The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Northwestern University is searching for a Staff Psychologist, with a specific expertise/professional background in working with intercollegiate student-athletes. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Associate Director for Sport Psychology in the Evanston office. CAPS is a dynamic unit within the Division of Student Affairs and is highly utilized by student-athletes and other Department of Athletics staff seeking consultation. NU is a NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Big Ten Conference. Each year, over 35% of the 500 varsity student-athletes utilize clinical services, in addition to other individual- and team-related performance consultation. The staff psychologist will be responsible for conducting intake assessments, brief individual and group therapy, clinical consultation, outreach, educational programming, and individual- and team-related performance interventions. While student-athletes will be the specialized focus for this position, the individual will provide service to the general Northwestern student population including crisis intervention and consultation. In addition, the staff member will serve as a clinical supervisor in the CAPS training program. Evening hours will be required.
Please include a cover letter and C.V. for full consideration.
Clinical Services (70%):
Conduct psychological evaluations and provide short-term therapy in individual and group settings for Northwestern students.
Provide intakes, crisis management, triage, daytime walk-in emergency service, and assume on-call responsibilities for daytime and evening emergency services.
Provide mental health services and mental performance consultation to student-athletes.
Maintain clinical records and necessary statistics of psychotherapeutic and other client contacts in the Titanium Electronic Record System.
Consult with psychiatrists in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for psychotherapy patients.
Consult with NU Athletic Department personnel, parents, physicians, faculty, academic deans, residence life staff, off-campus counseling services, other campus offices and students, when appropriate and with appropriate authorization, in order to provide quality care to students.
Consult and collaborate closely with Sports Medicine staff to ensure holistic student-athlete care, including participation on a monthly multidisciplinary clinical team.
Make referrals to off-campus therapists, clinics, or hospitals, when appropriate.
Supervise and participate in training experiences for masters and doctoral level graduate trainees.
Provide case management and consultation to trainees, as assigned.
Provide crisis management supervision to trainees, as requested.
Outreach and Education Programming (15%):
Provide mental performance consultation to varsity athletic teams.
Conduct psycho-educational programs for student-athletes.
Conduct other outreach and educational programming, as requested, including orientation sessions for new students and parents, QPR suicide prevention training, other workshop presentations, and emergency support services to the campus community.
Other Duties (5%):
Attend and participate in regular CAPS staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service training.
Participate in Student Affairs and other university committees, as assigned by the Executive Director.
Hold a completed doctoral level degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited academic program.
Completion of a doctoral internship at an APA-accredited site.
Licensed or license-eligible (post-doctoral hours must be completed prior to start date) in the State of Illinois.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Previous experience working in a comprehensive university counseling center, including partnering effectively and collegially on an interdisciplinary team with campus partners.
Demonstrated experience and expertise in crisis intervention and consultation with collateral parties.
Experience in working with the specific needs of student-athletes and in consulting with Athletic Department and Sports Medicine staff.
Knowledge and experience providing sport performance consultation and mental health services to student-athletes.
Demonstrated understanding of ethical and legal issues in mental health practice.
1-3 years experience post-doctoral providing mental health services to inter-collegiate student-athletes, or serving as primary mental health provider/consultant to a collegiate athletic department.
Currently licensed in the State of Illinois as a Clinical Psychologist.
Certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant or equivalent training and experience.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience with and commitment to social justice issues and working with diverse clients, including, but not limited to, individuals from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, religious and spiritual beliefs, national origin, socio-economic status, and size and appearance.
Knowledge and experience with evidence-based treatment modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy and/or cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Experience providing sport performance consultation to athletic teams.
The mission of CAPS is to enhance the student learning experience by fostering student wellness, mental health, and personal growth within the broader Northwestern campus support network.
We pursue our mission by providing clinical services, community education, consultation, advocacy, and training of future mental health professionals.
Excellence:We strive to provide outstanding care and service to the community by bringing our best professional selves to our work.
Collaboration:We practice open, authentic, and civil communication. We seek first to understand. We partner with one another, students, families, faculty, staff, and community members in a collegial manner that is consistently professional, respectful, and empathic.
Social Justice: We commit ourselves to creating a Northwestern community that facilitates full and equal access to student mental health. We assess our programs, services, and institutional climate to contribute to an equitable and inclusive Northwestern experience.
Compassion:We bring willing kindness and openness to the experience of others in order to provide thoughtful and empathic care.
Innovation: We look for creative and sustainable approaches to enhance our work, challenge assumptions, and promote strategies to advance student mental health. We inspire and are inspired; we infuse energy and passion into the pursuit of our vision and mission.
CAPS Guiding Principles
Professional ethics:We are dedicated to providing services informed by a commitment to principles of social justice while adhering to our professions’ ethical/legal standards.
Best practices:We utilize evidence-based practices, guided by research, clinical expertise, and individual characteristics.
Data-informed decisions:We make deliberate, strategic, data-driven decisions to maximize our ability to meet students' needs.
Culturally informed services:We incorporate into our practices the value of cultures and identities as well as the effects of historical and current social forces in students’ lived experiences.
CAPS’ DIVERSITY VALUE STATEMENT
Northwestern CAPS is fully committed to providing services that affirm the dignity, worth, and value of all individuals. We believe in creating an atmosphere of openness, trust, respect, and safety where diverse attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be explored and discussed. We seek to understand and honor individual differences, including but not limited to experiences related to: race, ethnicity, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, sexuality, physical and mental abilities, size and appearance, and socio-economic status.
Mental health concerns are often affected by social forces in the environment related to power and privilege, such as racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, heterosexism, and other forms of marginalization and oppression. Often pervasive and institutionalized, these forces are unacknowledged in many settings, leaving the impacted individuals to feel alone, voiceless, and invalidated. Our staff and trainees consider these forces in the struggles of students who seek help at CAPS, and actively address them in a culturally sensitive manner, employing approaches that include empowerment and advocacy.
Our commitment to culturally sensitive communications extends to interactions with colleagues, trainees, faculty, staff, parents, and the greater local, national, and international community. We strive to make CAPS an open, affirming, and safe working environment in which all parties feel understood, valued, and accepted. We take personal and organizational responsibility to grow in our awareness, reduce barriers and bias, and strengthen our multicultural competence.
We understand that inclusiveness and social justice require an ongoing endeavor, and we can never assume to have reached the final point. At times, values may conflict, but we are committed to supporting and challenging each other through difficult dialogues. Courage and empathy are necessary building blocks for a community in which differences are celebrated
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34397
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.