Counseling Services Therapist, Initial Access/Crisis Care

Portland State University,

Center for Student Health and Counseling
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Last Posted:

Fri, Sep 8th, '23


open until finalists identified

Start Date:

10/2/23, flexible

Last Updated:

Fri, Sep 8th, '23

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  • Full Time

The Counseling Services (CS) Therapist, Initial Access/Crisis Care is a licensed or license eligible mental health provider who has interest in working at a university counseling center serving diverse populations in a full-time, 12 month position. They work collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team of professionals to meet the diverse mental health needs of a global student community. The CS Therapist, Initial Access/Crisis Care provides culturally responsive mental health services to PSU students including: initial consultation/triage, emergency/crisis services, and case management as needed. They must work exceptionally well with students of color, LGBTQ+ students, international students, and other underrepresented students and communities on campus. They will regularly consult with faculty and staff regarding student mental health concerns and work collaboratively with campus and greater Portland area community resources.

The CS Therapist, Initial Access/Crisis Care may supervise Master’s level students in training. They are an active participant in staff and clinical team meetings, professional development and clinical in-service activities, as well as involvement with Student Affairs programs/activities and university-wide committees/projects.


Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners.

More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

The PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is a nationally accredited healthcare facility that offers medical, counseling, dental, and health promotion/education services to the students of PSU. The center consists of over 100 clinical and administrative staff, and there are currently 20,000 students eligible to use SHAC services. For more information about SHAC, please go to our website:

SHAC strives for inclusive and equitable hiring practices. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our healthcare team. All SHAC staff participating on search committees have completed PSU’s Inclusive Hiring Workshop.

Counseling Services is committed to helping students flourish in the classroom and beyond. We know that stress and other life circumstances impact students’ abilities to function at their best in the classroom and in their communities. Counseling Services offers a variety of short term mental health services that help students effectively cope with stressors, grow from experiences, find ways to restore balance, build strength, and ultimately increase personal well-being.


Master’s degree in a mental health discipline (e.g., counseling, social work, marriage and family, or related field).

Current Oregon license (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) or eligible for Oregon license upon hire.

At least one year experience providing counseling, case management and/or crisis intervention services to diverse racial and cultural groups including LGBTQ+ populations.


Skills, knowledge, and demonstrated commitment to the needs of students of color, students from indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ students, international students, veterans, students from diverse religious affiliations, undocumented students, and first generation students.

Experience providing crisis assessment and support services for high-risk clients.

Experience providing case management/referral services.

Clinical supervision experience.

Bilingual or multilingual counseling skills.

Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) with colleagues and clients.

Experience working on an interdisciplinary team of health and mental health professionals.


The starting annual salary rate for Master’s level candidates is $66,948. Salary may be negotiable above the starting annual salary, dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.

PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% employer-paid premiums for employee and eligible dependents’ medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as significantly reduced tuition rates for employees and eligible dependents at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

After completing six full months, employees are eligible to choose between our two employer paid pension programs in addition to two voluntary retirement programs. Wellness options include access to the Campus Rec center at a reduced rate and free wellness programs. Please visit our total compensation calculator to see the full value of our benefits package.


Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter that clearly demonstrates how your education and experience:

a) meet the minimum qualifications (and, as applicable, the preferred qualifications)


b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described in the posting.

  • Curriculum vitae or resume including work history, education, and training

  • Contact information for three professional references (one of which is a current or past clinical supervisor)