Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Specialist/ Psychologist or Behavioral Health Therapist

Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services,

Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services
Last Posted:

Fri, Jul 31st, '20


Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Start Date:

Fall 2020

Last Updated:

Wed, Sep 16th, '20

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  • Full Time

The WVU Carruth Center, for Psychological and Psychiatric Service is seeking Psychologist or Behavioral Health Therapist who has specialized clinical knowledge and experience working with Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The ideal candidate will focus on working with BIPOC students, providing brief, multiculturally-sensitive counseling for individuals, groups, and couples with diverse presenting concerns. Engaging and collaborating with campus partners to develop and provide culturally informed outreach and prevention services through in person or virtual platforms is also a critical component of the positionThis is a full-time, 12-month position in a large university counseling center with an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship. We are seeking candidates whose clinical service, supervision and outreach is grounded in research, experience, cultural competence and cultural humility. 

  • Provide brief counseling and psychotherapy responsive to racial and cultural issues for individuals, groups, and couples, especially BIPOC students.
  • Provide other clinical services including but not limited to assessment, treatment planning, group therapy, crisis intervention services, psychoeducation, and case management.
  • Comprehensive assessments and intake evaluations, triage, and participation in the Center’s crisis intervention services, drop-in clinic, and after-hours crisis coverage.
  • Provide case management for WVU students who require care that is more specialized or longer term. 
  • Provides consultation and outreach to clients and their families, WVU faculty/staff, and the university community. 
  • Develops and helps implement group/workshop interventions that are facilitated in locations that attract BIPOC students and encourage the development and enhancement of survival and navigational/strategies from their communities and traditions. 
  • Facilitates activities and programs that help maintain focus on the importance of culturally competent clinical services, outreach programming, and training opportunities. 
  • Participates in the Center’s diversity committee which is tasked with holding the Center accountable for providing culturally responsive and inclusive services to students. 
  • Collaborates with other staff on issues pertaining to diversity and cultural competence, especially regarding working with BIPOC students. 
  • Tracks data of usage of services and improves the Center's ability to meet the needs of BIPOC students and reduce stigma of mental health services. 
  • Contributes to the training of doctoral interns and graduate level trainees. 
  • Provides inclusive outreach programming to center clinical staff, WVU faculty, staff and students with a special focus on serving BIPOC students. 
  • Acts as a liaison to other campus offices providing services to BIPOC students.

About Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services (CCPPS)

CCPPS is the coordinating site for student mental health services on the WVU campus and provides access to a wide range of multidisciplinary mental health services including group counseling, brief individual counseling, multifaceted outreach, case/care management, psychiatric assessment and treatment, attention, learning and personality assessment and crisis assessment and stabilization services. Training and supervision are provided to predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, counseling psychology, counseling and social work interns and practicum students, and psychiatric residents. The center's large, multidisciplinary staff includes social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and licensed professional counselors.

CCPPS stands committed to affirming and celebrating multiculturalism in its broadest sense. Students of every background can expect to be able to use our services with a promise of respectful treatment that considers the context of their life experiences; CCPPS has developed a Diversity Statement that is available online.

We wish to establish a work environment that reflects our society and our student body. We have a strong preference for candidates who can contribute, through their education and experience, to the diversity and excellence of the WVU community. Successful candidates will be dedicated clinicians who value working with a unique and diverse population of students.

WVU is committed to innovation and creating an extraordinary experience for our students. We are significantly expanding the clinical and outreach services at CCPPS and are complementing those services with access to higher levels of behavioral health care by collaborating with our colleagues in the health sciences and the broader community to create a collaborative, stepped care model. We are working hard to foster partnerships across campus and are applying technology to support service delivery and outcome assessment. By actively designing and implementing strategies that will help WVU recruit, retain, and develop talented clinicians at CCPPS, we are creating a workplace of choice. This commitment to our students and staff is evidenced by:

  1. A new professional development program which provides CCPPS clinicians with 2-4 weeks of protected time in May or June of each calendar year to focus on clinical training and self-care activities aimed at fostering excellence at both the individual and organizational levels. Individual clinicians also receive funding for professional development ($1500 per year) and can participate in professional education and training offsite during May and June or at other times of the year if scheduled and approved.
  2. Organizational support for significantly expanding our multidisciplinary clinical team. Proposed positions include additional care managers and counselors, psychologists, postdoctoral fellows and an advanced practice nurse.
  3. The development of a collaborative, stepped model of care delivery across WVU and WVU Medicine to better meet the needs of our students, including those who may require care that is more intensive or specialized than can be offered at CCPPS.

About WVU

We pride ourselves on going first—we’re bold enough for big ideas and determined enough to launch them all in the context for care about our students, faculty and staff, and our community.

WVU has a student body of almost 30,000 with over 4,000 minority students, including 1,300 international students from 49 countries. Students, staff and faculty actively partner with the LGBTQ+, Women’s, Black Culture and Research Centers and other diverse stakeholders across campus.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment.

At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at

About the Region

Morgantown, WV, population 28,654, recently rated "No. 1 Small City in America” by for its exceptional quality of life. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, PA, to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, OH, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: One of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City by Inc.; and one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s.



Education Requirements: 

Completed doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology (e.g., Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited program. 


License eligible; must obtain a Provisional License and/or License (Psychologist) in the State of West Virginia within six months of being hired for the position. 

In addition to the qualifications listed for the Generalist, applicants should also have the following: 

  • Minimum of 800 hours - Supervised practica/internship in providing psychological services, including adult outpatient individual counseling and group counseling and assessment. 

  • Completion of one-year, full time APA-accredited predoctoral internship that includes primary rotations in adult outpatient counseling. 

  • Two years of professional counseling experience in individual and group counseling with culturally marginalized, at-risk, and underrepresented groups., clinical supervision, outreach and consultation. 

  • Lived experience as a racial minority a plus 


Behavioral Heath Therapist: 


  • Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work (MA/MS/MSW) or a related field.

  • A supervised practica/internship in providing psychological services, including adult outpatient individual counseling /therapy, group psychotherapy, and assessment.


  • Licensed (or license-eligible within six months of hire). LPC or LICSW --within the State of WV in social work counseling, psychology, or related field


In addition to the qualifications listed for the Generalist, applicants should also have the following: 

  • Supervised practica/internship in providing psychological services, including adult outpatient individual counseling. 

  • Two years of professional counseling and outreach experience, post master’s degree with culturally marginalized, at-risk, and underrepresented groups. 

  • Lived experience as a racial minority a plus.  

  • Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to provide culturally and racially responsive clinical services, especially BIPOC students.
  • Communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills required to develop, supervise and evaluate the center’s diversity initiatives. 
  • Ability and communication skills required to initiate and engage in culturally courageous conversations.  
  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in the delivery of culturally and racially responsive clinical services.
  • Experience and interest in working with diverse populations to promote higher education. 
  • Passion for growing knowledge regarding social justice/world issues 



Competitive salary commensurate with experience, licensure support and clinical supervision, two to four weeks of dedicated professional development (scheduled in May or June), medical benefits, paid sick/annual leave and holidays in accordance with university policies.


Cover Letter, indicating to which position you are applying


3 Letters of Recommendation will be requested after a screening interview