Tritons Crisis Response Team Beh. Health Counselor
University of California San Diego
Location: La Jolla, California
Internal Number: 117520
This posting will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/20/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/1/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
The mission of the Student Health & Well-Being (SHW) cluster is to promote a culture of health and well-being for the student community, deliver equitable high quality innovative services, incorporate inclusive approaches, and celebrate diversity, with the goal of adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors contributing to the academic success and personal development of all students.
The Tritons Crisis Response Team (TCRT) Behavioral Health Counselor will support UC San Diego Chancellor's commitment to re-envisioning campus safety and policing towards a welcoming service-oriented, and community-centric university campus. The incumbent will promote a campus culture emphasizing fair, collaborative, and trusting community relationships, and respectful and humane methods to campus safety. Incumbent must be a skilled mental health professional who is multiculturally responsive, trauma informed, and possesses specific training, skills and demonstrated experience in providing behavioral health services. The incumbent will work side by side with the TCRT Manager to achieve organizational objectives. The health professionals will be embedded within the UC San Diego Police Department, prioritizing the well-being of the entire campus community. This incumbent will respond to crisis situations and deliver onsite, immediate and personalized mental health interventions within a framework of inclusion excellence, social justice, and the aspiration to eliminate health care disparities.
Incumbent must be experienced in reducing barriers to mental health care in a multicultural university environment, to provide critical behavioral health services to a diverse campus community.
Under the general supervision of the CAPS Director or designee, the incumbent performs specialized mental health care to support the campus community, and students in particular, to enhance their educational experience and reduce the impact of mental conditions and personal distress on their well-being through appropriate assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and referrals to campus and community resources. The incumbent will develop interventions, treatment plans, bridge care, monitor progress, and assure effective coordination of care between providers at CAPS, other campus resources, and mental health providers in the surrounding community. The services provided will include triage, crisis intervention and focused, brief psychotherapy, as well as coordination of care and specialized case management for high-risk students discharged from the hospital. Treatment plans may result in off-campus referrals to intensive outpatient and inpatient programs and specialized and/or long term psychotherapy.
The TCRT will serve as first responders in wellness checks, behavioral health crisis triage, and mental health emergencies within the campus community, reducing the role of armed officers in non-criminal calls. The TCRT provides rapid response and in-the field assessments, crisis management, transport, and referral, using trauma and culturally responsive practices and interventions at all levels of care. Types of calls may include wellness check, 5150 evaluations, telehealth and on-site in-person crisis interventions, de-escalation, consultation to campus staff, faculty, and administration regarding mental health concerns, and communication related to mental health and well-being. The TCRT is designed and operated in alignment with a continuum of care services principles and practices meeting the highest standards under UC San Diego Health.
Master's degree in a related mental health area.
Five years of related experience/training.
A valid California license as a mental health provider (Psychologist, LMFT, LCSW or LPCC).
Advanced knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards. Advanced knowledge of a specific counseling domain.
Demonstrated ability to carry out effective, trauma informed, and culturally responsive field work with the campus police and security officers.
Experience with rapid screening and assessment and diagnosis towards development of appropriate interventions and level of care while working under pressure.
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