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Apply now Job no: 492497
Work Type: Staff reduced full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Staff, Health Services

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Counselor
Posting Location Abilene Christian University - Abilene Campus
Department Counseling Center
Employee Class Exempt/Reduced Full-time
Basic Responsibilities A. Interview potential clients, evaluate psychological needs, plan and conduct individual and family treatment. Refer clients for medication and in-patient services as needed.
B. Provide confidential records of treatment sessions. Request and transfer treatment information from and to other health care professionals as required.
C. Be available for client emergencies and interventions outside of regular office hours.
D. Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator
E. Participate with other Student Life and Medical personnel in identifying, developing, and presenting programs that promote the health, safety, and psychological welfare of university students, staff, and faculty.
F. Assist in keeping the Medical and Counseling Care Center current with best practices, and present information on our services to students, university personnel, and their families.
Essential Duties

A. Interview Potential Clients
1. Review client in-take information and conduct initial counseling sessions and/or testing.
2. Review information to assess treatment needs.
3. Conduct counseling and/or testing sessions.

B. Provide confidential records of treatment sessions. Request and transfer treatment information from and to other health care professionals as required.
1. Keep detailed notes in a timely fashion regarding sessions with clients.
2. Monitor client progress and plan continuing treatment, alternative interventions, or placements.
3. Refer clients to psychiatrist or physician for psychotropic medication as deemed necessary.
4. Consult with supervisor weekly regarding client treatment.

C. Be available for client emergencies and interventions outside of regular office hours.
1. Return clients after hours phone calls and emails, as soon as appropriately possible.
2. Personally intervene with students in psychological crises to in-patient treatment when assessed as necessary.

D. Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator
1. Develop and update protocols for responding to sexual assault survivors at the MACCC.
2. Partner with the Title IX Office to provide sexual assault prevention training.
3. Provide training to MACCC staff on sexual assault response.
4. Maintain knowledge of best practices in the area of sexual assault prevention.

E. Participate with other Student Life and Medical personnel in identifying, developing, and presenting programs that promote the health, safety, and psychological welfare of university students, staff, and faculty.
1. Meet with and give input to Student Life personnel.
2. Constantly monitor and respond to input from university personnel.

F. Assist in keeping the MACCC current with best practices, and present information on our services to students, university personnel, and their families.
1. Obtain and evaluate information on programs from other university counseling services.
2. Be available to present to different university departments as needed
3. Assist as needed during student orientations

Professional Development Requirements

A. Skills
1. Adept counseling and problem solving skills.
2. Interpersonal and communication skills.
3. Ability to conduct and support groups.
4. Knowledge and experience in psychological assessment and evaluation.

B. Training Modules Required
1. Attend psychological seminars, conferences and workshops.
2. Update knowledge base through reading professional journals, texts and books in specialty areas.
3. Attend onsite in-service training at staff meetings.

Qualifications

A. Professional
1. Minimum of a Master’s degree in psychology, marriage and family therapy or other mental health related degrees.
2. Experience in counseling individuals and/or couples and families.
3. Licensed as a mental health counselor (LPC, LMFT, LCSW) or eligible for Licensure

B. Personal
1. Strong counseling, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.
2. Empathetic attitude.
3. Responsible, emotionally mature, creative, and resourceful.

Physical Demands A. Good physical health and stamina.
B. Ability to tolerate and manage emotional stress.
C. Ability to endure extended periods of sitting and listening.
Additional Information

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.

 

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