Clinical Counselor (Academic Year employee)

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), SAN LUIS OBISPO,

Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Mon, Oct 30th, '17



Start Date:

As soon as possible after January 2, 2018 (start date can be as late as September 2018)

Last Updated:

Mon, Oct 30th, '17

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  • Full Time

**Cal Poly is able to sponsor work visas for this position**


Cal Poly Counseling Services is searching for one academic year (i.e., September through June, though salary is paid over 12 months) clinical counselor/staff psychologist to provide individual, couples, and group counseling to student-clients.


Clinical counselors are expected to provide at least 65% (i.e., 26 hours per week average) direct service (individual, couples, group therapy, outreach presentations) to registered Cal Poly students.  This includes crisis intervention and presenting Counseling Services’ 3-week ACT and/or CBT-based groups/workshops.


The position requires considerable crisis intervention and work with serious presenting concerns as well as the ability to conceptualize cases and provide diagnoses within sociocultural context.


Depending on experience and licensure level, participation on departmental committees may be expected.


Cal Poly, SLO currently has over 21,000 students, over 7,000 of whom live on campus.

The university is set on 1,321 acres with views of nearby mountains and valleys.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is one of the most highly ranked universities in the Pacific West, with several academic programs in the top in the nation (e.g., Architecture; Engineering).

Cal Poly is highly competitive and known for its “learn by doing” philosophy, in which all students complete a senior project and internship before graduating.

Each student is required to choose a major before their first day.


See for additional information about campus

Region Description:

Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, a town of fewer than 45,000 people on the California coast, 3 hours north of Los Angeles and 3 hours south of San Jose. Recently dubbed the “happiest place in America,” San Luis Obispo is close to the ocean, mountains and sand dunes. It has a Mediterranean climate of close to 70 degrees throughout the entire year.  See for additional information.


EITHER Possession of a Master’s degree in a clinical field with eligibility for licensure in the State of California as LPCC, LCSW or LMFT with a minimum of two years clinical experience post licensure (in California or another state)




Possession of a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with eligibility for licensure in the State of California as a psychologist (i.e., has completed all supervised professional experience (i.e., pre- and post-doc hours) by the start date)



All clinical counselors must be licensed in California within two years of their initial appointment.


  • ·         Demonstrated generalist clinical skills, including individual and group psychotherapy modalities
  • ·         Demonstrated experience working with an emergent adult population.
  • ·         Demonstrated experience working in a clinical setting with high volume.
  • ·         Demonstrated experiencing providing a DSM 5 diagnosis when relevant, including with personality disorders.
  • ·         Demonstrated experience working within a brief psychotherapy model.
  • ·         Demonstrated experience with crisis assessment and intervention.
  • ·         Demonstrated competence with diversity and intersectionality; demonstrated expertise in addressing the needs of underserved groups.
  • ·         Ability to collaborate and work as member of a team, including ability to respond to unexpected campus emergencies or crises.
  • ·         Ability to actively contribute to a positive working environment by exhibiting solution-focused, positive, cooperative and flexible behavior.
  • ·         Ability to speak publicly; ability to represent Counseling Services (as part of Student Affairs) to the campus community.
  • ·         Ability to independently organize, manage and prioritize tasks, including clinical caseload.
  • ·         Good written, language and conceptual skills in English.

·   For Master’s level clinicians:

Degree from a BBS-approved graduate program


·   For Doctoral level clinicians:

Degree from an APA-accredited doctoral program and completion of an APA-accredited or APPIC-member internship


  • ·         Graduation from APA-accredited/BBS-approved graduate training program.
  • ·         Current California psychologist, LPCC, LCSW, or LMFT license that is free of disciplinary action (required for consideration for SSP-AR II rank)
  • ·         Training and experience in college counseling center.
  • ·         Experience working with electronic system for scheduling and case notes.
  • ·         Experience working with underserved students.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and licensure status    

Other benefits include:  paid sick and vacation time; full health, dental and vision benefits; professional development funds of $1000 per year; pension retirement benefits


Applications must be completed on the website under “Faculty Positions,” Requisition Number: 104614



1. Cover letter illustrating how you meet the requirements of the position, particularly regarding crisis and diagnostic experience

2. CV with contact information for at least three professional references (one must be your current/most recent supervisor)

3. Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be required for those who are hired)

4. Copy of license (as applicable)


Note: All candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check in order to be hired.