Senior Psychologist/Assistant Director, Training

Rhode Island School of Design,

Counseling & Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Thu, Sep 7th, '17


October 1, 2017

Start Date:

As soon as available once offer is made.

Last Updated:

Thu, Sep 7th, '17

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  • Full Time


Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to address the unique needs of art and design students with the goal of improving their emotional, interpersonal, and academic functioning. CAPS offers clinical services such as initial assessment, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and case disposition along with training, outreach, and consultation to the RISD community.
CAPS is seeking a Senior Psychologist/Assistant Director, Training with a passion for and commitment to social justice to respond to the mental health needs of RISD students; assist the CAPS Director in providing leadership of the administrative, clinical, consultative, and outreach functions of CAPS; and provide leadership and supervision of the clinical training program. In consultation with the Director, the successful incumbent will provide clinical oversight and consultation on sensitive, challenging, and highly acute clinical cases and provide a full range of culturally informed clinical and training services to support the psychological health of a culturally diverse and creative student body at RISD; deliver consultation and training to faculty and staff in the RISDcommunity; oversee the graduate training program; and serve as the Administrator-in-Charge when the Director is absent or unavailable. We are seeking an experienced, flexible, creative leader who will be calm under pressure in our well-utilized, fast paced counseling service.

It’s important that the Senior Psychologist/Assistant Director, Training has experience with cultural concerns, identity development, and acute mental health issues relevant to college students.


Known as the leading college of art and design in the US, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools. Approximately 2,450 students from around the world are enrolled in full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 majors. Students value RISD’s accomplished faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on approach to studio-based learning. Required courses in the liberal arts enrich the studio experience, equipping graduates to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Through their creative thinking and problem solving in a broad range of fields, RISD’s 26,000 alumni exemplify the vital role artists and designers play in fueling global innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit and



Required Qualifications:

A doctorate in counseling, clinical, or psychology from an APA-accredited program is required. Must be licensed as a psychologist in Rhode Island or be able to file for licensure in Rhode Island immediately upon hire.

Six to eight years’ experience working in mental health settings, with at least four years post-licensure experience. At least two years working in college mental health, and a minimum of three years of clinical supervisory experience post-licensure. A record of administrative responsibility including experience with supervision and training, assessment and planning, and crisis management – preferably in a college/university counseling center setting.
• Demonstrated competency providing clinical services for diverse clients, including international populations and clients along the gender and sexual orientation spectra
• Demonstrated experience providing clinical services for the wide range of presenting issues seen in college students, including assessing and managing risk and the treatment of acute concerns (e.g., eating disorders, prodromal symptomatology)
• Experience with people from marginalized groups and the issues they face as they navigate within dominant culture(s) and between cultures
• Appreciation and knowledge of intersecting identities, the process of identity development (intersectional identity development), and how this varies between individuals
• Demonstrated ability to actively engage in clinical practice with students in ongoing counseling (with individuals, couples, groups), in crisis intervention, and in outreach programs
• Ability to manage administrative and clinical duties within a time-limited clinical setting
• Experience in the use of electronic/medical records systems; must be computer literate
• In-depth knowledge of college student development theories and practice
• Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
• Highly effective interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a highly collaborative manner
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Awareness and commitment to a developmental clinical and training model


Preferred Qualifications:

• Familiarity with a variety of cultures (both international and domestic)
• Training or experience with issues such as racial fatigue, code switching, and impostor syndrome
• Clinical experience working with international, immigrant, and / or refugee populations
• Passion for and commitment to social justice
• Experience providing training and supervision in an APA-accredited training program
• Strong outreach and consultation skills
• Experience providing process group therapy
• Fluency in multiple languages