Mental Health Counselor (Multicultural Specialist)

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Description

Suffolk University is pleased to announce an opening for a Multicultural Specialist to join the Counseling Services team in our Counseling, Health & Wellness Center.  This position will provide high quality, direct mental health counseling and crisis intervention services to undergraduate, graduate and law students within a dynamic and busy integrated higher education setting.  The Mental Health Counselor will provide clinical services and outreach/education focused on meeting the needs of students with historically under-represented identities in higher education.  CHW is seeking candidates with expertise in multicultural and identity-affirming treatment modalities and who bring expertise and experience working with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, First Generation, International, or other student populations historically under-represented in higher education.  this position will participate commensurate with licensure in training activities for CHW’s well-regarded APA-accredited Internship in Health Psychology and/or CHW’s psychology Practicum Training Program, both of which emphasize multicultural counseling skills.  As an integrated center, CHW maintains a holistic, multicultural, and interdisciplinary approach to student care.  CHW staff value inclusive and identity-affirming treatment approaches and participate in routine professional development related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  CHW offers a collaborative and supportive working environment within a dynamic and exciting higher education institution. Suffolk also offers a very competitive salary and benefits package. 

Successful candidates for this position will have experience working in higher education and be licensed as an LICSW or LMHC, or eligible for licensure as a psychologist in Massachusetts within 4 months of hire.  Experience and interest in clinical supervision and training are required.  Successful candidates will also bring a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the application of social justice and antiracist concepts in clinical and higher education settings. Candidates should also have developed experience and skills in multicultural counseling approaches, self-awareness and reflection, and the ability to engage in difficult dialogues.

Salary: 80,000-87,000 per year

Responsibilities:

  • Provides short-term psychological individual and group counseling services focused on meeting the needs of students with historically under-represented identities in higher education;
  • As a member of the Counseling Services clinical team, conducts initial assessments and/or urgent care behavioral risk assessments/consultations for all students as needed; provides case management and off-campus referrals for students.
  • As a member of Counseling Services team, provides initial assessments and crisis services to all students as needed.
  • Provides consultation to faculty, staff and students in order to address student high-risk behaviors and student/community holistic health concerns.
  • Serves in the center-wide, after-hours, on-call rotation system in conjunction with ProtoCall Services, a contracted professional mental health on-call service.
  • Contributes to CHW’s doctoral training programs commensurate with licensure such as providing supervision, didactic instruction, and consultation.
  • Contributions to the Center’s group counseling program or outreach/consultation programs as relates to staff member’s specific areas of interest and/or expertise.
  • Provides psycho-educational and holistic health outreach programs to students, faculty and staff.
  • Maintains timely and thorough client contact documentation compliant with Center policies and procedures and applicable state laws.
  • Provides campus support services as needed during times of campus crises and/or psychological emergencies.
  • Attends Center and Student Affairs Division meetings and professional development programs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Counseling, Health and Wellness.

 

Requirements:

  • Licensure: D., Ed.D. or Psy.D. in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, LICSW, or LMHC. If already licensed in another state, candidate must obtain license in Massachusetts. Candidates with two or more years of post-licensure, professional experience are preferred.  If licensure as psychologist is pending, must be eligible for licensure as a Psychologist in Massachusetts within 4 months of hire. 
  • Training and experience in providing short-term psychotherapy, group therapy and crisis response for diverse adolescents and young adults, preferably with college and university students.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and treat students with a broad range of diagnoses required.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in providing clinical supervision and training required.
  • Strong student service orientation.
  • Maintain ethical/professional conduct and interaction with all University community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation and outreach to all campus constituents (faculty, staff and students)
  • Availability to attend occasional evening or weekend activities.

 

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in the integration of counseling and health services on a college campus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and lifelong learning regarding multicultural issues and concerns. Interest in the application and integration of social justice in counseling center work.
  • Proficiency in a second language.
  • Expertise in an Empirically Supported Treatment modality and an interest in didactic teaching of that modality to interns (e.g. CBT, DBT, ACT, or others).
  • Interest in the integration of technology in psychological practice

 

Additional Information

This is a 12-month, full-time salaried position.  CHW staff provide a mix of in-person and telehealth services while working on-site 5-days per week.  Due to clinical/campus emergencies or an occasional evening program, psychologists/counselors may work beyond regularly scheduled office hours.

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.