The WWU Counseling Center provides students with short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as workshops, outreach programs and consultations to the Western community. Our counseling staff includes a collaborative team of 10+ FTE of psychologists and licensed mental health counselors, case manager, suicide prevention and men's resiliency positions. We have four doctoral intern positions, and two full-time support staff. We work closely with the Student Health Center and Prevention and Wellness Services to provide coordinated services for students. WWU's Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association for Counseling Services, and an APPIC-member site for doctoral interns.

Enrollment and Student Services and the Counseling Center support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The WWU Counseling Center is seeking to fill a permanent, full-time, 11-or 12-month Mental Health Counselor position. In addition to seeking a strong generalist clinician, the ideal candidate will have training in multicultural counseling and a commitment to the university's core theme of advancing inclusive success and retention for students from diverse and under-represented socio-economic backgrounds.

Position Responsibilities:

+ Provide intake assessments with triage-based disposition and referral.

+ Provide approximately three hours per week of same-day appointments for students in crisis.

+ Provide individual counseling for students within a brief and focused counseling model.

+ Work closely with case manager to assist students in finding off-campus professionals for referral when that referral best meets the students' needs.

+ Provide multicultural outreach to diverse campus groups and strengthen connections with diversity partners on campus, including the Ethnic Student Center, the Multicultural Center, the Queer Resource Center and others.

+ Actively participate in supervision and training of graduate interns, including training in multicultural counseling and working with diverse populations.

+ Facilitate (and co-facilitate with trainees) counseling groups, workshops, and psycho-educational outreach.

+ Serve in the regular after-hours on-call counselor rotation.

+ Provide support to ProtoCall, the primary after-hours response service.

+ The counselor will be expected to serve during times the university is in session and take a portion of on-call during breaks. The on-call counselor must be available and able to respond immediately to phone calls and to be on-site within 45 minutes. If a large-scale crisis occurs, the counselor will be expected to be part of a team of responders which could be after-hours, on weekends, or at other times outside the work day.

+ Participate in the weekly staff meeting, medical consultation meeting, peer consultation group, and other departmental and division meetings and events.

+ Provide coordinated services for clients between the Counseling Center, Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS), Consultation and Sexual Assault Support Services (CASAS), the Student Health Center medical staff, disAbility Resources, Residence Life, and various off-campus services.

+ Other duties may include one or more of the following:

+ Work with Counseling, Health, and Wellness programming on suicide/violence prevention, resiliency and emotional well- being,

+ Involvement in the Counseling Center's participation in the national Center for Collegiate Mental Health consortium and outcome research within the Counseling Center.

Required Qualifications

+ Master's degree in mental health discipline.

+ Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, or Marriage and Family Therapist at the time of application (please specify jurisdiction and date license was granted).

+ Eligible for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington and gain licensure within six months of beginning position.

+ Demonstrated clinical experience and commitment to working with a variety of diverse and underrepresented populations.

+ Demonstrated ability to provide brief and focused counseling.

+ Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response.

+ Experience facilitating counseling groups.

+ Experience working as a part of a collaborative team providing clinical services in a fast-paced work setting.

Preferred Qualifications

+ Licensed two or more years as a licensed mental health counselor, licensed clinical social worker, or licensed marriage and family therapist.

+ Experience working in a college or university counseling center (practicum/internship may be included).

+ WA state approved supervisor.

+ Experience providing outreach and consultation to young adults with diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds.

+ Demonstrated competency in providing bilingual therapy.

+ Experience and skills with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

+ Experience providing Trans-affirming services.

+ Experience and skills with use of technology to enhance services (such as electronic health records, web-based applications, etc.).

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

Application Instructions

Complete applications require: (1) a letter of application that must specifically address the listed job qualifications, (2) a current vita, and (3) provide three references.

Closing Date Notes
Application review begins January 21, 2019; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 496395

Advertised: Dec 28 2018 09:00 Pacific Standard Time

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Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA