Job no: 502171 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 890116 - Athletics - Sport Psychology Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS Categories: Professional Position Open Date: Mar 15 2021
Manage day-to-day operations that support strategic planning and departmental engagement efforts. Oversees counseling and sport psychology staff service provision and professional development. Oversees training and mentorship programs with the assistance of counseling and sport psychology staff as part of the dotted line relationship with campus partner - Student Counseling Services. Provision of general mental health and performance enhancement, mental skills services (evaluation, treatment, and education) to student athletes. Coordinate and provide consultation and relevant training to coaches, athletic trainers, and other athletic department staff. Additionally, the position is responsible for implementation of philosophies, policies, and procedures of counseling and sport psychology service operations for student-athletes.
This is a full-time position with the Department of Athletics. The position will report to the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Performance, with a dotted line reporting to the Director of Student Counseling Services and take close direction from the team physicians.
1. Maintain clinical and sport-performance caseload comprised of student-athletes for both individual and group service provision. 2. Provide clinical services for student-athletes, including evaluation, treatment planning, progress monitoring, re-evaluation, and possible referral. 3. Serve as lead point of contact for emergency mental health crises, coordinate referrals for higher level of care, and serve as member of multi-disciplinary team to support campus and sport reintegration efforts when appropriate. 4. Provide daytime, evening, and weekend crisis intervention and emergency services in situations involving individual student-athletes or teams with support from Student Counseling Services as needed. 5. Provide consulting and outreach services to coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and other administrative personnel regarding the psychological well-being of individual student-athletes and team members. 6. Engage in counseling-related activities including, but not limited to, maintaining counseling records, administering and interpreting psychological tests/inventories, referrals, and managing various organizational and administrative aspects of counseling cases. 7. Coordinate service delivery for special cases to include substance use, disordered eating, and severe-persistent mental illness education and treatment. 8. Serve as primary point of contact for all sport teams and facilitate team workshops based on empirically supported sport psychology principles. 9. Assist the academic support staff, as requested, with LD/ADHD assessments and serve as lead for coordinating medication management referrals when appropriate. 10. Effectively lead the conceptualization and design of ongoing, systematic, high-quality strategies to evaluate and assess learning, programs, services, and personnel. 11. Effectively use assessment and evaluation results in determining the department's accomplishment of its missions/goals and re-allocation of resources. Facilitate the prioritization of decisions and resources to implement those decisions that are informed by program evaluations. 12. Lead the strategic use and prioritization of budgetary and personnel resources to support high-quality program 13. Provide staff training and clinical supervision as lead practitioner of the department of Counseling and Sport Psychology. 14. Identify psychological education outreach needs and offer relevant programming. 15. Understand and comply with state statutes governing the ethical provision of psychological care, as well as those rules governing the NCAA and SEC. 16. Participate in Student Counseling Services weekly case management and staff meetings. 17. Manage, create, and distribute creative content for the department's social and digital media platforms related to mental health, wellness, and sport-performance. 18. Represent the Department of Counseling and Sport Psychology during invited speaker events, media inquiries, and other appearances on behalf of MSU Athletics. 19. Work closely with the SEC clinical mental health partners, conference headquarters representatives, and cross-conference peer institutional partners to provide evidence-based, best practices as a member of the larger clinical and sport-performance community. 20. Participate in and oversee relevant special projects and meetings. 21. Actively support the ethical development of other professionals by developing and supporting an ethical organizational culture within the workplace. 22. Provide presentations for student-athletes, coaches, and Athletic Department staff members as requested by the director or aforementioned groups. 23. Provide supervision to interns, post-doctoral externs, and individuals seeking CMPC(r) certification, if applicable. 24. Provide consulting and outreach services to colleagues and other professionals at the local, regional, and national level in the field of clinical and sport psychology. 25. Coordinate and maintain good standing with licensure and accreditation organizations. 26. Develop and maintain good standing with businesses, community groups, and organizations at the local, state, and national levels to further relationships and enhance programs for students, staff, and faculty. 27. Develop and execute institutional policies and procedures. 28. Attend and participate in interdisciplinary conferences. 29. Participate in continuing education and professional association activities related to performance of job functions and the maintenance of skills. 30. Perform special functions for the department as requested by the Director of Athletics.
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology, Counseling or Social Work, with 2-4 years of Division I or professional athletics; expertise in one or more of the following areas is required: experience with stress management, substance abuse and alcohol education, eating disorders, crisis management, depression, anxiety, grief, identity crisis, and other psychological issues related to injury and rehabilitation in competitive athletes.
* PhD or PsyD in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Sport Psychology * Advanced training in Sport Psychology, such as certification as a mental performance consultant as outlined by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology * 2-3+ years' post-doctoral experience providing mental health services to athletes or serving as a primary mental health provider/consultant to a sport organization. * 3-4+ years' post-master's experience providing mental health services to athletes or serving as a primary mental health provider/consultant to a sport organization. * Experience providing evidence-based sport performance consultation to athletic teams.
Certification or Licensure Requirements: * Licensed as a psychologist or license-eligible in the State of Mississippi within six months of employment, or * Licensed in the State of Mississippi as a counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist within six months to one year of employment. * Licensure must be maintained as a condition of employment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of psychotherapy and clinical/counseling psychology. 2. Knowledge of sport psychology and performance enhancement. 3. Knowledge of rules governing the NCAA and SEC. 4. Ensures all assigned tasks are in compliance with University, SEC, and NCAA rules. 5. Knowledge of academic and psychological testing standards and principles. 6. Personal qualities and skills that enable effective interaction with the sport medicine staff, athletic department, colleagues, administrators, faculty, and student-athletes. 7. Commitment to diversity and demonstrated competency in multicultural counseling skills. 8. Knowledge of and adherence to professional, legal, ethical, and professional standards endorsed by licensing professional organization. 9. Ability to conceptualize, diagnose problems, and implement appropriate treatment solutions. 10. Ability to make accurate judgments concerning the physical, emotional, and educational welfare of student-athletes. 11. Ability to educate and present to the athletic department community a wide variety of psychological topics. 12. Ability to present and represent Mississippi State University at local, national, and international conferences. 13. Knowledge of community-based mental health resources. 14. Strong work ethic. 15. Ability to work evenings and weekend hours. 16. Ability to travel.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Frequent - externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; irregular hours may be anticipated; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands Job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds Vision requirements: ability to see information in print and/or electronically. Hearing requirements: Heavy telephone contact requires ability to hear and respond to telephone conversations.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Internal Number: 502171
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