Posted: Nov 15, 2022

Behavioral Health Counselor-LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: Dec 19, 2022
Health Services

This position, along with four Cultural Center embedded positions, were created and funded based on critical needs within these specialty populations.  The embedded counselors work closely with the entire CAPS and Cultural and Resource Center staff, as well as interfacing with the Campus Health Service (CHS) medical team, the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residential Life, faculty, families, other campus departments and community entities. The embedded Cultural Center positions include: AASA (African American Student Affairs), APASA (Asian Pacific American Student Affairs), NASA (Native American Student Affairs), and the Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center (GSC, Hispanic/Latina-o-x student support).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide counseling and consultation services as an embedded counselor within the LGBTQ+ Resource Center to LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented students.
  • Assess and summarize ongoing LGBTQ+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional student needs.
  • Develop, coordinate, and conduct outreach programming, campus trainings, and workshops to students, faculty, and staff, particularly focused on the needs of LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented students.
  • Provide psychological evaluation, risk assessment, crisis management, and brief treatment to UA students (individuals, couples, groups).
  • Maintain clinical records in compliance with ethics, law, and best practices.
  • Work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary campus-based health and mental health team that provides direct clinical services to enrolled UA students.
  • Provide consultation to LGBTQ+ Resource Center staff, families, UA faculty, staff, administrators, and CHS medical providers.
  • Provide multicultural outreach to diverse campus groups and strengthen connections with diversity partners on campus including Dean of Students, Housing & Residential Life, and CHS.
  • Utilize relevant information technology.
  • Attend and participate in regular CAPS staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service/professional development training.
  • Attend Resource Center staff meetings as needed.
  • Participate in relevant CHS/CAPS and University committees, as assigned.
  • Provide all services in a manner which is professional, culturally sensitive, and respectful of differences.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Excellent grasp of psychopathology and diagnostic systems.
  • Knowledge about the specific developmental, mental health, and academic concerns of LGBTQ+ students.
  • Knowledge of how one’s own identities and life experiences impact their counseling strategies and interactions with students.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Minimum Qualifications
  • Current Licensure in the State of Arizona or secure an Arizona License as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) within 6 months of hire. Candidates at the Associate level may also be considered.
  • Master’s degree in an applied mental health field (e.g., Social Work or Counseling) from an accredited institution.
  • 5 years work experience in the behavioral health field and/or providing services to marginalized and/or underserved populations.
  • Experience working with the specific developmental, mental health, and academic concerns of LGBTQ+ students.
  • Experience with psychopathology and diagnostic systems.
  • Experience working with clients of ethnically/racially diverse backgrounds, individuals representing varying gender identities and sexual orientations, international students, students with multiple intersecting identities, and working cross-culturally.
  • Experience in racial trauma, racial battle fatigue, and commitment to anti-racism.
  • Experience in working effectively with a diverse population of clients presenting with a broad range of clinical needs.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience utilizing a holistic approach to care including incorporating relevant spiritual traditions, healing practices, and cultural traditions.
  • Experience in one or more of the following intersectional areas: working with racial and/or ethnic diversities, international students, low income, first generation, undocumented, DACA students, or students with mixed status family.
  • Experience with the dynamics of privilege and oppression and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity in higher education/the workplace.
  • Experience assisting LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented students navigate various university resources.
  • Prior clinical experience in a multidisciplinary clinic setting.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering effectively and collegially on an interdisciplinary team in a university counseling center or other mental health agency.
  • Experience conducting therapy services in multiple languages.
  • Experience in utilizing a brief therapy model of care.
  • Experience (1-3 years) working in university mental health, including crisis assessment and management, mental health triage, brief psychotherapy, and referrals.
  • Experience utilizing an electronic health record.
  • Experience using an enthusiastic and innovative approach to college mental health.