Mental Health Therapist: Brief Intervention Specialist
Student Counseling Center (21000000PG)
Mental Health Therapist: Brief Intervention Specialist
The Student Counseling Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for a licensed or license-eligible mental health professional with special interest and experience in brief interventions including suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention. We are seeking candidates who contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural commitment of the University. This is a new 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position opening immediately.
The Department: The Student Counseling Center is a full-service collegiate counseling center staffed by 14 clinicians at the master's and doctoral level. As an APA accredited training site with 5 intern positions, the center provides a robust training program for multiple levels of doctoral psychology trainees. The department is actively engaged in suicide prevention and stress management programming within the university community. The Center shares a state-of-the-art facility with the Student Health Center and the Center for Health Education and Wellness allowing significant collaboration in the care of students.
The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff persons who serve our students through 16 departments and functions. Division Staff are actively engaged in the lives of students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.
The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 28,000+ students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, we are committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all our activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The Position:Reporting to the Associate Director for Clinical Services, the primary function of the Brief Intervention Specialist is to provide a range of culturally responsive "rapid access" or urgent care services. These services will include crisis assessment and intervention, brief solution-focused interventions, brief initial assessments (triage), facilitation of referrals to inpatient and outpatient community providers, and other single session interventions. While the therapist in this position may carry a small caseload of traditional psychotherapy clients, the primary focus will be brief interventions of 1-3 sessions. The successful candidate will have strong general therapy skills including crisis assessment and intervention and will be comfortable working with a wide range of clinical issues within a short-term treatment model. This position includes opportunity for engagement within the university community through community intervention and outreach, development of liaison relationships with campus partners, and mental health consultation with faculty and staff. The position also allows for participation in the center's doctoral training program through didactics, seminars, and other teaching opportunities consistent with the needs of the training program. Finally, the person in this position will be expected to demonstrate clear commitment to all dimensions of diversity and to produce professional work that is culturally informed.
Provide culturally appropriate clinical service to students including:
Drop-in appointments, brief assessment, and interventions
Crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization
Assessment of suicidal ideation and dangerousness to self and others
Community and campus referrals
Assist with hospitalizations and aftercare
Traditional individual, couple, and group psychotherapy based upon center needs.
Coordination and collaboration with departmental staff
Assistance with coordination of drop-in and other rapid access appointments
General consultation regarding intervention
Consultation and training with staff regarding brief interventions
Participation in departmental staff meetings, committees, training
Training in doctoral clinical training program as needed.
Campus community engagement including:
Presenting psychoeducational workshops, suicide prevention or Gatekeeper training
Providing support at mental health related events
Service on university committees.
Documentation of clinical notes
Responding to client emails, phone calls, and other communication
Coordinating client care, i.e., case management
Responding to departmental and campus emails
Developing and maintaining a program of professional growth and development including maintaining active license to practice.
Internal Number: 216826
About University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.