2 Positions - PSYCHOLOGIST I Diversity Outreach & Prevention Specialist; LBSW Case Manager

Texas A&M University,

Counseling & Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Wed, Jul 29th, '20

Deadline:

Applications accepted until a qualified candidate pool is received. Applications are evaluated after position is unposted from TAMU employment site.

Start Date:

10.01.2020 or as soon as able.

Last Updated:

Tue, Sep 1st, '20

 
POSITION DESCRIPTION
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  • Full Time

Psychologist I Position: Full-time (12-month) position in a large university counseling center with an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship.  Position is located in the main counseling office in the Student Services Building with frequent campus connections in partner offices on campus.

This position will provide culturally informed outreach and prevention services to underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students. This position will engage in culturally informed assessment, short-term counseling, and case management services with students as needed. The selected candidate must have a pronounced commitment to student success, particularly of racial and ethnic minority students, commitment to providing culturally informed consultation concerning general mental health concerns and specific student situations. Demonstrated commitment to working with college populations, specifically those with multiple marginalized identities is required. Responsible for building relationships across campus with students, faculty, staff, and administrators and providing consultation services that support students’ mental health and well being as well as their retention, persistence, and graduation rates.

The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

  • Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Demonstrated knowledge of developmental issues of college students, particularly the unique concerns of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students
    • Skill interacting with persons of diverse socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, and LGBTQ+ backgrounds
    • Commitment to effectively building and cultivating relationships with university departments, student organizations, and other stakeholders that support the academic success of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students
    • Demonstrated commitment, skills and experience in developing culturally informed outreach programs/workshops targeting needs of traditionally underrepresented students
    • Ability to speak about the mental health needs of underrepresented students and promote an understanding of the critical role of mental health and wellbeing on student retention, persistence, and graduation
    • Clinical expertise in working with traditionally underserved or marginalized populations and the provision of culturally informed clinical assessment, goal-oriented, short-term treatment, and crisis intervention
    • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated in oral and written communication
    • Demonstrated flexibility when navigating roles that are more fluid
    • Excellent culturally informed outreach, prevention, short-term counseling, clinical assessment, and crisis intervention skills
    • Adherence to the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for the relevant Texas State Licensing Board and all relevant laws of the state of Texas
    • Must have good organizational skills
    • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others

    Responsibilities:

    Clinical Services - Provides culturally informed clinical assessment, case management, and goal-oriented, short-term counseling to underrepresented students. Meets ethical obligations for timely documentation of counseling services per State of Texas licensure requirements and Counseling & Psychological Services protocols. Engages in counseling related activities including maintaining counseling records, administering and interpreting psychological tests/inventories, making referrals, and managing various organizational and administrative aspects of counseling cases.

    Community Engagement - Builds relationships with the Department of Multicultural Services, Office for Student Success, student organizations, and other stakeholders. Promotes an understanding of the critical role of mental health and wellbeing on the retention, persistence, and graduation rates of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students. Provides education on the mental health needs of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students at a PWI and making recommendations for positively contributing to their mental health and wellbeing. Engages in needs assessment, program development, and evaluation (mental health outcomes). Provides consultation to staff at the Department of Multicultural Services and Office for Student Success related to general mental health concerns and specific student concerns. Participates in CAPS’ Let’s Talk program, which is an outreach initiative that meets and engages students in conversation in an environment that feels safe and empowering to them. Engages underrepresented students around issues of race, intersecting identities, and other stressors that may affect student mental health and academic achievement.

    Administrative Duties - Seeks consultation from peers and leadership for difficult clinical cases per State of Texas licensure requirements. Provides presentations for student, faculty members, and staff members about counseling services, programs, organization, professional development topics and issues, etc. Provides professional presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and workshops. Participates in weekly supervision including review of recorded sessions and case review. May provide supervision for Master/Doctoral level students in Counseling and Counseling Psychology, and adjunct supervision for Doctoral interns. May provide training seminars in the area of job function and professional expertise. Participates in continuing education and professional development activities related to the performance of job functions, and maintenance of skills in one’s professional specialty area. Engages in applied research and evaluation activities. Publishes and/or disseminates the results of research and evaluation efforts. Assists with organizational and administrative tasks, as requested.

    LBSW Case Manager Position: Full-time (12-month) position in a large university counseling center. Position is located in the main counseling office in the Student Services Building and may drive to meet local community resources to build referral relationships. 

    The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for mental health case management, referral services, and student tracking. Serves as a liaison between clients, counseling staff, and community resources and will work closely with students who have long-term or specialty needs that fall outside of the role and scope of counseling services at CAPS. Collaborates with CAPS’ clinicians through a warm hand-off process. Services may include referral assistance to community counselors or hospitals, referral follow up to ensure continuity of care, tracking high risk students in partnership with Student Assistance Services, and locating social service options such as food, shelter and financial assistance for students in need. May work closely with clients discharged from local behavioral health hospitals to ensure continuity of care upon return to campus. Functions as a social worker under supervision in the Counseling & Psychological Services department. Works closely with the administrator of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention SAMHSA Grant.

    1) Case Management & Referral - Meets individually with students in person, by phone, by video, or through email to evaluate and identify a student’s counseling, medical, and social services needs. Researches possible referral options through insurance panels or low-cost choices and provide those resources to students. Assists clients with navigation of resources including education on how to access and utilize resources. Tracks and follows up by phone or email for approximately 2-4 weeks to ensure continuity of placement and care. Assists in care coordination for clients needing specialty urgent services including but not limited to in-patient hospitalization, intensive outpatient services, partial hospitalization services, and medical detox services. Provides back up for clinical operations as it relates to case management and referral. Serves as a liaison between clients, counseling staff, and community resources and will work closely with students who have long-term or specialty needs that fall outside of the role and scope of counseling services at CAPS.

    2) High Risk Student Tracking - Tracks CAPS’ clients who are hospitalized through CAPS’ procedures or through another entity including police, residence life, Student Assistance Services, etc. Ensures continuity of care of high-risk clients including obtaining needed Release of Information forms, discharge plans, and scheduled follow-up appointments. Participates on Behavior Intervention Team and Critical Incidence Response Team in order to identify CAPS’ clients in need of further tracking.

    3) Database Management - Creates a database system to house community referral resources. Creates and annually distributes/collects referral information from community providers through an electronic survey.

    4) Community & Staff Relationships - Works closely with the administrator of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention SAMHSA Grant. Works closely with Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office as well as HelpLine to coordinate care. Works closely with CAPS’ Community Relationship Specialist to develop working relationships with outside vendors and resources, specifically community mental health providers and hospital facilities. Assists in training clinical staff regarding client education and resources. Collaborate with CAPS’ clinicians through a warm hand-off process. Provide referral research information to CAPS’ staff as well as community requests as needed.


    ABOUT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

    Counseling & Psychological Services:  CAPS is one of 17 departments within the Division of Student Affairs. CAPS’ staff is composed of a director, three associate directors, seven assistant directors, eight additional staff psychologists, fourteen additional professional counselors, six pre-doctoral interns, six practicum counselors, one case referral counselor, one psychiatric nurse practitioner, one HelpLine coordinator, one clinical informatics analyst, one business administrator, seven associate staff, and one student worker.  Approximately 35-40 trained undergraduate and graduate students serve as members of the center’s after-hours HelpLine crisis line.  The internship training program has been continuously accredited by APA since 1983.  

    Texas A&M University:  Texas A&M University in College Station is the Flagship University of the Texas A&M University System. Fall 2019 enrollment for the university was 69,465 students, making it the largest university in the nation. Texas A&M University offers more than 120 undergraduate degree programs and more than 240 masters and doctoral degree programs. Texas A&M University is the oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, and is the only land, sea, and space grant university in Texas. The university offers a rich variety of cultural, recreational, athletic, and community education programs. 

    College Station and Bryan, Texas:  The combined population of the College Station/Bryan area is approximately 250,000.  College Station and Bryan are located 95 miles northwest of Houston, 95 miles east of Austin, the state capitol, 200 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth, and 150 miles northeast of San Antonio.  Excellent schools, shopping, and recreational facilities are available in the community and surrounding areas.

     
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    Required Education and Experience:

    Psychologist I - Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or other degree acceptable to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP). One year of full-time supervised internship in college or university counseling center or other relevant setting, pre-doctoral internship preferably APA accredited.

    Required Licenses and Certifications:

    Eligible for licensure in the State of Texas as a Licensed Psychologist. Become licensed in Texas as a Psychologist within one year from date of employment. Must maintain licensure for continued employment


    Case Manager - Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Three years of related experience in case management referral and tracking. Exceptional attention for detail and follow through, clinical competency in multicultural case management,  ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

    Required Licenses and Certifications: Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) in the State of Texas


    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    Psychologist I - Please highlight experience working with college students or young adults for individual counseling/therapy, group, outreach, and crisis intervention. Please note if able to provide fluent counseling in Spanish or another language. The successful candidate will have an interest in developing relationships with key diversity leaders at a university, experience or interest in developing and providing diversity programming for students, faculty, and staff, and have clinical experience providing counseling services to marginalized populations. 

    Preferred Education and Experience:

    • Experience in needs assessments and program evaluation
    • Experience and interest in providing group service
    • Experience, interest, and skills with use of social media to enhance outreach and support services
    • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized and underserved populations on issues of race/ethnicity and intersectionality

    Case Manager - Preferred Education and Experience:

    •     Experience providing case management, referral, and tracking services in higher education setting
    •     Experience with Electronic Medical Record software
    •     Experience navigating health insurance plans/benefits
    •     Experience providing mental health case management in a higher education setting
    •     Experience in database software and information management
    •     Experience with Qualtrics or another survey software system
    •     Experience in database creation

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    •     Ability to provide bilingual services

    Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

    •     Membership in HECMA (Higher Education Case Managers Association)
     
    COMPENSATION

    Salary, Benefits, and Appointment Period:  For the academic year 2020-2021, the Psychologist I position has been approved for a salary of $59000 with extensive benefits. This position has a career ladder that currently provides significant salary increases each time the staff member progresses through level I – IV with the first salary increase occurring upon licensure. This position has been approved for funding for three years from the Office of Student Success with the intention to provide ongoing funding at the end of that grant from Counseling & Psychological Services. 

    The Case Manager position has been approved for $40,712 with extensive benefits.

    Employment appointments are made on an annual basis. Benefits include:  Health, vision (optional), dental (optional), life insurance, retirement program, vacation leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.

    APPLICATION MATERIALS

    Applicants should apply online at https://www.tamu.edu/about/employment.html. Various departments not associated with CAPS may also be advertising positions. Please note the department you are submitting your application to. CAPS positions are titled Psychologist I and Clinical Social Worker, respectively. Applicants must apply to each position of interest to be considered for that position. You are strongly encouraged to scan your application with a cover letter into a single PDF file for upload to avoid complications. 

    Applicants must submit: a current resume or Curriculum Vitae. A cover letter should be included, stating the applicant's interest in working at Texas A&M University CAPS, how this position relates to the applicant's professional interests, details listing the applicant’s experience as it pertains to the requirements of the position, and information about the applicant’s training/interest in a professional area of expertise relevant to college and university counseling center work. Because references will be conducted through a formal HR process, letters of reference may be attached but are not required.  Degrees and a background check will be verified prior to an employment offer. 

    Application Process:  A Search Committee will review completed applications, conduct interviews with selected applicants, and make recommendations to the Director for video interviews.  

    Additional Information:   Further information about this position may be obtained by contacting:

    Lanice Bennett, MS, LPC-S, NCC

    Associate Director

    lbennett@caps.tamu.edu

    Further information about application materials may be directed to GeNae' Welch, gwelch@caps.tamu.edu. 

    Texas A&M University is committed to diversity. It is our policy not to discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Furthermore, we will maintain a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.