Positions in Counseling Centers

Position Title
Staff Counselor or Staff Psychologist

Mississippi State University

Student Counseling Services

Salary Range
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Description
Student Counseling Services (SCS) at Mississippi State University (MSU) is pleased to announce an opening for a Staff Psychologist or Staff Counselor. Clinicians at MSU SCS provide direct clinical services to MSU students, collaborate with other staff in provision of services which may include clinical supervision for licensure, serve the department, division and university through consultation and participation on committees, and provide outreach as requested. The primary role of direct clinical service includes individual, relationship, and group counseling; assessment and clinical evaluation of students and treatment planning, risk assessment and crisis intervention. The Staff Psychologist position includes psychological evaluation and ability to hospitalize students if needed. Additional service to the campus community may include psycho-education, training and crisis response. The successful candidate will be a multi-culturally affirming generalist and possess demonstrated clinical competency in at least one of the following areas: assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, substance abuse, or crisis management. The candidate should have experience providing individual and group clinical services, a Student Affairs orientation and be enthusiastic about working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. Experience within a university counseling center is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications and Skills:
1. Masters degree in Psychology, Counselor Education, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy or a related field;
2. High ethical and professional standards;
3. Must be currently licensed or be license-eligible within one year of employment with one of the following licenses: LPC, LCSW, LMFT or Licensed Psychologist;
4. A student-centered philosophy; experience working with individuals from different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds;
5. Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: depression, anxiety, disordered eating, substance abuse, and/or crisis management.
Skill set to include:
a. Crisis intervention and crisis management; for the Staff Psychologist position this includes psychological and risk assessment and facilitation of hospitalization.
b. Generalist practice knowledge and expertise
c. Provision of services to include individual, group, and couples counseling
d. Conducting workshops and psycho-educational programming
e. Provision of consultation and training for faculty, administrators, residence staff and other student service personnel regarding psychological development and behavioral health issues
f. Excellent oral and written communication skills
g. Experience maintaining clinical case files in accordance with legal, ethical and professional standards
6. Ability to serve as liaison to academic and Student Affairs departments
7. Service orientation through committee involvement in Student Counseling Services, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University
8. Ability to share rotating evening and weekend emergency consultation and response

Desired Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Doctoral degree and a minimum of three years experience; licensed
2. Experience, education or training in a university counseling center setting
3. Understanding of and ability to work within a student development perspective
4. Demonstrated ability to consult with and collaborate with University personnel and off-campus mental health and psychiatric services
5. Experience working with substance abuse, disordered eating, or crisis management in both individual and group settings
6. Crisis management experience; for Staff Psychologist, the ability to provide psychological and risk assessments & facilitate hospitalizations.

University Description
Mississippi State University is a comprehensive, doctoral-degree-granting university offering to a diverse and capable student body a wide range of opportunities and challenges for learning and growth; to the world of knowledge, vigorous and expanding contributions in research, discovery, and application; and to the State and its people in every region, a variety of expert services.Mississippi State University is designated as a Doctoral/Extensive institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is representative of the American Land-Grant tradition and distinctive in its own character and spirit, born of its Mississippi heritage and the vision and loyal perseverance of those who have labored in its development. Mississippi State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi State University.
An able faculty, drawn from the best institutions in all parts of the nation, strive earnestly to demonstrate excellence in teaching, while producing in their specialized studies scholarly books, articles, and conference papers that gain respect for themselves, the University and the state. Thus they ensure for their students instruction that is in immediate touch with current knowledge and thought. A body of energetic researchers, both faculty and other, assisted by an effective research administration, places Mississippi State among the first one hundred university in the nation in research and development in the sciences and engineering. The University’s service agencies are similarly distinguished, earning the respect and support of their varied constituencies through the state, as well as in other states and in foreign countries.

Region Description
Mississippi State University forms part of a cohesive town-university community with the growing agricultural-commercial-industrial town of Starkville. Located in the eastern part of north-central Mississippi, it is 125 miles northeast of Jackson and 23 miles west of Columbus; it is served by Highways 82, 12 and 25 and by feeder air services through the Golden Triangle Regional Airport 14 miles east. Away from urban complexities, the community enjoys many intellectual, cultural, and recreational advantages: the MSU-Starkville Civic Symphony and Chorus; the Starkville Community Theater: the University Lyceum series, bringing professional musical, dramatic, and artistic groups and performers to the campus; art exhibits, plays, and recitals by local and visiting artists; public radio and public television programs through Mississippi Public Broadcasting performances by popular musical groups of regional and national celebrity; frequent intercollegiate athletic events in modern facilities; and a variety of recreational opportunities on playing fields and courts in neighboring forests, fields, and lakes, and along the nearby Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

Required Application Materials
All applications must be submitted via the secure MSU Online Employment System at https://www.jobs.msstate.edu/ (see Staff Psychologist or Staff Counselor position).

Application Deadline
Review of applications begins 1/13/2014; position will remain open until filled.

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