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Newsletter Article | Aug 27, 2014

MISSOURI - SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY - Director, Counseling & Psychological Services

St Louis UniversityDirector (Counseling & Psychological Services)
Job Summary: Under general direction, provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for student mental health services at Saint Louis University; serves as the lead clinician and administrator in the department; is responsible for all services, activities and programs in the department; ensures that federal, state and local laws and University policies and procedures are followed; oversees a community-based health promotion and education program for students; directs clinical counseling services for students, including individual, couples, and group counseling; oversees crisis intervention, assessments, treatment planning, referrals, and outreach education; serves as a member of the Division of Student Development's leadership team and plays a critical role in the University's efforts to assess the needs of students and contributing to their success while contributing to the Catholic, Jesuit mission and values of the University.

Job Requirements

  1. Provides leadership and direction for the Counseling & Psychological Services department, including oversight of personnel, policies, budget, programs, and services.
  2. Supervises Program Director of Health Promotion & Education to provide effective community-based health promotion and education initiatives for students that are grounded in a healthy, mind, body, and spirit philosophy, with a strong focus on responsible management of alcohol and other drug education, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, suicide prevention, and healthy lifestyle choices.
  3. Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates department staff; provides training for mental health staff that enhances their clinical skills and meets the needs of SLU's student population.
  4. Facilitate a robust assessment plan; conducts qualitative and quantitative assessment practices that measure departmental outcomes as well as broader student learning or success outcomes; writes and submits annual reports on program effectiveness, as well as proposals for program improvements or enhancements based on trends and best practices data relating to student mental health and wellness issues.
  5. Consults and collaborates regularly with the Student Health Center, Department of Psychology, the Psychological Services Center, Student Success Centers, Dean of Students Office, Housing & Residence Life, and other areas to deliver mental health services and wellness-related programs for students; consults with faculty, staff, parents, families, and other stakeholders as needed.
  6. Builds collaborative relationships with outside providers in order to effectively refer students that have unique or high-risk needs (such as suicidality/suicide potential), or who have an inability to function safely and successfully in a college environment.
  7. Provides individual and group counseling for students.
  8. Administers and interprets various psychological tests and conduct counseling or behavioral assessments as needed.
  9. Applies International Association of Counseling Services standards for staff development, organizational/policy analysis and evaluation, campus outreach and program initiatives.
  10. Serve on University committees or task forces as requested.


  • Significant college counseling administrative experience and generalist clinical skills, including experience assessing with a range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology
  • Capacity to oversee a comprehensive set of college counseling and psychological services and shape a practicum curriculum for graduate students
  • Significant experience responding to and managing crisis situations or students in distress
  • Significant experience with case management and working with a multidisciplinary health setting
  • Excellent listening and attending skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent supervisory skills and abilities
  • Strong strategic planning and budget management skills
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret data and results
  • Knowledge of legal, ethical, and policy issues in college mental health, and the ability to educate others on those issues
  • Ability to maintain and secure confidential information
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work flexible schedule
  • Ability to provide training and outreach presentations for diverse groups
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and various software programs
  • Resiliency under pressure, de-escalation intervention

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