Liberty University seeks a Student Counseling Services (SCS) Counselor for the Athletic Department who is directly responsible to and assists the Executive Director, Director and Clinical Coordinator of SCS as well as the Athletic Department. The primary function of the Counselor is to provide student-athletes counseling that integrates empirically-support treatments within a Christian worldview. The Counselor also provides support for any crisis-oriented situation that may arise for student athletes, which include, but are not limited to, suicidal ideation or behaviors, emotional disruptions, family emergencies, mental health crises and deaths of family members. The Counselor is responsible for updating electronic files and keeping complete and accurate records of counseling sessions, including progress notes and clinical reports consisting of assessment information, case conceptualization, DSM-5 diagnoses, treatment plan and termination summary. The Counselor is also involved in originating, planning, coordinating and implementing psychoeducational programs for the student athletic population and Athletic Department. The Counselor participates in regular clinical supervision, professional development and team meetings.
Responsibilities & Duties Individual Counseling – 60% •Provide appropriate professional Christian counseling to student athletes •Discuss limits of confidentiality with each student athlete •Assess classification and severity of student’s symptoms •Document progress notes •Prepare clinical reports (assessment information, case conceptualization, DSM-5 diagnoses, treatment plans and summary of termination) •Participate in regular supervision and team meetings
Crisis Response – 20 % •Provide crisis intervention and assistance for student athletes in crisis •Provide support during hospital admittance and discharge •Provide support and/or counseling during bereavement •Refer students for psychiatric evaluations as necessary
Psychoeducational Programming – 10% •Prepare curriculum and facilitate psychoeducational events for student athletes and the Athletic Department •Assess satisfaction and learning outcomes of events through surveys and assessment materials •Provide direction and follow-up to student athletes and Athletic Department administration and staff as needed
Support Staff Management - 5% •Offer assistance to Athletic Trainers and Spiritual Development staff •Medical emergencies (attempted suicide, sickness, accidents, etc.) •Family emergencies (death, sickness, dysfunctional family issues, etc.) •Personal threat or harm (assault, sexual assault, harassment, etc.) •Provide direction in counseling-related situations on each team •Provide encouragement and support through difficult situations and crises that may occur •Communicate via meetings, email or phone calls with Athletic Trainers and Spiritual Development staff, as needed, for follow up, direction and support •Attend training, Sports Medicine meetings and activities, and Champion Performance meetings and activities as requested
Office Procedures and Logistics -5% •Review and respond to Incident Reports (mainly reported by Student Leadership: Resident Assistants and Resident Directors) and Liberty Emergency Services Reports (reported by the Liberty University Police Department) for matters requiring immediate attention (hospitalization, suicidal language, sickness, family emergency, death, assault, spiritual warfare, etc.) •Act as liaison to the Athletic Department staff and administration in regard to student athlete- related problems •Attend office and departmental meetings •Assist administration and other offices with student athlete-related issues
The minimum of a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (or related-degree) or Doctorate degree in Psychology or Counseling is required. A strong working knowledge of student athletic issues and educational trends, as they relate to higher education, is required. Well-developed communications skills and basic computer skills are required.
Required Qualifications: LPC in Virginia
Preferred Qualifications: Experience treating eating disorders and substance use disorders.
To apply please email cover letter, resume, and references to Gabrielle Gearhart at email@example.com
About Liberty University
Liberty University is a distinctively Christian university located in Lynchburg, VA. The Athletics Department sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and FBS (Independent). The University has 15,000 residential students and over 90,000 online students. Founded in 1971, the University’s mission “to produce Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills required to impact tomorrow’s world” is carried out daily through the students, faculty and staff. More information about Liberty University, Liberty Athletics, and Lynchburg, VA is available at www.liberty.edu.
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