Oregon Health and Science University — Behavioral Health Therapist – Black and African American Student Focus

Job Title: Behavioral Health Therapist – Black and African American Student Focus
Department: Student Health & Wellness Center 

Work Unit Description:
In an effort to continue to achieve our mission of being a place of diverse people and ideas, the Student Health & Wellness Center (SHW) is expanding our behavioral health team. We seek a skilled counselor, social worker, or psychologist who can provide culturally informed clinical services to OHSU students and postdoctoral fellows across the spectrum of developmental and mental health issues, with a focus on the mental health and well-being of Black and African American students. As with all SHW providers, this position will: 

  • provide generalist mental health counseling services to OHSU students and postdocs; 
  • model cultural humility and a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • identify and educate about resources that promote resilience and support all students; 
  • employ interventions that are culturally aware and evidence based. 

The mission of SHW is to support Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) students and postdoctoral fellows in personal health and well-being during their academic careers at OHSU. We work to provide exceptional and confidential primary and behavioral health care in our integrated clinic, located on the primary OHSU campus on Marquam Hill in Portland, Oregon. The clinic provides behavioral health care, primary care, integrative medicine and wellness programming. 

At SHW, we promote a work culture that is passionate about serving our patients, supports work/life balance for each employee, provides robust professional development opportunities, and encourages collaboration between roles. We believe in providing high-quality care for our patients in an environment that also supports the well-being of each team member and of the health of our team as a whole.

Additionally, we follow OHSU’s commitment to competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, vision, retirement, life and disability insurance, paid-time-off, holiday pay, commuting benefits, employee wellness program, and more). 

Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range: 

  • FTE: Full-time (32-40 hours/week; 0.8 FTE to 1.0 FTE) 
  • Salary: $93,000-$122,000, depending on degree and experience

  • Schedule: Flexible and to be determined in collaboration with Behavioral Health Director. SHW is open Monday-Friday from 8-5pm, with some days opening at 7am and some evenings closing at 7pm. Each provider is asked to work at least one late evening shift (until
    7pm). All providers are encouraged to work a maximum of 4 days per week. SHW is not open on the weekends and providers are not on call. 
  • Location: Marquam Hill Campus in Portland, Oregon, and some work from home 
  • Job Type: Faculty with appointment in the Department of Psychiatry 

Functions/Duties of Position:

The OHSU Student Health & Wellness Center is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. Individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g. underrepresented races, genders, sexual orientations and abilities) as well as those that promote diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply. 

In this position, your primary role at SHW will be to: 

  • Provide culturally affirming and responsive therapy to our diverse student population, including non-white students, LGBTQQAI+, and students of all abilities. This includes diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning, crisis intervention, and counseling using individual, couple and group modalities. SHW emphasizes short-term duration of counseling but does not have formal session limits. 
  • Provide psychotherapy and therapeutic interventions particularly focused on enhancing the mental health and wellness of Black and African American students. 
  • Independently and efficiently manage a large and complex caseload of clients. 
  • Design and implement at least one weekly therapy or support group for students. 
  • Serve as part of a team consisting of multidisciplinary mental health professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, LPC’s and LCSW’s), primary care team members (e.g., physicians, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and medical assistants), wellness professionals, and vital support staff. 
  • Foster strong relationships with student leaders, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, academic leaders in all schools within OHSU, and OHSU student support services to facilitate outreach presentations, trainings, and overall education about psychology and mental health. 
  • Design and deliver outreach programming on topics of interest to students and in collaboration with our wellness program. 
  • Participate in behavioral health team meetings where we support one another, consult about challenging cases, strategize how to improve access while preventing provider burnout, determine criteria for appropriate referrals, and partner with our primary care team to provide continuity of care for shared clients. 

Job Requirements: 

Qualifications that are Required: 

  • Master’s degree (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist) or Doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) 
  • Training and experience in treating diverse patients, including traditionally underserved populations and comprising 
    • initial assessment
    • treatment planning
    • individual and group therapy 
    • crisis intervention 
  • Demonstrated lived experience in Black/African American communities. 
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication and ability to communicate across
  • Extensive and demonstrated experience and strong commitment to cultural humility and cultural awareness. This includes acknowledging and celebrating differences; communicating respectfully regardless of varying beliefs, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds; and standing against discrimination, bigotry and harassment.

Qualifications that are Welcomed: 

  • Experience working in a Student Health or Student Counseling setting
    • Experience in collaborating and coordinating care with inter-professional teams 
    • Training in or exposure to one or more empirically validated treatment, such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and/or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. A foundation in modern psychodynamic theory is welcomed. 
  • Experience and/or ability to lead groups for students that identify with diverse groups. 
  • Willingness to design and deliver talks to an academic audience. 
  • Experience or interest in providing relationship/couples’ therapy. 

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