Western Washington University — Psychologist, WWU Counseling Center

About the Position:  The WWU Counseling Center is seeking to fill a permanent, full-time, 11 to 12-month Psychologist position.  Employment is projected to begin August, 2017.

About the Department: The WWU Counseling Center provides students with short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as workshops, outreach programs and consultations to the Western community.  Our counseling staff includes a collaborative team of 10+ FTE of psychologists and licensed mental health counselors, case manager, suicide prevention coordinator and men’s resiliency positions.  We have four doctoral intern positions, and two full-time support staff.   We work closely with the Student Health Center and Health Promotions to provide coordinated services for students.  We seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. As such, we are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively seeking diversity in our employees. WWU’s Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association for Counseling Services, and an APPIC-member site for doctoral interns.

For more information, visit our website:   http://www.wwu.edu/counseling

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Provide intake assessments with triage-based disposition and referral.
  • Provide at least 3 hours per week of scheduled urgent appointments for students in crisis.
  • Provide individual counseling for students within a brief and focused counseling model.
  • Work closely with case manager to assist students in finding off-campus professionals for referral when that referral best meets the students’ needs.
  • Provide clinical supervision for doctoral trainees in an APPIC-member training program.
  • Facilitate (and co-facilitate with trainees) counseling groups, workshops, and psycho-educational outreach.
  • Serve in the regular after-hours on-call counselor rotation.
    • Provide support to ProtoCall, the primary after-hours response service.
    • The counselor will be expected to serve during times the university is in session and take a portion of on-call during breaks. The on-call counselor must be available and able to respond immediately to phone calls and to be on-site within one hour. If a large-scale crisis occurs, the counselor will be expected to be part of a team of responders which could be after-hours, on weekends, or at other times outside the work day.
  • Participate in the weekly staff meeting, medical consultation meeting, peer consultation group, and other departmental and division meetings and events.
  • Provide coordinated services for clients between the Counseling Center, Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS), Consultation and Sexual Assault Support Services (CASAS), the Student Health Center medical staff, disAbility Resources, Residence Life, and various off-campus services.
  • Other duties may include one or more of the following:
    • Work with Counseling, Health, and Wellness programming on suicide/violence prevention, resiliency and mental health promotion.
    • Involvement in the Counseling Center’s participation in the National Center for Collegiate Mental Health consortium and outcome research within the Counseling Center.
    • Serve on internal and external committees.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D./Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Licensed as a psychologist at the time of application (please specify jurisdiction and date psychologist license was granted).
  • Licensed 2 or more years as a psychologist.
  • Eligible for licensure as a psychologist in the State of Washington and gain licensure within 6 months of beginning position.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working in a college or university counseling center (pre-doctoral internship may be included).
  • Ability to provide brief and focused counseling.
  • Demonstrated competency working with multicultural and other diverse populations.
  • Experience providing risk assessment and crisis response.
  • Experience facilitating counseling groups.
  • Experience working as a part of a collaborative, team-based approach to clinical services in a fast-paced work setting.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience supervising doctoral trainees in a college counseling center.
  • Experience providing outreach and consultation.
  • Demonstrated competency in providing bilingual therapy.
  • Experience and skills with Eating Disorders/Body Image Issues, Substance Abuse and/or DBT.
  • Experience and skills in working with Latino/a populations.
  • Experience and skills in working with Asian populations.
  • Experience and skills in providing Trans-affirming services.
  • Experience and skills with use of technology to enhance services.

Academic Emphasis: N/A

Job Location: Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham, a city of over 80,000, is located in the northwest corner of Washington State, 75 miles north of Seattle and 65 miles south of Vancouver, BC.  Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands lie to the west of Bellingham and the North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker to the east.  Bellingham is often highly ranked in “best cities” listings.

Counseling Center’s Website:  http://www.wwu.edu/counseling/

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: Not applicable

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants should submit their application materials via Western’s online application http://www.wwu.edu/hrjobs/

Complete applications require:  (1) a letter of application that must specifically address the listed job qualifications, (2) a current vita, and (3) three letters of reference (2 references must be able to speak in some detail about the applicant’s clinical skills and expertise).

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Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).


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