Mental Health Counselor

Position Reports to: Vice President of Student Affairs

Specific Responsibilities:
The Mental Health Counselor shall be responsible for performing the following functions and activities:

  • Provide a broad range of counseling and psychological services to Beacon College students including the following: diagnostic assessment and evaluation, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and outreach programming and training
  • Fulfill assigned roles in the Counseling Center’s after-hours and weekend on-call roster, engaging actively in emergency response and crisis management protocols.
  • Uphold the ethical standards of the profession in accordance with the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in contemporary psychotherapeutic modalities and foundational principles.
  • Continuously update personal knowledge of local mental health resources and provide appropriate referrals to support student well-being.
  • Stay abreast of advancements and emerging practices within the counseling and psychological fields.
  • Exhibit expertise in addressing the complex emotional, social, and psychological challenges faced by students with learning disabilities and attention disorders, applying specialized treatment and management techniques.
  • Apply adept observation and behavioral assessment skills to support therapeutic processes.
  • Engage in college-organized after-hours events and activities as mandated.
  • Collaborate with relevant parties to market and enhance the visibility of counseling services.
  • Execute prompt triage assessments and manage the care of students at risk, ensuring timely and effective evaluations.
  • Provide critical risk assessments and manage crisis intervention efforts with precision and care.
  • Partner with colleagues to ensure seamless continuity of care for students with acute and ongoing emotional and psychological needs.
  • Consult with authorized family members, treatment professionals, and academic staff to ensure a holistic approach to student health.
  • Facilitate the coordination of psychiatric hospitalizations and assist with the reintegration of students returning to campus life.
  • Cultivate partnerships with external mental health professionals and organizations that support socio-emotional wellness.
  • Lead and contribute to preventative and educational outreach programs to foster a supportive campus environment.
  • Conduct training sessions for faculty and staff to enhance campus-wide mental health literacy.
  • Maintain thorough and prompt documentation in the electronic record-keeping system.

Additional Duties:

  • Acquire and maintain a thorough understanding of college regulations and ensure compliance with all institutional policies and procedures.
  • Attend and contribute to meetings convened by the President and or the Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Serve actively on various College committees as appointed.
  • Take part in significant college events such as orientations, graduations, open houses, and community outreach efforts, as well as support fundraising initiatives as needed.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as they arise or as delegated by the college administration.

Education and Experience Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications for the Mental Health Counselor Position:

  • A master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Valid state licensure or registration as a professional counselor, clinical social worker, or clinical psychologist.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in mental health counseling.
  • Familiarity and experience with issues pertaining to learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Strong crisis management skills and experience with emergency response procedures.
  • Proficient in the use of electronic health records and data management systems.
  • Commitment to continuing education and professional development in counseling practices and ethics.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to collaborate effectively with students, parents, faculty, and staff.
  • Availability to participate in evening and weekend on-call duties and respond to emergencies as needed. Must live within 40 minutes of campus.
  • Candidates who have experience with diverse populations, demonstrate a commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, and possess an understanding of multicultural counseling principles are strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work as part of a highly cohesive and interdisciplinary team.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a systematic approach to managing tasks and priorities
  • Strong ability to remain composed and maintain a clear focus during high-stress situations.
  • Experience in maintaining confidentiality and highly sensitive information.
  • Knowledge of and ability to follow college and counseling services policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community members.
Job Category: Staff

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