Clinical and Sports Behavioral Health Therapist - Athletics
The West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in conjunction with the WVU Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services (CCPPS) is seeking applicants for the position of Clinical & Sports Behavioral Health Therapist. This position, embedded in the Athletics Department will provide and coordinate mental health services for NCAA Division I student-athletes enrolled at WVU.
In July 2021, West Virginia University will open the newly renovated, $10,000,000 Athletic Performance Center (APC). Renovations to the facility were made possible via generous donation from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust. The APC will be the new home to Sports Medicine/Athletic Training, Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, and Clinical & Sports Psychology. In addition, the APC will house a state-of-the-art recovery suite, new team locker rooms, a dedicated Women's Rowing facility, and an indoor simulation studio for Men's Golf.Renderings for the facility may be seen at the following link. www.wvusports.com/facilities/athletics-performance-center/189
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Provide multiculturally-sensitive brief counseling (virtual and in person) and performance enhancement services for student athletes with diverse presenting concerns.
- Provide clinical services including, but not limited to, assessment, treatment planning, short-term individual counseling, group counseling crisis intervention services, psychoeducation, and case management for student-athletes.
- Administer and document risk assessments and reduction interventions.
- Provideconsultation and outreach to counseling center and student life, student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administration.
- Complete required CCPPS documentation on an electronic health record system and quality assurance activities including routine monitoring and management of student treatment compliance (i.e., missed appointments, cancellations, etc.) in accordance with agency policies and state and federal regulations.
- Attend case conference, committees, task forces, and other meetings related to the missions of CCPPS and WVU Intercollegiate Athletics.
- Provide clinical supervision to trainees at athletics and facilitates didactic seminars on a variety of clinical, professional and wellness topics.
- Facilitatestudent-athlete access and transition to appropriate mental health providers for ongoing pharmacologic and longer term or specialized behavioral therapies as appropriate.
- In coordination with CCCPPS leadership and Intercollegiate Athletics leadership and other campus collaborators, develops and supports various initiatives to promote student-athlete health, resilience and wellness.
- Represent the University on the highest professional level with dignity, integrity, and strength of character and will exhibit ethical behavior; must respect the rights and dignity of individuals with sensitivity to problems that may arise from racial, ethnical and sexual orientation and other differences.
- Demonstrate a cooperative attitude towards all sports within the intercollegiate athletic program and broader mental health initiatives at WVU.
- Possess the ability to adapt to evolving, complex situation, make decisions and work independently; position must have the ability to build and maintain relationships with student-athletes, coaches, staff members other clinicians, and constituencies; required to use creative abilities to develop new techniques and approaches in dealing with many issues controlled by this position.
- Manage sensitive and confidential information related to student-athletes, coaches and staff utilizing discretion and correct decisions.
- Manage professional and personal time to handle time sensitive-issues, tight deadlines, extended hours beyond the normal workday, weekend work and on-call availability.
- Faithfully and diligently execute related duties of the department, as requested or assigned by the leadership at Athletics and CCPPS.
- Completed MA/MS/MSW degree from an accredited program.
- Completed doctoral degree in Counseling, Sport, Clinical Psychology (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., or Psy.D.) from an APA- accredited program (preferred but not required).
- A minimum of 500 hours in a supervised practica in providingpsychological services, including adult outpatient individual counseling / therapy, group psychotherapy, and assessment.
- One (1) yearClinical/Performance Enhancement experience with student athletes.
- Knowledge and experience associated with performance improvement and performance psychology as they apply to work with high level athletes.
- Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to proficiently conduct, document and evaluate individual, and counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation/outreach with a student athlete population.
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural humility and affirmative care for all students but especially student athletes.
- Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to proficiently conduct and evaluate supervision and/or training
- Ability to utilize an electronic health record system.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the culture associated with collegiate athletics
- Excellent leadership, organizational, management, and communication skills.
- Ability to use email, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Possession of a valid driver's license and the ability to travel to regional campuses and other venues as necessary.
- Geographical availability to provide timely on campus emergency responses during on call weeks.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with a team.
- Demonstrated experience with substance use disorder treatment with a college-aged population.
- Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to proficiently provide care management and to actively identify and decrease barriers to care.
- Skills and abilities required to assess and respond to unpredictable clinical presentations and related calls from campus and parent stakeholders in the context of ethical and legal parameters.
- Practical and ethical knowledge regarding the provision of telehealth services
- Licensed (or license-eligible within 18 months-six months preferred) as a counselor, Social Worker or Psychologist within the State of West Virginia.
- CMPC or CMPC eligible (preferred but not required).
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.