This announcement for a full-time, 11-month, staff therapist - racial trauma specialist who has experience working with young adult populations. The primary purpose of this position is to enhance success for students of color by providing clinical and outreach/educational services to help students address the mental health and developmental challenges they face in their personal and academic lives. The therapist provides direct counseling to undergraduate students, including intake, crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy. As appropriate, the therapist refers students to other campus departments and community health providers for needed services not provided by Emmons Wellness Center. The therapist reports to the Director of Counseling.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND GOALS Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide direct counseling to undergraduate students through assessment, crisis intervention, individual, and group therapy sessions, with an emphasis on working with individuals who have experienced racial-based trauma
Demonstrate skills in providing trauma-informed clinical care.
Experience in the treatment of race-based traumatic stress (RBTS).
Provide outreach to students and student groups, with an emphasis on engaging marginalized communities and communities that typically under-utilize mental health care, in particular Black men and non-binary students.
Consult and collaborate with Emmons Counseling team on issues related to student mental health.
Collaborate with medical services to ensure a holistic approach to meeting the mental and physical health needs of students.
Participate in an after-hours, on-call rotation that supports non-clinical campus responders to student mental health crises.
Provide training and resources to students, staff, and faculty on issues related to the mental health needs of students of color.
Attend Emmons, divisional and college-wide meetings.
Attend committee meetings as assigned.
Time devoted to each activity dependent on clinic needs and time of year (semester)
The successful candidate has a comprehensive understanding of the lived experiences of gender non-binary and BIPOC young adults or students, particularly in predominantly white institutions. Understanding the impact of homophobia, transphobia, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, racial stress, racial trauma, and systems of oppression will be critical to success in this position.
Licensed in California within 6 months of start date
A minimum of five years of direct clinical work in a mental health capacity in a public/private non-profit agency
A minimum of five years of direct clinical work in a mental health capacity in a college/university counseling center is highly preferred
Licensed as a psychologist, LPCC, LCSW, or LMFT in California strongly preferred
Strong demonstrated skills in diagnosis, evaluation, crisis intervention, and brief therapy in a fast-paced environment
Demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion
Demonstrated ability to develop groups and programs and do effective outreach
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Strong understanding of the mental health and developmental needs of traditional-aged undergraduate college students
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to cultural, racial, religious, gender and sexual identities)
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate as part of a team
Candidates from marginalized groups or groups historically underrepresented in higher education are highly encouraged to apply
Internal Number: 21-040
About Occidental College
A career at Occidental is intellectually stimulating and wholly fulfilling—so long as you don’t mind our stunning campus, thoughtful and engaged student body, and exceptional faculty and staff.Nestled in Eagle Rock, between downtown Los Angeles and historic Pasadena, we get the best of both worlds: small-town charm and L.A.’s rich cultural life.Ours is a collegial and intimate academic work environment. Students, faculty, and staff make up a diverse, close-knit community of peers. We offer a generous benefits package and all the perks that Southern California and a small liberal arts school have to offer.