Staff Counselor

California College of the Arts

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Under the supervision of the Staff Psychologist, the Staff Counselor is responsible for providing brief therapy to a culturally diverse student population, crisis intervention, and consultation and referral to the student community. Additionally they will provide mental health outreach and participate in educational activities provided to CCA students, and the CCA community.

The counseling department strives to provide a high quality of care to CCA students and the CCA campus community by adhering to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) ethical standards of care.


Counseling/Clinical - 58% (19-22 hours)

  • Plan, develop, and implement mental health counseling services for a diverse and socially active student population; both undergraduate and graduate.

  • Evaluating and developing comprehensive treatment plans for individuals including assessment, diagnosis, coordinating treatment with other professionals, and providing community referrals when indicated.

  • Provide short term individual psychotherapy up to 18-19 hours a week. Provide urgent/risk assessment hours for students in crisis up to 1- 2x hours a week.

  • Provide up to 1-2 hours of Clinical Supervision to Counseling Interns.

  • Has knowledge of and strives to adhere to the APA’s 5 ethical principles in providing mental health care services.

  • Continuous commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and to practice a clinical approach of multicultural awareness, humility, and self-education in working with students from all economic classes, first generation students, LGBTQIA+ students, international students, and nuances in exploring white identities.

  • Maintain strict adherence to FERPA and HIPAA guidelines and confidentiality practices.

Administration - 12% (4-5 hours)

  • Produce timely, empirically supported, and confidential record keeping.

  • Assist in the appropriate maintenance of records, preparation of reports, compliance with legal/ethical requirements, and other program administrative functions.

  • Appropriately, accurately, and efficiently complete and maintain mental health records.

  • Utilize an electronic health record for documentation and computer-based systems for administrative functions.

  • familiarity in utilizing Google suite tools, and Zoom to ensure reliable client care, and in being able to effectively coordinate clinical consultation with counseling team.

Referrals - 4% (1.5 hours)

  • Coordinate care and referrals for students when appropriate.

  • Cultivate and manage contacts to off-campus providers that students can be referred to for consultations, assessments, evaluations, medication evaluation, and treatment recommendations.

  • Maintain agreement with in-house referral list.

Workshops/Outreach - 13% (5.25 hours)

  • Supports in developing coordinating and providing mental health outreach and psycho-educational workshops for students on a variety of subjects and areas of expertise.

  • Researches and consults with counseling team and other departments on campus to develop relevant topics to present to CCA populations

  • Explores and researches ways to effectively bring student mental health groups to the community

  • Initiates and maintains professional liaison relationships with faculty and staff to enhance outreach efforts to the traditionally under-served students on campus.

  • Has experience with Google suite, CANVA, and Voicethread to develop slide decks and other workshop and outreach materials

  • Works to stay informed about the current generation’s concerns and interests related to overall themes of the current generation’s lived experiences

  • Assist in cultivating curiosity, awareness, and discussions around diversity and inclusion efforts in counseling center and in the wider campus community related to mental health and wellness in a cultural context

  • Participate as a team member in the wider Division of Student Affairs events as schedule allows.

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  • Applicant must possess at least a Masters degree in Counseling, Psychology or a specific, related field. A license issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences and/or The California Board of Psychology is required. If the licensure is out of state, must comply with regulations for obtaining licensure in order to practice in California. If an unlicensed applicant is an exceptional fit for needs and environment of counseling program and is active in pursuing licensure in California (licensed within 1-2 months maximum) applications may be considered with temporary supervision to be provided by Senior Staff Psychologist until applicant is licensed.

  • 1-3 years post education clinical experience with young adults, and high level of competency with a wide range of clinical issues preferred.

  • Knowledge of the college environment and of the special issues and needs of students of the arts and a personal background or interest in the arts is preferred.

  • Must be well-versed in the theory and practice of contemporary relationally oriented psychotherapy, and be open to continuing to develop professionally in tune with the changing needs of CCA students. Experience in brief psychodynamic therapy is preferred.

  • Current knowledge of social justice and liberatory oriented clinical practices and experience working with a diverse population as well as the ability to integrate knowledge of inclusion, oppression, privilege, and power into one’s professional practice is required.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

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Posted on February 17