Austin Peay State University,

Health & Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Wed, Nov 11th, '20


Open until filled.

Start Date:

As soon as a viable candidate is chosen.

Last Updated:

Fri, Nov 13th, '20

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  • Full Time

 Austin Peay State University is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a licensed therapist to join our experienced, multidisciplinary team of therapists. Our team of clinicians serves an important, high visibility role on our campus and consists of a clinical social worker, a marriage and family therapist, a professional counselor, and a psychologist. We are interested in hiring an exceptional person to join our team, someone with demonstrated success serving as a generalist therapist utilizing a variety of counseling techniques, to provide brief therapy services to our student population and to take a lead role in overseeing our in-house clinical training program for graduate counseling interns.

APSU's Health and Counseling Center is particularly interested in strengthening services to an increasingly diverse student population. With that goal in mind, this position will call for expertise in providing culturally responsive counseling, outreach, and other programs to underrepresented populations, including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, veteran status, and/or socio-economic status.

This position will report to the Assistant Director of Student Counseling Services.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct care services

-          Provide brief, solution-focused, culturally sensitive therapy services, including individual, couples, and/or group counseling to APSU students.

-          Provide intake, triage, and other mental health assessments to ensure optimal delivery of services.

-          Assist clients in identifying and utilizing other campus and community resources and services related to student success and well-being.

-          Provide referrals to off-campus providers for students who may require more specialized services.

-          Respond to student mental health crises and provide after-hours emergency coverage as needed.

-          Maintain confidential case files and records.


Outreach and prevention services

-          Establish collaborative roles with the various APSU student cultural centers.

-          Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students and serve as a general resource person where student mental health and well-being are concerned. Represent the department by participating in wellness and other outreach events.

-          Provide consultation for faculty, staff, and students regarding individual students of concern who may be exhibiting signs of distress or dysfunction.


Clinical training program

-          Take a lead role in overseeing an in-house clinical training program. Use best practices to develop, assess, and strengthen the program.

-          Maintain strong relations with area academic programs in graduate counseling and psychology. Advertise position openings and recruit candidates as needed.

-          Ensure delivery of high quality didactic instruction and clinical supervision to counseling interns.

-          Provide formal evaluation of counseling interns and consult with their academic supervisors/field placement coordinators as needed.



-          Explore opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

-          Serve on relevant University committees.

-          Attend appropriate local, regional, and national meetings and conferences for professional development and to represent the department, the division, and the University.

-          Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Essential Functions:

-          Advanced knowledge of counseling theories and modalities.

-          Commitment and expertise in working with diverse populations and/or underrepresented college student populations, including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, veteran status, and/or socio-economic status.

-          Knowledge and experience with multicultural theory and research, and the application of such research to college counseling center work.

-          Ability to effectively assess psychological, social and emotional difficulties.

-          Strong counseling skills.

-          Strong crisis intervention skills.

-          Experience providing short-term, solution-focused treatment

-          Experience working within multidisciplinary teams

-          Experience facilitating a variety of psychotherapy and/or wellness-oriented groups, ranging from psychoeducational and skills-based groups to interpersonal process groups.

-          Ability to maintain files accurately, in both paper and software formats.

-          Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.

-          Good project management skills; able to handle multiple tasks and timelines in an organized manner.

-          Must be able to work well with supervisors, coworkers, the University community, and the public.

-          Ability to effectively operate a personal computer and utilize appropriate software.


Austin Peay State University is a vibrant, growing university, located on a beautiful campus close to downtown Clarksville and the Cumberland River. Clarksville, Tennessee, is the state’s fifth largest and youngest city. Austin Peay is a four-year public, master’s level university, which began offering its first doctoral degree fall 2018. Austin Peay’s strategic plan focuses on five goals that will guide the University through the next 10 years. The five goals are growing enrollment, building student success, sustaining University growth, expanding diversity and enhancing communication.


Required Qualifications:


-          Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or related field.

-          Licensed as a Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee or be able to obtain licensure within six months of date of hire.

-          Successful experience providing counseling services to adults and/or adolescents.

-          A background check will be required for the successful applicant.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work, and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.



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