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Temporary Mental Health Clinician

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Casual Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
Part 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 Temporary Mental Health Clinician position (Casual Position, No Benefits). 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 Temporary Mental Health Clinician is a 3-month position, that works 16-40 hours per week depending on the availability of the clinician, and reports to the Director of the Counseling Center. The position relates to the College's mission by directly intervening with students to help them manage or resolve personal difficulties that could lead them to struggle academically, drop out of school, or cause disruptions in other areas of their functioning. 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, understand themselves better, create and maintain satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance and cognitive functioning, and make healthy and satisfying career and life choices.

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. Strong commitments to (1) holistic approaches to student development, (2) interdisciplinary treatment models, (3) the development of on-going, personal and professional multicultural competence, (4) collaboration across the College community and (5) a strong work ethic are necessary to succeed in the position. 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. 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; 15% identify as LBGTQ+; and 20% have registered disabilities with 2/3's being mental health or learning disabilities. Consequently, this position provides a unique opportunity to develop and hone multicultural clinical skills and outreach skills related to social justice.

Responsibilities will include conducting evidence-based, culturally responsive intakes and clinical assessments, individual counseling, urgent care, and coordinating care with our psychiatric staff and case manager. In addition, this position provides consultation to Amherst community members. This position works collaboratively and cooperatively with community and college departments, including case management in the Office of Student Affairs, Accessibility Services, Health Service Career Center, identity-based Resource Centers, Class Deans, Title IX, and other student service offices. We value wrap-around care, and candidates must be comfortable working across disciplines.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Counseling - Provide culturally appropriate individual, group, and couples counseling/psychotherapy to students including assessment, diagnosis, and brief treatment; provide urgent care, and crisis intervention; maintain up-to-date files, written reports, and job-related communications commensurate with current standards of the profession.
  • Administrative- Attend and participate in regular staff meetings, in-service training activities, committees, and case conferences. Participate in regular on-call rotations (about 2-3 weeks per semester). Maintain and promote the highest ethical and professional standards commensurate with training and licensure. Pursue professional development in service of the responsibilities of the position and the profession.
  • Consultation - Consult with members of the Amherst community - including faculty, administration, staff, parents, and students -regarding the mental health needs of students. Consult with on-and off-campus health care providers, including Student Health Services, Office of Student Affairs' case management, Class Deans, Resource Center Directors, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and private practitioners, etc. to help coordinate care.

  • Highest Degree: Earned doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or other related field from an APA-accredited program and internship OR Masters of Social Work or related mental health field from an accredited program
  • Currently licensed in the state of MA as a Psychologist, LICSW, LMHC, or LMFT
  • 1-3 years of professional, post-degree experience
  • Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other various personnel/agencies for the effective delivery of services to student
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Work experience in college or university settings and/or in community mental health

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

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: 2021-04-01 Expires: 2021-05-02

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