Triage/Crisis Therapist

University of Colorado Boulder,

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
Last Posted:

Tue, Jan 26th, '21


Please apply by February 15, 2021 for consideration.

Start Date:

To be determined.

Last Updated:

Tue, Jan 26th, '21

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  • Full Time

Join our counseling team at CU Boulder! Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) encourages applications for a Triage/Crisis Therapist. CAPS Crisis & Triage Therapist is a fast-paced, dynamic clinical position that requires flexibility, multi-tasking, and strong crisis management skills. CAPS crisis/triage clinicians work in a highly collaborative team environment, meeting frequently to coordinate active/emergent situations, and to establish and revise clinic procedures with crisis care in mind. CAPS requires all staff to integrate considerations and issues of Diversity and Social Justice in all assessment, treatment, referral, and training services provided.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Face-to-Face and Direct Crisis Services
  • Provide front-line staffing of CAPS’ clinical triage system, including short-term, in-person and/or telehealth interventions & assessment of current mental health status to stabilize students in crisis & determine appropriate disposition. Consider/recommend appropriate level of care and inpatient hospitalization when indicated.
  • Initiate involuntary psychiatric holds when indicated based on Colorado mental health statutes.
  • Organize workflow according to presumed severity of presenting situations. Work closely with CAPS front desk staff to ensure all incoming requests are attended to and resolved.
  • Provide crisis stabilization to current clinic clients when their primary clinicians are unavailable or need crisis backup.
  • Carry small caseload of clients for mental health management purposes, employing recurring sessions when indicated to maintain client stability.
  • Develop strengths-based crisis and treatment plans that are responsive to client goals, needs, and resources, and promote resiliency and engagement with formal mental health services and other supportive resources within the CU Boulder community.
  • Support student populations who are traditionally underserved by current systems to increase motivation for and reduce barriers to engaging in recommended mental health and other supportive services.
  • Attend all assigned staff and team meetings.
  • Provide crisis care training to new CAPS staff and trainees.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation.
  • Maintain Electronic Medical Record according to CAPS standards.
Crisis Care Coordination
  • Provide crisis consultation to CAPS clinic staff in emergent situations as well as regarding ongoing care of high acuity clients.
  • Collaborate with multiple 3rd party/collateral agencies, university departments, and members of student’s community (family, friends, faculty, etc.) to assess crisis reports. Act in a consultative capacity to recommend appropriate crisis responses.
  • Track students who are contacted by first responders and/or transported to hospital/crisis units in order to provide collateral information for continuity of care and coordinate discharge aftercare.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with police, first responders, and local hospitals/crisis centers. Coordinate welfare checks and psychiatric holds.
  • Coordinate referrals for resources internal and external to CU Boulder. Engage in collaboration & relationship building with community mental health resources and other CU Boulder departments to ensure outstanding care for CU Boulder students when referred.

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.

  • Completion of an MSW, Ph.D, Psy.D, LPC or LMFT from an accredited program.
  • Licensed in the state of Colorado as an independent clinician by the date of hire.
  • Experience with a range of clinical issues, ranging from developmental issues to more serious psychopathology.
  • At least one year of post- independent licensure experience in crisis care/stabilization and case management.
  • Experience providing brief therapy.
  • Experience with electronic medical record-keeping and documentation.
  • 2+ years experience in crisis care and case management
  • Experience with involuntary holds and hospitalization process
  • Experience with college student population and setting
  • Interest and experience providing clinical services and outreach programming to students representing diverse socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, and LGBTQ+ identities.
  • Specific training in crisis intervention, trauma informed care, mental health statutes, and/or crisis de-escalation.

Starting salary is dependent on licensure and experience. For MSW/LPC's, salary range is $52,000-$85,000; for psychologists: $70,000-$100,000. 

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  3. A short essay (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the following statement: "Our department recognizes that our mission and ability to support a diverse student population is strengthened by contributions from diverse perspectives and life experiences. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice, as well as how you apply this to your work."
You will not be asked to upload references at this time. 

Please apply by February 15, 2021 for consideration. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.