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Staff Psychologist/Coordinator of QPR Program

Northwestern University

Counseling and Psychological Services

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Position Description
The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Northwestern University (NU) is searching for a Staff Psychologist to provide various clinical services as well as to coordinate the department suicide prevention program, Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR). This is a newly formed full-time 12 month position. The staff psychologist will conduct psychological evaluations and provide brief therapy in individual and/or group settings for NU students, and provide crisis intervention, consultation, and outreach and educational programming to the NU community. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Outreach and Education, the staff psychologist will coordinate the department QPR suicide prevention program. Also, the position will supervise graduate trainees in psychology. Evening hours will be required.


CAPS is a dynamic unit within the Division of Student Affairs at NU and is highly utilized by students and other campus community members seeking consultations. CAPS staff are highly cohesive, collegial and passionate about working with students. In addition, the staff highly value strengths-based leadership and partnering with other campus constituents to meet the needs of our students. CAPS has offices on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses and, approximately 12% of the student body (approximately 17,000 students across both campuses) accesses our clinical services each year. In addition, we reach another 5000 campus community members through outreach and educational programming. CAPS also has an extensive training program, including a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association, and a practicum program. CAPS is a learning organization, in that our strategic planning, priority setting, clinical and other services, and professional development are informed by local data collection as well as benchmarking with national trends and peer institutions. CAPS also identifies very closely with the vision, values and guiding principles of the Division of Student Affairs:

We will be full partners in the student learning experience


To provide a set of essential psychological services that addresses the psychological and developmental needs of students to help them thrive academically and interpersonally.

Values Statement

* We exercise the highest ethical and professional standards in our advancement of the student learning experience and in relationships with community and external partners.

* We commit ourselves to creating a Northwestern community that facilitates full and equal access to learning in and outside the classroom.
* We assess our programs, services, and institutional climate to contribute to an equitable and inclusive Northwestern experience.

*We look for creative and sustainable approaches to enhance our work, challenge assumptions, and promote strategies to advance student learning and success.
*We inspire and are inspired; we infuse energy and passion into the pursuit of our vision and mission.

*We practice open, authentic, and civil communication. We seek first to understand.
*We partner with one another, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in a collegial manner that is consistently professional, respectful, and empathic.

*We strive to be thoughtful and responsible with our natural and institutional resources, facilities, and spaces.

Commitment to Excellence: Upholding excellence as our ultimate principle in our personal conduct, work, programs, policies, and services.
Accountability: Holding ourselves and others responsible to our values and guiding principles and institutional resources.
Communication: Consistently listening intently and sharing clear information with internal and external constituents in a timely manner.
Curiosity: Asking questions and seeking new approaches and strategies to find solutions and improve programs, policies, and services.
Authenticity: Engaging with sincerity and honesty in our interactions and decision making.
Intentionality: Making deliberate and strategic decisions that contribute to the welfare of our students, colleagues, and community.

a. Conduct psychological evaluations and provide short-term therapy in individual and group settings for Northwestern students.
b. Provide intakes, crisis management, triage, daytime walk-in emergency service, and assume after-hours on-call responsibilities for daytime and evening emergency services.
c. Maintain clinical records and necessary statistics of psychotherapeutic and other client contacts in Titanium Electronic Record System.
d. Consult with psychiatrists in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for psychotherapy patients.
e. Consult with parents, physicians, faculty, academic deans, residence life staff, off-campus counseling services, other campus offices and students, when appropriate, and with appropriate authorization in order to provide quality care to students.
f. Make referrals to off-campus therapists, clinics, or hospitals, when appropriate.

g. Supervise and participate in training experiences for masters and doctoral level graduate trainees. Provide case management and consultation to trainees, as assigned. Provide crisis management supervision to trainees, as requested.

h. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Outreach and Education, coordinate and evaluate the center suicide prevention program, QPR. This will include, but not be limited to, scheduling QPR trainings for the campus community on both Evanston and Chicago campuses, recruiting QPR presenters, training new QPR presenters, maintaining the QPR site on the department website, tracking and reporting on QPR data (e..g, number of campus constituents trained, various demographics variables etc ), and partnering with Student Affairs Marketing to promote and advertise the QPR program.
i. Conduct other outreach and educational programming, as requested, including QPR trainings, other firesides, orientation sessions for new students and parents, workshop presentations and emergency support services to the campus community.

j. Attend and participate in regular CAPS staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service training.
k. Participates in Student Affairs and other university committees, as assigned by the Executive Director, an/or Assistant Director of Outreach and Education.

Minimum Qualifications
1. Hold a completed doctoral level degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited academic program or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;
2. Completion of a pre-doctoral internship at an APA accredited site;
3. Licensed or license-eligible (post-doctoral hours must be completed prior to start date) in the State of Illinois.
4. Previous experience working in a comprehensive university counseling center
5. Demonstrated experience partnering effectively and collegially on an inter-disciplinary team in a university counseling center and Student Affairs.

Desired Qualifications
1. Previous experience coordinating a suicide prevention program on a college campus.
2. Experience with and commitment to social justice issues and working with diverse clients, including individuals from ethnically racially diverse backgrounds individuals representing varying sexual orientations, and individuals of varying sizes.
3. Knowledge and experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder; and substance abuse assessment and treatment

University Description
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employee

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Required Application Materials
To be considered for the position (Job opening ID: 21254) applicants must submit the following materials electronically on the Northwestern University Human Resources site at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/ : Cover letter outlining interest in the position and addressing how you meet the specific job requirements; A current CV or Resume; Names and contact information (including address, telephone number, and e-mail) of three professional references.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. However, review of applications will begin on June 24, 2013.

Starting Date
Preferably September 1, 2013

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