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Mental Health Counselor

Western Washington University, Counseling Center

Job Title: Mental Health Counselor
Job Location: Bellingham , WA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Other Professional fields
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-03-12
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Mental Health Counselor
Western Washington University

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 and menís resiliency positions. We have four doctoral intern positions, and two full-time support staff. We work closely with the Student Health Center and Health Promotions to provide coordinated services for students. We seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. As such, we are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively seeking diversity in our employees. WWUís Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association for Counseling Services, and an APPIC-member site for doctoral interns.

For more information, visit our website:

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide intake assessments with triage-based disposition and referral.
  • Provide at least three hours per week of scheduled urgent 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 studentsí needs.
  • Provide clinical supervision for training program.
  • 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,
    • Coordination of the Centerís groups program and/or outreach services.
    • Involvement in the Couenseling Centerís participation in the National Center for Collegiate Mental Health consortium and outcome research within the Counseling Center.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Masterís degree in mental health discipline.
  • Licensed as a mental health counselor at the time of application (please specify jurisdiction and date license was granted).
  • Eligible for licensure as a LMHC or Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington and gain licensure within six months of beginning position.
  • Minimum of one-year experience working in a college or university counseling center (practicum/internship may be included)or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to provide brief and focused counseling.
  • Demonstrated competency working with multicultural and other diverse populations.
  • Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response.
  • Experience facilitating counseling groups.
  • Experience working as a part of a collaborative, team-based approach to clinical services in a fast-paced work setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Licensed two or more years as a mental health counselor.
  • Experience supervising doctoral trainees in a college counseling center.
  • Experience providing outreach and consultation.
  • Demonstrated competency in providing bilingual therapy.
  • Experience and skills with Eating Disorders/Body Image Issues, Sexual Assault and/or providing DBT.
  • Experience and skills in working with Latinx populations.
  • Experience and skills in working with Asian populations.
  • Experience and skills in providing Trans-affirming services.
  • Experience and skills with use of technology to enhance services (such as electronic health records, web-based applications, etc.).

Information and Application Process Instructions

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants should submit their application materials via Westernís online application

Complete applications require: (1) a letter of application that must specifically address the listed job qualifications, (2) a current vita, and (3) names and contact information for three professional reference (2 references must be able to speak in some detail about the applicantís clinical skills and expertise

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Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at Western Washington University and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Sherri Nelson as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Sherri Nelson
516 High Street
Bellingham , WA 98225
Phone: 360-650-6559

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