Staff Psychologist/Temporary Faculty Counselor

Sonoma State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Last Posted:

Thu, Apr 20th, '17


May 19, 2017

Start Date:

August 21, 2017

Last Updated:

Thu, Apr 20th, '17

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  • Full Time

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the University’s student counseling center. CAPS is a department within the Student Affairs unit of Academic Affairs. CAPS offers confidential counseling to students experiencing personal problems that interfere with their academic progress, career or well-being.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the selected candidate is expected to provide a broad range of clinical and outreach services to SSU students including the following: diagnostic assessment and evaluation; brief, evidence-based individual, couples, and group psychotherapy; case management; crisis and emergency intervention, referrals to outside providers, workshops, presentations and other outreach activities. The staff psychologist also provides consultative psychological services to members of the Sonoma State community, including faculty, staff, deans, administrators, and parents. This position is a temporary appointment beginning August 2017 and ending June 2018, with possibility for reappointment.


Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Located in the Sonoma County wine country, 48 miles north of San Francisco, the University has an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students. As of spring 2013, the University had 497 faculty with 47% tenure-track. The University is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended and International Education, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology. Degrees are offered in 45 majors at the bachelor's level and 16 at the master's level. Sonoma State University occupies 274 acres in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, in Northern California. Located at the foot of the Sonoma hills, the campus is just an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Pacific Ocean.

  • Possession of a Psy.D, Ph.D., or Ed. D in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Licensed (or license eligible within 3 months of hire) as a psychologist in the State of California.
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in a mental health setting with at least one year in a student counseling or student mental health setting
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and intervene with severely disturbed students.
  • Experience and comfort working with “high risk” mental health issues.
  • Skill and ability to identify and articulate a treatment plan within a short-term therapy model.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • Strong generalist clinical skills and expertise working with serious mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated competence in providing short-term counseling and crisis intervention to adolescent and young adult populations.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in counseling with a variety of racial/ethnic/cultural groups and diversities including multi-racial identity, gender, LGBTQI, disabilities, and religion.
  • Ability to make prognostic indications for short-term therapeutic work with students and understand when and how to refer to other treatment facilities.
  • Passion and experience providing campus outreach, programs, workshops, and trainings.
  • Availability for occasional evenings and/or weekends for outreach events and for after-hours coverage rotation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to conduct effective oral presentations, facilitate the open exchange of ideas, and write professional, clear, concise clinical notes, documents, and reports.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and ethics pertaining to the practice of psychology.
  • Competent use of DSM
  • Knowledge of developmental issues in university populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a stressful environment
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of the CAPS team
  • Doctorate obtained from an APA-accredited doctoral program.
  • Completion of an accredited pre-doctoral internship (CAPIC, APPIC, APA).
  • Knowledge and experience with Titanium (electronic scheduling and record-keeping system).
  • Demonstrated clinical competency and interest in working with trauma, eating disorders, or specific multicultural group(s).
  • Experience developing and conducting workshops and groups on a variety of mental health topics and prevention programs within a college setting.
  • More than two years clinical experience in a college counseling center.
  • Experience in supervision and training of graduate level students and interns.
  • Bilingual/multilingual Spanish speaking.

The salary is TBD, plus excellent health and retirement benefits.


Do not send materials to To apply for this position, go to and select Job Opportunities. If you are not currently employed at Sonoma State University, select the External Applicants box. You will be redirected to a list of all available jobs at Sonoma State University. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not applied for a job at Sonoma State University previously you will be asked to Register Now in order to proceed. After submitting the application letter and curriculum vitae, please proceed to My Career Tools to attach the additional required documents. Once you have submitted all materials, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email

Please submit:


  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information, including email, for three professional references (none will be contacted without your permission); and/or letters of reference

Official transcripts are required at the time of hire.

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Sonoma State University does not facilitate the process of applying for an H1B Visa for temporary positions.

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

Dr. Laura Williams, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services


Questions concerning the application process may be directed to: