Staff Therapist

Valparaiso University,

Valparaiso University Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Fri, Jul 31st, '20


August 9, 2020

Start Date:

As early as August 17, 2020

Last Updated:

Fri, Jul 31st, '20

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  • Full Time

Title: Therapist, Counseling Center   

Immediate Supervisor: Director, Counseling Services   

Time Commitment: Full time, 10 month position.  August 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021.    

Position Responsibilities:    


  1. Provide individual, conjoint, and group counseling to Valparaiso University students.
  2. Conduct intakes for incoming clients and provide the appropriate recommendations (i.e. individual counseling, referral out, AARC, health center, TAO Connect, etc.).
  3. Provide single appointment sessions to students at the end of each semester.
  4. Provide crisis intervention and crisis counseling for students whenever needed.
  5. Provide consultation concerning students and student problems to faculty, staff, students, parents, and other professionals.
  6. Administer and interpret appropriate evaluation instruments.
  7. Maintain accurate client records within legal and ethical guidelines of the profession.
  8. Create professional emails to clients when appropriate and send communication to clients in a timely manner via personal account or front desk staff to be sent out by counseling center email.
  9. Provide referrals to clients requiring external providers.


Outreach and Consultation   

  1. Develop and present outreach programs and services to address and respond to the needs of the campus community.
  2. Participate in outreach activities in the greater community on a time-available basis.
  3. Provide consultation and referral for University faculty, staff, and administration regarding Counseling Center policies, procedures, and services, as appropriate.


Supervision and Training   

  1. Share orientation and supervision responsibilities for mental health trainees with other professional staff.
  2. Posibility of providing supervision for graduate-level clinical trainees.
  3. Participate in continued professional growth via activities such as seminars, conferences, and in-services.
  4. Work cooperatively with fellow professionals to develop and implement Counseling Center services.



  1. Be knowledgeable of and support Counseling Center policies and procedures.
  2. Be aware of and support Student Affairs goals and objectives.
  3. Consult with director and other staff regarding all major decisions which affect the Counseling Center.
  4. Collaborate with staff to formulate annual Counseling Center goals and objectives.
  5. Participate in Counseling Center, Student Affairs, and University committee work, as appropriate.
  6. Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for marketing the Counseling Center services.
  7. Administer and coordinate assigned areas of responsibility (i.e. Outreach).
  8. Assist in the selection of Counseling Center professional and support staff.
  9. Provide consultation and referral for University faculty, staff, and administration regarding Counseling Center policies, procedures, and services, as appropriate.
  10. Provide input for budget formulation and implementation for the Counseling Center.
  11. Accept additional responsibilities when needed.



Counseling Services one of seven units within the Student Affairs Division of the University. The unit offers a broad range of preventative, remedial, and developmental services to the Valparaiso University community. Our mission is to promote the psychological well-being of students so as to enhance their healthy decision-making and overall functioning. Counseling Services assists students in overcoming personal issues that may negatively impact their ability to be successful and to make the most out of their experience at Valparaiso University. In addition, Counseling Services works with staff and faculty to improve the quality of the living and learning environment of their students. Counseling Services staff includes a director, two assistant directors, two generalist staff therapists, a substance abuse and sexual trauma specialist and three graduate level mental health trainees. Counseling Services is comprised of three offices – the Counseling Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education (OADE), and Sexual Assault and Facilitative Education (SAAFE) programs.    

Valparaiso University is a top ranked private residential campus of over 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students located in Valparaiso, Indiana.  The University is a comprehensive institution offering both liberal arts and professional programs.  There are separate colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, and a special honors program (Christ College) for academically superior students.   In addition, the University has a Graduate School with programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing. Valparaiso University is an Equal Opportunity Employer -

Valparaiso, Indiana is a city of 40,000 located 13 miles from the beaches at Lake Michigan and 50 miles from downtown Chicago. The city has been recognized as one of the top communities in Indiana and one of the best cities of its size in the US. Details about Valparaiso and the surrounding area can be found at


A masters of doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, CMHC, MSW, or related mental health counseling degree. Licensure or license eligibility in Indiana within three years of hire is necessary. 


Possessing college counseling center experience is preferred.


35,000 for ten months starting on August 1, 2020


All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three professional references to Stewart Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services at no later than August 9, 2020.