Grinnell Chamber

Staff Counselor

Full time
Posted: 10/13/2021
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources


The Staff Counselor will join an integrated team working amongst healthcare professionals, wellness experts, as well as peers in the counseling profession. The selected candidate will: Provide direct psychological counseling services to enrolled Grinnell College students; including short and in limited cases, longer term individual, group counseling and crisis intervention while adhering to the APA Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct or Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct of applicable licensing body and Iowa state laws. Provide accurate diagnoses, treatment planning, and use standardized assessments and empirically based treatments as appropriate. Collaborate and make referrals to medical staff for evaluation or medication; and assist and coordinate hospitalization and outpatient treatment discharge plans. Consult and advise faculty, staff, and administrators concerning problem identification, response, and resolution techniques for students experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. Serve on committees, task forces, etc. as appropriate. Design, coordinate, and conduct workshops and outreach on psychosocial issues. Provide training to residential staff regarding basic counseling skills, problem identification and resolution or referral. Present project proposals and recommendations to improve services. Complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited review of overall results by supervisor. Need a solid understanding, and an ability to use and apply different concepts, theories, principles, practices, and terminology within counseling or clinical psychology. Work compassionately and professionally with individuals and groups who possess a variety of backgrounds and identities.

Breakdown of Responsibilities:

Provide Counseling Services to Students- 65% of time Triage and clinical assessment of students Diagnose, counsel and/or treat students Individual and group counseling Crisis intervention Collaborates and makes referrals to medical staff for evaluation or medication; and assists and coordinates hospitalization and outpatient treatment discharge plans Implementation of patient treatment plans; chart updates including: clinical notes, chart reviews, and termination notes completed in a timely manner Evaluations of treatment effectiveness and patient care; resolution of issues  Maintain confidentiality of patient information Compliance with operational policies and procedures, and applicable ethical and legal standards

Provide Outreach and Consultation to Students, Faculty and Staff- 20% of time 

  • Consults and advises faculty, staff, and administrators concerning problem identification, response, and resolution techniques for students experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns
  • Educational workshops that are well designed, facilitated, presented, and pertinent for students, staff and faculty
  • Serve on committees, task forces, as appropriate
  • After-hours on-call consultation to Residence Life Coordinators and Deans On-Call in conjunction with other providers on a rotational basis

General Administration-15% of the time 

  • Coordinate a service area such as Outreach and Group ·       
  • Attend departmental meetings (e.g., staff meeting, case management, SHAW Care Team)


  •  Must hold a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy or have their Doctorate (Ph. D. or Psy. D.) in Counseling or Clinical Psychology and be licensed or eligible for a licensure in the State of Iowa (LISW, LMFT, LMHC or Licensed Psychologist). Must be licensed within 18 months of start date.
  • Specific interest in working with a college student population
  • Training and experience with eating disorders, harm reduction initiatives related to alcohol and other drugs, and the development of peer education program development preferred  
  • Capacity to function as a counselor in a college setting while working as an independent practitioner 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the application of the highest standards of legal and ethical principles 
  • Knowledge of mental health and college student development
  • Experience in written and electronic forms of documentation, data collection and management; Well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • Values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment
  • Strong organizational skills to effectively manage workload
  • Establish relationships and partnerships across multiple levels of constituency 

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