Staff Counselor/Trauma Specialist - .8 FTE

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Student Health / Counseling, Business Operations / Services
Division: University Health & Counseling Serv

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver.

SAIE supports students in their holistic development through advocacy, collaboration, and education, and we strive to be full partners in students’ learning experience. SAIE values student centricity; diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration; adaptability; and accountability. The Division’s strategic priorities are:

  • Enrich the holistic student experience
  • Elevate & Embed diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Engage purposeful partnerships
  • Enhance staff development, learning & wellbeing
  • Enact sustainable practices & operations

SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education; Student Engagement; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Health and Counseling Center; Inclusion & Equity Education; Disability Services Program; The Cultural Center; Access & Transitions; Learning Effectiveness Program; Veterans and Military Resources; Student Outreach and Support; Student Rights & Responsibilities; Budget, Operations, and Division Resources; New Student Programs; Parent & Family Engagement; and Community and Driscoll Commons.

The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) is a fully integrated, on-campus, accredited college health center that provides a wide range of medical and mental health services. The University of Denver is deeply committed to Inclusive Excellence and Equity and seeks a .8 FTE Staff Counselor/Trauma Specialist who possesses cultural humility and a strong understanding of systems of oppression and can integrate those perspective into all their work. This position works in the Counseling unit at the HCC.

The mission of the HCC is to enhance overall student well-being and success through inclusive physical and mental healthcare, prevention, education, advocacy, and recovery support services. Most shifts are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with occasional shifts from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Physicians, nurses, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health professionals staff the HCC. All students enrolled for academic credit (full-time or part-time, undergraduate, or graduate) may use the HCC.

The University of Denver and the Health and Counseling Center are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will advance this commitment through their research, teaching and/or service.

Position Summary

The Counseling Services department at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is seeking a Staff Counselor/Trauma Specialist (.8 FTE, benefited). This specialist position is for licensed mental health providers with interest and expertise in treating trauma, especially survivors of sexual assault, racialized trauma and/or other interpersonal violence. Along with providing both short-term and long-term psychotherapy, this counselor will work in close partnership with the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE), another department in the HCC that supports campus community members who have experienced interpersonal and gender violence. This position provides direct counseling/psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach/prevention services to DU students and along with a specialty in trauma, will involve some generalist clinical work with a range of issues. The .8 FTE schedule would include a minimum of 32+ hours per week during the 33 weeks of the primary academic quarters and a minimum of 24 hours per week during non-peak times-which can include rotating through covering extended hours one night per week, based on staffing schedules. The .8 FTE schedule is negotiable and could also be a full-time, 10-month position with time-off in the summer and/or December.

Essential Functions

  • Provide direct counseling/psychotherapy services (individual, crisis, couples and group treatment) to DU students, primarily focused on supporting students who have experienced trauma.
  • Provide crisis intervention services via both our daytime crisis system (Counselor of the Day and Crisis Time coverage) and serving as back-up support for our after-hours on-call system.
  • Serve as a liaison to CAPE and the EOIX (Equal Opportunity/Title IX) Office.
  • Provide supervision and training to trainees as qualified and assigned.
  • Maintain client records in a timely manner and according to HCC procedures.
  • Maintain competency and enhance professional growth and development through continuing education activities.
  • Counseling/psychotherapy/supervision/crisis
  • Liaison and Outreach with campus partners, including but not limited to CAPE, Title IX, etc.
  • Administration (including 1 hour/week senior staff meeting; 1 hour/week full staff meeting; charting – intakes, progress notes, termination summaries; handling telephone calls, snail mail, email)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expertise in trauma treatment and crisis intervention: may include certifications in EMDR, CPT, DBT, etc.
  • Experience integrating the principles of Inclusive Excellence and anti-oppression/equity into the workplace.

Required Qualifications

  • Licensed in the State of Colorado as an LCSW, LPC, LMFT or psychologist (or license eligible within three months).
  • Experience providing individual counseling/psychotherapy.
  • Experience with crisis intervention.
  • 2+ years’ experience working with survivors of trauma, interpersonal violence, racialized trauma, and/or sexual assault.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience working with communities of color and other diverse populations.
  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience supervising trainees.
  • Experience with group therapy
  • Two years experience in university/college counseling center or similar clinical environment.

Working Environment

Standard office environment, unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high, noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time, occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
This position requires employees to work onsite 8:00am-5:00pm with some weekends, evenings and holidays. (Schedules to be negotiated with majority of hours during the academic year).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) April 19, 2024.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $64,000 - $72,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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