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.
- 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.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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
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.