Athletics Multicultural Mental Health Clinician - Student Health and Wellness

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Student Programs and Services

JOB SUMMARY

The Athletics Counseling Team within Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Mental Health at The University of Connecticut (Storrs Campus) is searching for a full-time licensed clinician with specific expertise and professional background in delivering culturally affirming and responsive clinical mental health services with a particular focus on working with College Student-Athletes identified as Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). The incumbent must evidence a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity issues in the delivery of clinical services and to promoting social justice and human dignity and eliminating the impact of oppression in a collegiate mental health setting.

The position is a full-time, 12 month position reporting to the Director for Student-Athlete Mental Health and Wellness.

The University of Connecticut is a member of the Big East Conference and a NCAA Division I institution. Student Athlete Mental Health services are highly utilized by student athletes and Department of Athletics staff seeking consultation. As such, the incumbent will be responsible for conducting direct clinical services spanning the full Mental Health service array, including but not limited to screening and assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, professional consultation, educational programming outreach, and team related psychoeducation. The position requires generalist skills to be able to respond to a wide variety of presenting issues of college student athletes. Although student-athletes will be the specialized focus for this position, the clinician may also provide services to the general UConn student population including rotating crisis on call coverage, crisis intervention, and urgent consultation. In addition, the staff member may serve as a clinical supervisor in the SHAW Mental Health training program. The SHaW Mental Health office is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30AM to 6:00PM and Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM. Some evening hours will be required.

UConn Student Health and Wellness is committed to diversity and inclusion, competence in working with culturally and ethnically diverse populations, and awareness of how issues of difference, power, and privilege manifest in higher education environments. The ideal candidate promotes health equity and reduces health disparities by demonstrating and supporting an understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for health equity, social justice, cultural humility, and inclusiveness. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary Responsibilities Include:

Clinical Services

  • Provide culturally affirming and responsive clinical services to UConn student athletes, including: drop-in consultation and support, brief screening, initial assessment including DSM-5 diagnosis, crisis intervention, short-term individual and group psychotherapy, and mental performance consultation.
  • As a multi-disciplinary team member, work closely with clinical case managers, other members of the clinical counseling team, and Sports Medicine staff to consult, collaborate, and provide holistic, comprehensive care.
  • Consult and collaborate with APRN/Psychiatric prescribers regularly on unique consideration of medication use and rules for NCAA Division I student-athletes.
  • Consult with UConn Athletic Department personnel, parents, physicians, faculty, academic deans, residence life staff, and other university community stakeholders, when appropriate and with appropriate authorization from the Director, in order to provide quality care to students.
  • Maintain clinical records and necessary statistics of psychotherapeutic and other patient contacts in the PyraMed electronic health record.
  • Provide on-call coverage for the general student population on a rotating basis at SHAW-MH.
  • Make referrals to off-campus therapists, clinics, or hospitals, when appropriate.

Outreach and Educational Programming

  • Conduct mental health and psychoeducational programs for student-athletes. Provide mental performance consultation to varsity athletic teams on topics such as mindfulness, visualization, managing self-talk, self-control, improving focus, and coping strategies.
  • Conduct mental health and wellness educational programs for other university stakeholders, including orientation sessions, suicide prevention training, or other workshop presentations, and emergency support services to the campus community as required.

Training

  • Supervise and participate in training experiences for masters and/or doctoral level graduate trainees, as assigned.

Other Duties

  • Attend and participate in regular SHaW and SHAW Mental Health staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service training.
  • Participate in SHaW, Student Affairs, Athletics, and other university committees, as assigned by the Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or related field.
  • Must possess or must obtain Connecticut Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker, or related mental health counseling licensure within one year of hire.
  • One year of related experience, which may include hours for obtaining the license.
  • Previous experience working effectively and collegially as part of an interdisciplinary behavioral health care team.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in crisis intervention and consultation with collateral parties.
  • Knowledge of the needs of student-athletes.
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of ethical and legal issues in mental health practice.
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of and stated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity issues in the delivery of clinical services.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate information.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • State of CT Licensed Psychologist or Clinical Social Worker with demonstrated experience providing culturally responsive mental health services to college student-athletes, or serving as a primary clinical mental health provider or consultant to a collegiate athletic department.
  • Previous experience working in a comprehensive university counseling center.
  • Experience working with the specific needs of athletes and in consulting with sports medicine professionals, coaches, and other athletics staff.
  • Demonstrated experience applying culturally responsive interventions when providing mental health and performance psychology services to college student-athletes, and in consulting with intercollegiate sports medicine and athletics department staff.
  • Demonstrated training in brief treatment models.
  • Certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant or equivalent training and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with athletes with disordered eating and/or substance use concerns.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2021.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495480 to upload a cover letter outlining interest in the position and addressing how you meet the specific job requirements, a current CV/resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Personal lived experience and shared identities are invaluable and persons with lived experience and/or shared identities are encouraged to apply.

Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) is expanding services and is currently hiring for a variety of positions related to students’ mental health and wellness. SHaW encourages qualified applicants to apply for multiple positions of interest.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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