Mental Health Counselor

Penn State New Kensington,

Student Affairs
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Wed, May 29th, '24


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Mental Health Counselor

Penn State New Kensington is seeking a Mental Health Counselor to join our Student Affairs team.

Responsibilities include providing triage services and intake evaluations of students, short-term individual and group therapy, and crisis evaluation and intervention. This position also requires maintaining clinical records, providing referrals to on and off-campus services, and a strong commitment to a welcoming and inclusive campus. The counselor will assist with our student advocacy CARE team and collaborate with the University Park Care, Concern, and Advocacy Office. In addition, this position will require collaboration with the Western Regional Disability Services Specialist to assist students who are inquiring about/requesting disability accommodations.

Health and Wellness in higher education emphasizes the creation of supportive environments for students. This involves programs that optimize student learning and engagement in healthy living, the development of strong community values, and positive lifestyle choices. Health promotion interventions enhance student awareness, strengthen their ability to understand and respond to health challenges, support their efforts to adopt healthier behaviors, and create environments that keep students well and may help them flourish. Counselor involvement in health promotion interventions is critical.

Key Functions:

This position requires a minimum of a Master's degree or higher in Counseling, Social Work, or related discipline or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates must be licensed or license eligible in professional counseling, social work, or equivalent.

Preference will be given to candidates with interest and experience in college counseling and/or expertise in working with diverse populations (Eg: various race, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; LGBTQI+ individuals; varying socioeconomic backgrounds; physical and cognitive abilities/disabilities, etc). This is a 10-month, appointment-funded position with an excellent possibility of re-funding.

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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