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Staff Counselor - Multicultural Focus

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Staff Counselor - Multicultural Focus position. The Admission Counselor is a full time, year-round position, job group and level PT-5. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Staff Counselor reports to the Director of the Counseling Center. An essential role for this clinician will be to support student communities of color by providing clinical and educational services to help students address the mental health and developmental challenges they face in their personal and academic lives. The Counseling Center provides a variety of services including individual and group counseling, psychiatry services, case management, mental health promotion and preventative services, consultation, and teaching. These services are designed to help students overcome mental illnesses or learn how to cope effectively with them, improve their academic performance and cognitive functioning, develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the intersections of their identities, create and maintain satisfying relationships, foster a sense of meaning and purpose, and make healthy life and career choices. The Counseling Center operates within a developmental philosophy and a brief therapy model, and candidates must demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse student body within these two frames.

In light of the Counseling Center's deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this position provides a unique opportunity for the clinician to hone their multicultural clinical skills and to develop outreach and community educational programs which support Amherst's student diversity. Amherst College is a highly selective, small liberal arts college with a very diverse body - 45% of our students are students of color from the US; 10% are international; 40% come from low-income families; 18% identify as LBGTQ+; and 25% have registered disabilities with 2 out of 3 being mental health or learning disabilities. Consequently, this clinician must be able to provide culturally appropriate clinical interventions which address identity development and intersectionality, the impact of systemic oppression (both historical and acute), as well as racial trauma and its potential impact on mental health and student success.

Responsibilities will include conducting evidence-based, culturally appropriate intakes and clinical assessments, individual and group counseling, urgent care, on-call services 2-3 weeks a semester, and coordinating care with our psychiatric staff and case manager. This staff member will need excellent clinical skills as a generalist, as well as specialty skills in working with adolescents and young adults. This must include experience working with typical mental illnesses that emerge in this stage of development (e.g. bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and other major mental illnesses) as well as the normative developmental concerns college students typically experiences (e.g. identity, relationships, and meaning and purpose). Because more than half the students we serve are of color, international, and/or queer, this staff member must be highly skilled in working with racial identity development and intersectionality, and understand the ways in which systems of oppression affect students' mental health. In addition to clinical services, this position also provides preventative and educational outreach initiatives. This position will specifically work to engage historically marginalized communities and communities that typically under-utilize mental health care, with an emphasis on working with students of color. This requires building coalitions with our program directors for Mental Health Promotion, Health Education, and identity-based Resource Centers, as well as working collaboratively with a number of other departments across campus. We value wrap-around care, and candidates must be comfortable working across disciplines.

This position, along with all the Counseling Center staff, works toward building and sustaining a center that meets the needs of both individual students and the College community as a whole. We recognize that all of our practitioners bring different gifts and try to assign work from a strengths-based perspective, thus allowing people to grow professionally in ways that best fit their talents and skills. Strong commitments to (1) holistic approaches to student development, (2) understanding current issues facing students of color in historically white institutions (3) interdisciplinary treatment models, (4) the development of on-going, personal and professional multicultural competence, (5) collaboration across the College community and (6) a strong work ethic are necessary to succeed in the position.

  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology or related field from an APA-accredited program and internship OR Masters in Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited program is required.
  • Currently licensed, or eligible for licensure in the state of MA as a Psychologist within 18 months of employment, OR as a LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, or related license in the state of MA within 6 months of employment.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional counseling experience
  • Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse student body in culturally competent ways using trauma-informed practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in addressing race and racism
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and experience with community development and/or mental health promotion
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings
  • Current Massachusetts license is preferred, but post-doctoral candidates who need to complete supervised hours for licensure will be considered.
  • Work experience in college or university settings and/or in community mental health
  • Group therapy experience with students of color
  • Training in EMDR, Progressive Counting, or other type of psychotherapy specifically designed to treat traumatic memories

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2021-02-12 Expires: 2021-03-15

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