Athletics Mental Health Counselor

Davidson College,

Athletics Sports Performance
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Last Posted:

Fri, Jun 14th, '24


Until filled

Start Date:

July/August 2024

Last Updated:

Fri, Jun 14th, '24

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  • Full Time

The Staff Counselor - Athletics Mental Health Specialist provides specialized counseling services to Davidson College student-athletes. This role involves delivering counseling and crisis services, conducting relevant training, and offering consultation and educational outreach to student-athletes, coaches, and athletics department staff. The counselor will collaborate with various stakeholders, including parents, physicians, faculty, deans, and on/off-campus counseling services, to ensure comprehensive care and support for student-athletes personal, academic, and athletic success. The counselor will also be instrumental in developing and implementing counseling service policies and procedures tailored to the needs of scholar-athletes.

Key Responsibilities:

Counseling Duties:

  • Provide individual and group counseling focusing on personal, social, career, and academic development.
  •  Conduct crisis intervention services, including screening, consultation, and safety assessments.
  • Offer limited follow-up counseling services as necessary and make appropriate referrals.
  • Evaluate student-athletes in individual and group settings.
  • Manage crisis situations, triage cases and provide walk-in emergency services.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential clinical records.
  • Implement mental skills training programs (e.g., goal setting, visualization, concentration, anxiety management) to enhance athletic performance.
  • Use technology and social media to foster an effective and effect overall experience for scholar-athletes and department team members.
  • Collaborate with parents, department personnel, physicians, faculty, deans, residence life staff, and other relevant parties to provide quality care.
  • Work closely with the Davidson College Sports Medicine Staff, including athletic trainers, physicians, and the Center for Student Health & Well-Being.
  • Participate in clinical care team meetings and other staff meetings as requested.

Outreach Duties:

  • Plan, conduct, and evaluate outreach programs to facilitate student development.
  • Develop and deliver workshops and seminars on mental health topics relevant to student-athletes, such as stress management, resilience, and coping strategies.
  • Conduct workshops and team-building exercises focused on performance psychology.
  • Provide training for coaches and athletic staff on recognizing and addressing mental health issues.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development.
  • Supervise mental health treatment, prevention, and education programs.

Other Duties:

  • Adhere to all written policies, procedures, and guidelines of Davidson College, the Department of Athletics, the NCAA, and all applicable conferences or associations.
  • Collaborate with coaches, athletic trainers, academic advisors, and other staff to support student-athletes holistic development.
  • Serve as a consultant to coaching staff on team dynamics, communication, and leadership issues.
  • Work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, holidays, and travel as required.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Division I Liberal Arts Institution, which is immersed in the vibrant metro Charlotte region, Davidson College is a campus where century-old trees and brick buildings blend with a culture of innovation and an array of state-of-the-art facilities.   
Minimum Education/Experience:
  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work, sports psychology, marriage and family therapy, or a terminal degree in another appropriate human services field.
  • Licensed in the State of North Carolina in a relevant field or licensed in another state and eligible for North Carolina licensure.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience working with athletes in a clinical or athletic setting.
  • Experience providing mental health services, crisis intervention, and performance enhancement strategies.
  • At least two years of counseling experience.
  • Experience in counseling, crisis services, and quality outreach programming.
  • Ability to counsel a diverse student population and adapt to various backgrounds and cultures.

Preferred Education/Experience:
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Counseling Education, or Social Work with specialized training in sports psychology.
  • Strong understanding of the unique pressures and challenges faced by collegiate athletes.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in assessment and therapeutic intervention techniques.
  • Knowledge of NCAA regulations and compliance issues related to mental health services.
  • Experience in short-term counseling and interest in working with diverse and/or underrepresented college student populations.
  •  Expertise in outreach programming and consultation skills.
  • Knowledge of current research in sports psychology, counseling, and college student development.
  •  Experience working with a student-athlete population in a Division I athletics department.
  • Interest/experience in treating eating disorders and providing alcohol and other drug assessments and counseling.
  • Experience working in a college counseling center setting.
  •  Knowledge and experience in managing professional boundaries and ethics.


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