Embedded Counselor - Northern Virginia

Virginia Tech,

Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center, Virginia Tech
Last Posted:

Thu, Feb 11th, '21


March 2, 2021

Start Date:


Last Updated:

Thu, Feb 11th, '21

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  • Full Time

The Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center invites applications for a licensed mental health clinician to provide services to students enrolled at the Virginia Tech campus in Northern Virginia.  Located in Falls Church, the counselor will provide direct clinical and educational services to students while also providing consultation and collaboration with the faculty, advisors, and staff at the campus. The position will report to the director of the counseling center and collaborate with the student affairs and faculty in this location.


The clinician will provide clinical services primarily to graduate students including initial consultation and assessment, individual counseling, and make appropriate referrals for psychiatric consultations.  The counselor will be available for drop-in hours, programmatic offerings to students, and informal consultations.  At the campus, the counselor will be available for consultation with faculty, advisors, and staff regarding student mental health concerns. 


This is a new position that will have the opportunity to assist in supporting students at our growing campus offerings in the Greater Washington DC Metro region.  Over the next three-to-five years, Virginia Tech will expand its presence to include increased graduate enrollment to collaborate with external partners in the area.


 The Cook Counseling Center is a vibrant and growing multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals who work and thrive in a fast-paced environment providing focused treatment to all full-time students of Virginia Tech.  Embodying the Virginia Tech Principles of Community (www.inclusive.vt.edu) and committed to inclusivity and social justice, the center provides support to over 5,000 student per year through a full range of mental health services including individual and group counselling, psychiatric evaluation and medication, outreach and educational trainings (www.ucc.vt.edu).  The center has a central location with satellite operations and embedded counselors on the Blacksburg campus, in our Roanoke facility, and in the coming year in the Northern Virginia campus.  The center is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services and its internship training program by the American Psychological Association; additionally, the center provides training opportunities to third-year psychiatric residents and practicum students in counseling.  


Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers.  As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and a leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers about 280 undergraduate and graduate majors to more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across the commonwealth and manages a research portfolio of more than $531 million. The university fulfills its role as a land-grant institution by fostering a collaborative environment that integrates technology into all disciplines, so that the Virginia Tech community can serve as a force for positive change around the commonwealth, the country, and the world.


Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia; a significant presence across the commonwealth, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia, the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke, and sites in Newport News and Richmond; educational and research facilities across the state; a study-abroad site in Switzerland; and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.


·         Applicants will be licensed in their mental health field which requires the appropriate degree for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia, e.g., doctoral degree for psychologists, master’s degree for counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work.

·         Ability to work independently with strict adherence to ethical and legal guidelines

·         Experience in providing focused therapeutic interventions.

·         Experience and interest in collaboration with academic departments, faculty and staff.

·         Training and experience in delivering culturally competent interventions.


·         Experience in working with graduate students in engineering and the sciences

·         Familiarity with community resources in Northern Virginia/DC region.

·         Ability to speak a foreign language, e.g., Spanish, Mandarin.

·         Experience in outreach and educational programming, e.g., suicide prevention gate-keeper programs.


Commensurate with education and experience.


Please forward a cover letter, updated CV, and a list of three references.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Christopher Flynn at flynnc@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.