Staff Therapist, Alcohol & Other Drug Coordinator

Purdue University,

Counseling & Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Wed, Feb 3rd, '21


Applications accepted until position is filled

Start Date:

March 1, 2021

Last Updated:

Wed, Feb 3rd, '21

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  • Full Time

At Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), our mission is to help Purdue University students maximize the value of their life experiences. As we develop collaborative relationships in a safe and respectful environment, the unique value and dignity of each individual and group are held paramount. Values around social justice, advocacy, and diversity are foundational to our work. We accomplish our mission through a variety of clinical services, including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy; crisis intervention; drug and alcohol programs; and psychopharmacology.  Prevention services through outreach and consultation, and the training of helping professionals complete our mission as the multidimensional counseling center for the campus. 


Persons in the Staff Therapist, AOD Coordinator position will be trained as a strong culturally competent general therapist, with specific knowledge, experience, and interest in substance abuse and addiction. They will be responsible for diagnostic assessment and short-term counseling for a range of psychological and developmental concerns and also specifically for substance use problems. In addition to participation in general functions of a multidisciplinary and multidimensional University Counseling Center (initial assessment, individual & couples short-term therapy, consultation/on-call, outreach, and providing supervision for training for an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship program), the position will entail the coordination and leadership of the Alcohol and Other Drug Program. This includes program development, program evaluation, and collaboration with additional University and community entities regarding substance use on campus. Further responsibilities include individual assessment of substance use, individual and group treatment of substance abuse, implementing prevention programs, and consulting with other staff and faculty.


Purdue University is a coeducational, state-assisted system in Indiana. Founded in 1869 and named after benefactor John Purdue, we are one of the nation’s leading research institutions with a reputation for excellent and affordable education.

We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, we have 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations.

Region Description:

Purdue University is located in Northwest Indiana, about mid-way between Indianapolis and Chicago. By car one can get to Indianapolis in one hour, Chicago in two hours, and either Cincinnati or Louisville in 3 hours.



  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Counseling or Clinical Psychology 
  • Accepted: MSW from an accredited program, licensed as an LCSW, and three (3) years of general therapy experience, or MA or MS in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an accredited program, licensed as an LMHC, and three years of general therapy experience. 
  • One year of experience with young adults, in a college or university counseling center setting. 
  • Must be licensed (eligible) in the State of Indiana. 
  • Strong general therapist with multicultural competence, with specific expertise in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and addiction.
  • Adherence to, and knowledge of ethical and legal standards around general practice and federal regulations governing AOD records.
  • Good judgement and discretion are essential in all aspects of the job.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational skills along with program evaluation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.



  • Experience applying current models of treatment and prevention for substance use concerns, in group and individual formats for voluntary populations on college campus.

Additional Information:

  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position
  • ALL applicants must apply via Purdue's online recruitment system. No other applications/resumes will be accepted
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply


In addition to applying online at; job number 12841; please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to Kyle Kittleson, Psy.D., HSPP, Search Chair ( as well.