Staff Therapist

Job #1150

The Staff Therapist is a salaried professional reporting to the Director of the Student Counseling Center. The Staff Therapist holds an ongoing 0.8 FTE position, with the option to work full time during 9.6 months (mid-August through May, with June through early August off) or to work part-time year-round (approx. 32 hrs/wk).  Salary range is $35,000-36,250 with Tier I Benefits. The Student Counseling Center seeks a dynamic individual who is committed to a developmental philosophy and recognizes hallmarks of college student development.  Position includes college mental health related consultation, training, and outreach activities in addition to psychotherapy.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

  • Offer direct psychotherapy services to undergraduate and graduate/professional student clients including intake, urgent walk-in, individual, group and couples counseling
  • Secondary clinical supervision of advanced doctoral level practicum trainees (PsyD)
  • Maintenance of  appropriate clinical documentation and scheduling within Titanium Scheduler
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and clinical consultation meetings
  • Develop collaborative relationships with various campus organizations (e.g. Student Health, Intercollegiate Athletics, Residence Life, Graduate Student Services, Learning Support Services, International Programs)
  • Offer consultation to faculty, staff, and family members regarding students in emotional distress
  • Development and implementation of outreach programs and workshops designed to foster students’ academic and life success
  • Participate in collection of accurate clinical data
  • Work with Director in development/review of agency policy and procedures, and protocols for client and emergency management
  • Must be available to provide routine evening and occasional weekend services.  Schedule is established collaboratively, but primary consideration is clinic service delivery and adequate coverage which requires flexibility and episodic changes to schedule.

Secondary Functions: Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Scope: Performs duties independently, operating from specific policies and procedures.  Complies with all  legal and ethical standards governing psychological practice (in accord with the State of Oregon, Professional Licensing Board and the American Psychological Association).  Decisions are made within general clinic and university policy constraints yet do require independent decision making capacity.

Supervisor Responsibility: Job has no employee/administrative supervisory responsibility  

Education and/or Experience

  • Currently Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor (LPC or LMFT), or Psychologist in the State of Oregon (if licensed in state other than Oregon, must transfer/establish license in Oregon within first year of employment to retain position). 
  • Master’s in Social Work, Master’s in Counseling, or PhD/PsyD in Counseling or Clinical Psychology required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Behaviors

  1. Experience in a university/college counseling center
  2. Expertise in one or more of the following treatment areas: anxiety management, substance abuse, anger management, eating disorders, provision of services to population with diverse needs, experience working with clients exhibiting persistent mental illness.
  3. Evidence of skill in addressing psychiatric emergencies
  4. Evidence of skill in offering consultation to faculty, staff and students
  5. Demonstrable experience in and commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, and commitment to ongoing development of multicultural competence
  6.  Ability to assist in needs assessment and outcome evaluations
  7. Communicates with students, faculty, staff and the public appropriate to the age of the individual served.
  8. Builds on basic learning and carries it from one situation to another.
  9. Demonstrates critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.
  10. Asks questions and seeks assistance.
  11. Takes responsibility to eliminate the source of problems.
  12. Demonstrates confidentiality regarding information pertaining to all students, faculty and staff.
  13. Maintains proper appearance and personal conduct for the employee’s particular job.
  14. Uses effective communication skills taking into consideration body language, filters, listening, paraphrasing, and questions with customers of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  15. Demonstrates ability to work in a team environment.

Working Conditions

 Typical office environment.  Not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Physical Activities:  __Climbing  __Balancing  __Stooping  __Kneeling  __Crouching  __Crawling  __Reaching  __Standing __Walking  __Pushing  __Pulling  __Lifting __Fingering  __Grasping  __Feeling  _X_Talking  __Hearing __Repetitive motion

Physical Requirements_X_Sedentary work  __Light work  __Medium work  __Heavy work  __Very Heavy work   __Visual acuity


Please send application materials electronically.  Position is immediately available, review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.  Include cover letter, resume/CV and names and phone numbers of three professional references to both: Search Committee Chair, and Human Resources/Pacific via email to .

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our online job board it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.

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Pacific University also offers healthcare services throughout the Portland metropolitan area, caring for the patients we serve and the healthcare and optometry students we train. Additional facilities in Portland support the clinical programs of the College of Optometry and the School of Professional Psychology. We remain committed to a tradition of service and support to the community, offering service learning, international education, internships, research opportunities and co-curricular activities to students and faculty.  With a rich history to build on and a strong future ahead, our 3,350 students enjoy a rigorous academic experience, professors who love to teach and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Our alumni go on to become life-long learners and engaged citizens of the world.

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