Mental Health Counselor

SUNY Westchester Community College

The Mental Health & Counseling Services Department creates a campus environment that is safe, growth fostering, and prioritizes the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of the college community. The Mental Health & Counseling Services Department offers confidential, individual and group mental health services in addition to campus-wide programming, intended to provide support, education, and healthy ways of coping with stressors and struggles.

The Mental Health Counselor will work with the student population to conduct mental health assessments, provide short-term individual and group therapy, make appropriate long-term referrals, and provide case management for students with a broad range of complex mental health concerns. The incumbent will:

  • Provide counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, and group counseling for students experiencing emotional or psychological distress;
  • Develop programming and workshops to educate the student body about mental health issues, resources, response, and advocacy;
  • Serve as a resource to faculty, staff and administration about appropriate and effective methods to respond to students in distress.  Will create periodic workshops to educate members of the community on relevant mental health issues and provide recommendations for evidence-based responses;
  • Establish partnerships and serve as liaison with mental health agencies, non-profits, community stakeholders, and other service providers.
  • Assess students experience mental health crisis and provide clinically appropriate intervention to establish safety and connect to appropriate resources. Collaborate to develop appropriate system(s) of care for students in crisis and/or students requiring additional support services;
  • Serve as one of the College’s Title IX confidential reporters.

Requirements:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A Mental Health Counselor must hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field and have current New York State licensure to practice in good standing (i.e.: LMSW, LCSW, or LMHC).  At least 2 years professional experience in mental health field is required. The successful candidate must be effective functioning in a fast-paced, team-oriented, inclusive, and high accountability environment.  This position also requires excellent knowledge of the field and the ability to clinically assess, evaluate, and refer students to on and off-campus resources. Knowledge and commitment to the goals and mission of the community college and evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students required, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom. The demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse staff is also required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; PsyD or PhD in Counseling Psychology OR LCSW or LMHC with 5+ years higher education experience.]

Additional Information:

POSITION EFFECTIVE:  The position will remain open until filled.

SALARY & BENEFITS:  The starting salary is $66,144.  Additional compensation with seniority steps maximize at a salary of $77,639.  Benefits include comprehensive health coverage, a choice of defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, generous leave benefits, and access to tax sheltered annuities and a deferred compensation plan.

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