Staff Counselor/Psychologist, The University Counseling Center

Wake Forest University,

University Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Wed, Dec 9th, '20


Open until filled

Start Date:


Last Updated:

Wed, Dec 9th, '20

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  • Full Time

Job Description Summary

A member of a close and collaborative team of mental health professionals who provide comprehensive confidential mental health services to a vibrant community comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. The successful candidate for this position will provide short-term counseling/therapy and crisis intervention to Wake Forest University students, and consultation and outreach to the WFU community. The University Counseling Center (UCC) is focused on providing equitable and inclusive services to the campus community, particularly to historically marginalized populations. The UCC is a APA-accredited training site for psychology and counseling interns for whom all staff members serve as supervisors, consultants, and mentors. Based on experience and interest, staff have the opportunity to provide leadership over a UCC service area and/or advocacy for a special population. The University Counseling Center is part of the Health & Wellbeing Team of offices within the Division of Campus Life.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Provides individual and group counseling/therapy to students at the University
  • Conducts crisis assessment and intervention for urgent/walk-in appointments
  • May coordinate at least one of the following areas and/or provide advocacy for at least one of the following populations:
    • Marginalized populations (international students, first generation students, traditionally underrepresented racial/cultural groups, LGBTQ+ students)
    • Men’s mental health
    • Training (Master’s and/or Doctoral)
    • Clinical services
    • Outreach
    • Groups
  • Provides didactic training, consultation, and clinical supervision to UCC graduate trainees in psychology and counseling
  • Works collaboratively both within the Health & Wellbeing team and across other departments as members of the Division of Campus Life to ensure delivery of integrated professional services consistent with the mission and strategic directions of Campus Life
  • Provides professional consultation to all members of the University community
  • Provides outreach, workshops, and training on various mental health and wellbeing topics as needed
  • Provides after-hours on-call crisis counseling on a rotating basis, and occasional after-hours outreach as needed
  • Keeps timely, accurate, and ethical records consistent with UCC policy

About WFU:

Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community of men and women that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.?

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town.


Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field (i.e. psychology, counseling, social work, or couples and family therapy)
  • Eligible to practice as a mental health professional in the state of North Carolina (must be independently licensed within 12 months of start date)
  • Knowledge, skill, and ability to work with clients from a diversity of backgrounds and marginalized populations
  • Knowledge of and experience providing a broad range of psychotherapy and counseling methods within a time-limited scope of service
  • Knowledge of and ability to use crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to consult and collaborate both within and outside the University
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to keep good client records and use Titanium scheduler/database
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage confidential information
  • Adherence to APA/ACA/NASW ethical codes

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Doctorate in psychology from an APA-accredited graduate program licensed to practice as a psychologist in the state of North Carolina
  • Passion for and experience working with students from marginalized groups and diverse backgrounds; and dedication to partnering with relevant campus advocates (Safe Office, LGBTQ Center, Intercultural Center, Women’s Center, Magnolia Scholars, etc.) to improve mental health service provision
  • Experience with mental health provision in a college or university counseling center
  • Experience providing developmentally appropriate clinical supervision to master’s and/or doctoral interns or trainees in mental health fields


  • May provide clinical consultation and supervision to master’s and/or doctoral student trainees

Cover letter and CV are required