Staff Therapist

University of Iowa,

University Counseling Service
Last Posted:

Tue, Sep 1st, '20


September 18, 2020

Start Date:


Last Updated:

Tue, Sep 1st, '20

  • |
  • Full Time

The University Counseling Service (UCS) is actively recruiting a permanent, full-time Staff Therapist that will provide psychological services to assist a multiculturally rich and diverse student body in attaining their educational, interpersonal, and academic goals. Psychological services include individual assessment and counseling; clinical crisis services; case management; group counseling; psycho-educational outreach programming and consultation to students, staff, faculty, administrators, and parents/families; supervision and training to graduate students in the mental health professions; and commitment to working in diversity, equity, and  inclusion within marginalized communities.

Job Duties

  • Provision of clinical services and programs:
    • Carries a clinical case load providing counseling to individuals, couples, and groups, consulting with other professionals as necessary.
    • Provides diagnoses, assessment, and treatment for emotional and functional disorders through primarily brief model counseling.
    • Follows overall therapeutic policies and goals to ensure operational excellence.
    • Coordinates and evaluates the quality of counseling.
    • Supports students with case management, including provision of referrals to community providers as needed and appropriate.


  • Educational/Professional training:
    • Supervises, evaluates, and assists trainees in various content areas.
    • Conducts workshops and outreach services designed to provide mental health education to students, staff, faculty, administrators, and parents/families.
    • Provides clinical supervision to mental health profession trainees at all levels of training.
    • Uses knowledge of training techniques to assist trainees in the development of clinical skills.
    • Uses awareness of diverse clinical interventions to assist trainee learning.


  • Administrative responsibilities:
    • Develops cooperative working relationships with UI units.
    • Designs and develops outreach programs to meet the needs of requesting UI units.
    • Monitors, evaluates, and keeps informed of cutting-edge standards of practice in counseling services and keeps abreast of pertinent regulations, standards, publications, and information; provides comparison analysis to supervisors for evaluation.
    • May seek funding for and conduct studies and research on mental health issues; may publish or present findings in appropriate professional journals or forums.
    • Knowledge of APA, ACA, or NASW Ethical Standards.

About the University Counseling Service (UCS)

The UCS is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, fluid, fun, multiculturally proficient, and creative center actively engaged in the furtherance and betterment of compassionate psychological services, outreach, and training.  The UCS fosters the mental health of students, staff, and faculty, nurtures student success, and contributes to a safe, welcoming, and multiculturally aware campus community.  The UCS is a dynamic part of the Division of Student Life and is highly utilized by students and other campus constituents seeking a variety of mental health services.  Staff are cohesive, collegial, engaged, and passionate about working within a campus environment.  The UCS runs large psychology and social work practicum programs and an APA-accredited psychology internship.  The UCS is a learning organization as clinical service, training, outreach, and professional development are informed by research, local data, and benchmarking with national trends and peer institutions.  The UCS identifies closely with the vision, values, and guiding principles of the Division of Student Life.

About the Division of Student Life:

The Division of Student Life is comprised of staff that embrace new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 14 departments that span from Recreation Services to the office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.  One of our division priorities is to advance UI’s goals to recruit and retain U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.

  • Doctoral degree in either Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA-Accredited program, Masters in Social Work with clinical focus from a CSWE-Accredited program, of MA/MS in Counseling from a CACREP-Accredited Program
  • Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor:  Licensed as an LISW or LMSW or LMHC in the State of Iowa by date of hire.  Psychologist: Possession of a valid State of Iowa license as a psychologist within 18 months of hire.  License must be maintained as a condition of continued employment
  • Social Worker or Mental Health Counselor: Relevant post-degree experience (typically 1-3 years).
    • Psychologist:  Relevant post-degree experience (typically 1-3 years) or satisfactory completion of a psychology doctoral internship
  • Extensive knowledge of evidence and theory based mental health counseling in assessment, crisis, individual, case management and group
  • Extensive ability to assess, manage, and ensure high quality mental health counseling and crisis management
  • Extensive proficiency in planning and delivering outreach programs and consultation services
  • Working knowledge of providing training and supervision to trainees
  • Expert proficiency in the application of communication techniques and relationship building skills that develop the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Extensive proficiency in collaborating and interacting with individuals and groups while valuing the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity

Working proficiency with office and tele-mental health support tools and electronic medical records software (e.g., word processing, email, presentation software and spreadsheets, electronic health records); preferably Microsoft Office, Titanium, and Zoom

  • Working proficiency and interest in working within the specialization of and providing treatment modalities for eating disorders and body image concerns
    Working proficiency with serious and complex mental health concerns and with mental health crises
  • Working proficiency with students who are Mandarin speaking; Indigenous and Native Americans; Asian Indian, Black/African-American; Latinx, and/or LGBTQ+
  • Working proficiency with infusing technology into the delivery of mental health services
  • Interest and/or experience in counseling center research
  • Working proficiency with psychological assessment:  Administration, interpretation, and reporting
  • Working proficiency and interest in providing brief psychoeducational group interventions
  • Previous mental health experience working on a college or university campus


  • Pay level: 5A
  • Salary: $55,000 to Commensurate based on credentials and experience

Application Details:

·         Go To: and search for Position #-20002786

·         In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.  Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.