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Staff Mental Health Clinician, Counseling and Psychological Services

Princeton University

Princeton University

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University Health Services (UHS) at Princeton University is a fully accredited (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, or “AAAHC”) health care facility. Located in the McCosh Health Center and the Caldwell Field house, UHS provides comprehensive health services to more than 7,500 Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, and specialized services to Princeton University faculty, staff, and employees who experience work-related injuries and illnesses, or who require consultations regarding international and travel medicine.

UHS’s mission is: to enhance learning and student success by advancing the health and well-being of our diverse University community. This mission is pursued and supports the University’s purpose by using current knowledge of health and human development to guide responsive, high quality clinical, prevention, and consultation services.

Reporting to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), the Staff Mental Health Clinician is a clinical or counseling psychologist who provides urgent care and crisis intervention, psychological and psycho-diagnostic evaluations, time-limited individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment and community referral services to our undergraduate and graduate student population.

This is a 10 month, full-time, term position starting on August 1, 2013. CPS is a stimulating, collaborative and fast paced counseling service with 7 clinical psychologists, 2 social workers and 3 psychiatrists on staff. The position’s primary responsibility is the provision of direct clinical services. Also, UHS has an active Infirmary that provides 24 hour health coverage. As such, this mental health position involves the provision of after-hours, on-call coverage, assigned at the discretion of the CPS Director.

The clinician will possess sophisticated diagnostic skills and specialized knowledge in certain content areas, such as eating disorders, severe personality and identity problems, and affect regulation disturbances and will demonstrate training and experience in the use of specialized treatments that are professionally recognized as effective for these content areas e.g. DBT for affect and behavior regulation, CBT for anxiety disorders, etc.. The particular skill and knowledge set will be informed by a strong understanding of the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults.

Doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology, or in a related field, from American Psychological Association (APA)-approved doctoral programs is required. Completion of APA-approved clinical internship is also required. Candidates will possess psychology licensure or be license-eligible in the state of New Jersey.

A minimum of three years independent psychotherapy experience is required and preference will be given to those with five or more years of independent psychotherapy experience.

Evidence of experience working with severely troubled patients and/or on a psychiatric inpatient unit, or the functional equivalent, is required.

Demonstrated competence in crisis intervention, assessing need for psychiatric hospitalization, handling psychiatric emergencies, and supervising referral for inpatient care is required.

Demonstrated excellence in using an evidence-based approach to psycho-diagnosis and treatment, including mastery of DSM-IV-TR nomenclature, and in understanding best practices in diagnostic evaluations and time-limited psychotherapy is required.

The selected candidate must demonstrate the ability to collaborate well with colleagues and communicate effectively with, and provide culturally informed health care to, multiple and diverse undergraduate and graduate student groups. That is, it is important for the candidate to be sensitive to the manifestations of psychological problems across different cultural backgrounds, identity configurations, and genders. The ability to deal effectively with college-age populations, international students, parents, faculty, and college administrators is also essential.

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check and participate in our credentialing process.


Prior experience working in a university mental health service or a comparable healthcare system.

Prior experience in urgent care coordination and high risk psychological evaluations.

Prior experience with and/or additional training in the psychological care of late adolescents and young adults with the following subspecialties: eating disorders, DBT, group therapy, campus outreach , multicultural psychology and substance abuse.

Training and experience in short-term dynamic models of treatment.

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Princeton University

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Princeton, NJ

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