Counselor / Therapist

The Culinary Institute of America,

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Last Posted:

Thu, Sep 28th, '23


November 15, 2023

Start Date:

Ideally in mid-October.

Last Updated:

Thu, Sep 28th, '23

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  • Full Time


The Counselor/Therapist is responsible for providing solution-focused and/or short-term individual psychotherapy on campus for students, supportive counseling, tele-counseling, assessments, and crisis intervention; also provides consultation to students, faculty, staff, and parents; designs and facilitates outreach educational activities. This position is additionally responsible for administrative support for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department.


  • Provides short-term psychotherapy and supportive personal counseling to students.
  • Adheres to applicable State and Federal laws regarding confidentiality and professional ethical guidelines.  Educates College personnel on these guidelines when necessary.
  • Makes referrals to on and off-campus professionals, and, when necessary, coordinates care with psychiatric providers.
  • Provides consultation to students, faculty, staff, and parents regarding mental health issues and the well-being of students.
  • Provides proper management and confidentiality of CAPS records according to legal and professional standards of confidentiality.  Documents, organizes, and manages client records in accordance with professional standards and state and federal laws. 
  • Compiles data collection for reports and provides all required periodic reports.
  • Prepares annual budget and supporting documents.
  • Coordinates and participates in administration operations to include new student and parent orientations, committee work, wellness activities and other projects.
  • Coordinates and provides communications with various constituents (faculty, staff, parents, off-campus professionals, etc.).
  • Monitors and/or participates in crisis interventions and follow-ups.
  • Offers outreach education to students on topics that are relevant to their emotional and social well-being.  Coordinates and arranges outreach activities, including promotion of programs offered.
  • Conducts training programs for Residence Life, such as., Residential Advisors (RA's), Residential Directors (RD's), as well as to staff and faculty, in order to educate the campus on mental health and developmental issues.
  • Serves on Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) and other College committees, as appropriate and approved by the Director.
  • Assists with reviewing necessary documents for re-entry of students who are returning from drug suspension and/or medical leave.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge and practice of Federal and State laws and professional codes of conduct.
  • Understanding of tele-mental health standards.  Experience using a telehealth platform.
  • Experience with crisis intervention and the ability to conduct risk assessments and manage potentially high risk client.
  • Strong computer experience, which must include abilities to work effectively with MS Office suite products, i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive mental health issues with confidentiality and discretion.
  • Must have a proven consistent track record showing the ability to work independently or in a team environment with all levels within an organization.
  • Must display a high level of energy and self-motivation.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills required. Must have demonstrated ability in organizational, time management problem solving and interpersonal skills.



  • Must be available to work nights and/or weekends as required due to business needs.
  • Required to be on a rotating on-call schedule.
  • Regular work requires a great deal of sitting and standing for extended periods.
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  • Masters degree or higher in social work or psychology.


  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy for mental health concerns, including some experience with college-age population.
  • Awareness, insight, and creativity to support needs of a diverse student population.  Training and experience in delivering compassionate, thoughtful, and culturally competent interventions.

Licenses / Certifications:

  • Licensed in California as a Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or a Psychologist.


  • Alcohol and substance abuse expertise.
  • Experience and understanding of college counseling and setting.
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Experience as a mental health counselor in a college counseling center.
  • Knowledge of American Psychological Association (APA) or National Association of Social Workers (NASW) multicultural guidelines that govern clinical practice.
  • Training and experience conducting tele-mental health services.

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $75,000 to $85,000.  Hiring offers will be determined based on the final candidate‚Äôs qualifications and experience.  The recruiter can share more information about what the anticipated hiring salary would be based upon your specific qualifications during the selection process. 

The CIA offers a substantial benefits package that includes medical coverage available at no cost to qualifying employees, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, retirement savings plan with high employer contributions, a generous paid time off program, and more!

As the benefits package at the CIA results in a significant value above the base hiring salary for this position, we encourage you to apply so that our recruiters can share more information with you about the benefits of working for the CIA.