Staff Psychologist (Counseling Center)
Primary responsibility for this position is provision of individual, couples, and group psychotherapy; with other clinical responsibilities including documentation, intake assessment, daytime crisis intervention, and campus outreach. Direct clinical services account for approximately 60% of weekly job responsibilities. There may be additional opportunities as well for qualified and interested individuals (e.g., assessment, teaching, committee participation, etc.). This is a 12-month exempt employee position, though annual office closure in July creates the experience of an 11-month position with 12-month benefits.
Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:
- Provide direct service of both short-term and longer-term therapy (individual, couple, and group), daytime crisis intervention, and various forms of intake and other psychological assessments
- Engagement in activities directly supportive of therapy services such as client communication, departmental case disposition and consultation meetings, interaction with client support network (e.g. parents, peers, faculty, staff, campus departments, etc.), and similar related activities
- Develop and participate in outreach programming, campus-wide liaison relationships, and other cross-campus collaboration in service of departmental and sector vision
- Participate in the training and supervision of unlicensed clinicians, which include primarily master’s level interns along with occasional doctoral-level trainees or unlicensed post-graduate staff
- Utilize computer-based systems (including Titanium Schedule EMR software) for scheduling and administrative functions, including prompt and professional documentation of clinical services according to legal, ethical, and institutional standards
- Availability for occasional evening or weekend campus engagement, such as for outreach events and campus-wide events (but no regularly recurring after-hours clinical services such as crisis coverage)
- Participate in departmental and sector meetings, including possible committee or work group participation as assigned
- Perform additional related duties as assigned in support of the departmental, sector, or institutional mission
Housed within the Student Development sector, Lee University Counseling Center (LUCC) is a close-knit family of personnel including one psychologist (director), five LPCs, one administrative assistant, contracted part-time psychiatric providers, and multiple trainees (typically four to six, mostly MA-level, occasionally doctoral practicum). Our department has grown by 2.5 clinical employees in the past four years, enjoys the support of an LPC (inactive) as sector VP, and actively collaborates across campus on varied outreach initiatives.
Lee University is a four-year private liberal arts university in Cleveland, TN. Total enrollment is approximately 5,000 at this faith-based institution of primarily undergraduate students, which is presently celebrating the centennial anniversary of its founding.
Cleveland, TN, is a city of approximately 44,000 residents with below-average cost of living, located less than 30 minutes northeast of Chattanooga in Southeast TN. Cleveland is located nearby to nationally-recognized outdoor recreational opportunities including multiple National Forests, wildlife areas, and the Ocoee River – site of the 1996 Olympic White Water events. Cleveland is also convenient to Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park, and the popular Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas.
- Doctorate degree (Clinical or Counseling Psychology)
- Eligible for Psychologist licensure in Tennessee (with Health Service Provider designation); licensure required within 1.5 years of date of hire
- At least one year of experience with university populations (pre-doctoral supervised experience is acceptable), including clinical and campus (outreach) programming experience
- Strong general therapy skills with competence in utilizing or integrating a variety of theoretical orientations.
- Experience and competence with a wide range of clinical presentation/severity, including particularly with complex trauma presentations.
- Advanced levels of cultural and diversity competence, including but not limited to conceptualization and treatment of diverse students within the context of faith-based campus culture
- Professionalism in legal and ethical decision-making and behavior, self-management in documentation and policy compliance, and demonstration of capacity and fit for effective contribution to institutional and departmental mission
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, APA-accredited internship experience, current/active psychologist license (with TN Psychologist/HSP license eligibility), and 2+ years of post-graduate UCC experience
- Experience and competence with prevention, wellness, resilience, and/or campus outreach programming
- Specialty training and experience in one or more areas of specific expertise or demand in college mental health (e.g., eating disorders, substance abuse, resilience, healthy sexuality/assault prevention, and others)
- Expertise regarding the needs of specific diverse or underserved student populations such as 1st generation, male, or racial/cultural minority students
- While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for frequent or extended periods of time, observe and communicate with others relationally (seeing, hearing, speaking or accommodative/adaptive alternatives), see or otherwise observe and interact with computers and written/projected text. Bending, standing, and navigating campus and its buildings are also necessary at times.
- The work environment is typically climate-controlled, with low to moderate noise levels including pervasive low-level sound machine noise throughout the building to aide in confidentiality within individual offices. Private offices (not shared, with door) and chairs for psychotherapy are provided to all full-time clinical staff.
- Applications are currently being accepted, and posting will remain active until position is filled
- Please submit the following four items for a complete written application:
- a cover letter of interest and fit
- resume or curriculum vitae
- written response to essay (described below)
- contact information for three professional references
• Submit your application materials to:
David Quagliana, Ph.D.
Director/Clinical Coordinator and Licensed Psychologist
Lee University Counseling Center
firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred form of submission)
1120 N Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37311 (alternative form of submission)
Written essay for application. Please submit 300 words or less on the following subject:
Cultural competence is highly important for counselors and therapists. This requires awareness and discerning response to both one’s own culture(s) and a client’s culture(s). On a religiously-affiliated campus, there are unique ways in which spiritual identity and religious culture might impact therapy; thus requiring rich understanding and discernment for competent integration in conceptualization and treatment. Please discuss your perspective on spiritual integration in psychotherapy. Be sure to include discussion of both theory and practice in your model/perspective of spiritual integration. A successful applicant’s essay will go beyond the two basic concepts of “respecting a client’s spiritual beliefs” and “avoiding proselytizing.”