Mental Health & Performance Clinician

University of Georgia Athletic Association,

Mental Health & Performance
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Last Posted:

Thu, Nov 17th, '22


This position will remain open until filled.

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Last Updated:

Thu, Nov 17th, '22

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  • Full Time

The UGAAA Mental Health and Performance (MH&P) team is comprised of a diverse staff of licensed clinical professionals representing counseling, social work, sport psychology, and psychiatry. UGA student-athletes are eligible to receive individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, psychological assessment support, mental skills training, and performance enhancement consultation.

The Mental Health and Performance (MH&P) Clinician will be responsible for providing individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, performance enhancement sessions, and interdisciplinary treatment team consultation services. Other responsibilities include the development and implementation of educational programming and individual/team performance enhancement facilitation and training. May also provide clinical supervision to clinicians in training (ie. Postdoctoral Fellows, Doctoral Practicum Students). The MH&P Clinician works under the supervision of the Assistant Athletic Director of Mental Health and Performance and in conjunction with sports medicine, referring physicians, other ancillary medical professionals, and UGAAA staff (athletic administration, coaches, athletic trainers, academics, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, counseling/sport psychology clinicians).

Provide counseling services to individual student-athletes including; evaluation, treatment planning, progress monitoring, re-evaluation, and possible referral:
  • General clinical responsibilities such as writing clinical intakes, treatment planning, psychotherapy, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, triage, and coordination of care.
  • Assessing appropriateness for care, referral to higher level of care when indicated.
  • Provide evaluations, crisis interventions, and brief psychotherapies with a wide range of patients (individuals and groups) within the athletic department.
  • Engage in counseling-related activities including, but not limited to: maintaining counseling records, referrals, and managing various organizational and administrative aspects of counseling cases. Provide daytime, evening, and weekend crisis intervention and emergency services in situations involving individual student-athletes or teams.
  • Communication with other appropriate athletic department staff members (with appropriate release forms i.e. HIPAA, FERPA) to ensure a collaborative and comprehensive approach to well-being of student-athletes.
  • Participate in weekly case management and staff meetings.
  • In collaboration with Assistant AD of Mental Health and Performance, provide consulting and outreach services to coaches, athletic trainers, and other administrative personnel regarding the psychological well-being of individual student-athletes and teams.
  • Communicate with appropriate university administrators and various mental health and medical professionals regarding clinical services and/or patient care
  • Coordinate delivery of substance use education and treatment. Assist the academic support staff, as requested with LD/ADHD assessments.
Sport Performance and Mental Skills Training: Help athletes and teams enhance their sport performance, mental skills, team culture, leadership, and successfully manage pressures of their sport:

Under the supervision of the Assistant AD of Mental Health and Performance:
  • Conduct individual and team performance enhancement and cognitive mental skill building related to sport performance, competition, team dynamics, and high performance.
  • Assist student-athletes with the cognitive and emotional aspects of athletic performance, conflict resolution, motivation, recovery from injury, and team building.
  • Understand and comply with state statutes governing the ethical provision of psychological care, as well as those rules governing the NCAA and Southeastern conferences.
  • Responsible for keeping abreast of current trends and developments in the field through publications, seminars, and conferences.
Administrative Duties and Supervision:
  • Attend weekly Mental Health and Performance Staff meetings and other athletics association meetings.
  • Attend weekly individual clinical supervision with Assistant AD for Mental Health and Performance
  • Complete clinical documentation, note writing, maintaining client charts, communicating with other MH&P clinicians, and coordinating care.
  • Coordinate and maintain good standing with licensure and accreditation organizations.
  • Develop and maintain good standing with mental health and sport performance resources, community groups, and organizations at the local, state, and national levels to further relationships and enhance programs for student athletes and UGAAA staff.
  • Participate in continuing education and professional association activities related to performance of job functions and the maintenance of skills.
  • Perform special functions for the department as requested by the Assistant AD of Mental Health and Performance.

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Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.


Master’s degree or doctorate in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work. One to three years of demonstrated clinical experience. Eligible for licensure in Georgia for independent practice of psychology and/or counseling within six months of hire.


3+ years of demonstrated clinical experience working with elite athlete and/or college student-athlete populations. Training or specialization in one or more of the following areas is highly desired: Eating Disorders, Sport Performance /Mental Skills, Crisis Response and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Certification in mental Skill development and sport performance is preferred but not necessary (ie. Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), Sport Social Work Certificate.)


$80,000 - $100,000 annually



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