Brief Intervention Specialist

University of Tennessee,

Student Counseling Center
Last Posted:

Wed, May 5th, '21


Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Start Date:

This position is open immediately but hire must start no later than August 2, 2021.

Last Updated:

Wed, May 5th, '21

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  • Full Time

The Position: Reporting to the Associate Director for Clinical Services, the primary function of the Brief Intervention Specialist is to provide a range of culturally responsive "rapid access" or urgent care services. These services will include crisis assessment and intervention, brief solution-focused interventions, brief initial assessments (triage), facilitation of referrals to inpatient and outpatient community providers, and other single session interventions. While the therapist in this position may carry a small caseload of traditional psychotherapy clients, the primary focus will be brief interventions of 1-3 sessions. The successful candidate will have strong general therapy skills including crisis assessment and intervention and will be comfortable working with a wide range of clinical issues within a short-term treatment model. This position includes opportunity for engagement within the university community through community intervention and outreach, development of liaison relationships with campus partners, and mental health consultation with faculty and staff. The position also allows for participation in the center’s doctoral training program through didactics, seminars, and other teaching opportunities consistent with the needs of the training program. Finally, the person in this position will be expected to demonstrate clear commitment to all dimensions of diversity and to produce professional work that is culturally informed. 

Provide culturally appropriate clinical service to students including:

  • Drop-in appointments, brief assessment, and interventions
  • Crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization
  • Assessment of suicidal ideation and dangerousness to self and others
  • Community and campus referrals
  • Assist with hospitalizations and aftercare
  • Traditional individual, couple, and group psychotherapy based upon center needs.  

Coordination and collaboration with departmental staff

  • Assistance with coordination of drop-in and other rapid access appointments
  • General consultation regarding intervention
  • Consultation and training with staff regarding brief interventions
  • Participation in departmental staff meetings, committees, training
  • Training in doctoral clinical training program as needed. 

Campus community engagement including:

  • Presenting psychoeducational workshops, suicide prevention or Gatekeeper training
  • Providing support at mental health related events
  • Service on university committees.  

Administrative duties: 

  • Documentation of clinical notes
  • Responding to client emails, phone calls, and other communication
  • Coordinating client care, i.e., case management
  • Responding to departmental and campus emails
  • Developing and maintaining a program of professional growth and development including maintaining active license to practice.


The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling nearly 29,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff persons who serve our students through 16 departments and functions. Division Staff are actively engaged in the lives of students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.

The Department: The Student Counseling Center is a full-service collegiate counseling center staffed by 11 licensed psychologists and 4 Master’s level therapists. The center also supports a robust APA accredited training program training 5 full-time interns and 8-12 doctoral psychology trainees. The Center shares a state of the art facility with the Student Health Center and the Center for Health Education and Wellness allowing for a wide range of collaboration in programming and student care.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in a mental health field
  • License-eligible to practice independently as a health services provider in Tennessee; must be fully licensed to practice independently within 18 months of start date
  • 3 years of experience providing mental health services (supervised experience included)
  • Experience in suicide and risk assessment and intervention
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume clinical setting with clients presenting in acute distress, maintaining composure, and communicating effectively to client and clinical team
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to diversity, i.e., can demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning and integration of a multicultural and inclusive perspectives to counseling work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Licensed and in good standing as a master’s level mental health clinician TN (LCSW, LPC-MHSP, LMFT). 
  • Experience providing psychological services in a college counseling center
  • Demonstrated interest and experience working with international, historically underrepresented, and/or underserved student communities
  • Extensive experience in assessing and intervening in mental health crises including suicide risk, active psychosis, mania, and other presentations that represent significant clinical risk
  • Experience in reducing barriers to student mental health care in a multicultural university environment

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is accompanied by a full university benefits package.


Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. For consideration, go to: and submit electronically a letter of application that describes your interest in and specific qualifications for the position, a resume, contact information for three professional references (name, address, phone, and email), and unofficial graduate school transcripts.  Applications without these materials will not be considered. This position is open immediately but hire must start no later than August 2, 2021.