Mental Health Counselor
The mission of Laramie County Community College is to transform our students' lives through the power of inspired learning. Our over-arching goal is that our accomplishments as a community college will distinguish LCCC from others in the nation, in turn benefiting our communities and bringing pride to the Great State of Wyoming. Our core values include Passion, Authenticity, and the Desire to Make a Difference.
A cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position is required. You can upload a cover letter when you create an applicant profile.
Core responsibilities of this position include:
The Counselor is a 12-month full-time, benefitted, professional position responsible for providing personal counseling and program development for LCCC students. This individual is required to primarily work days; however, evening and weekend work can be expected. This individual may provide on-call, after-hour support on an infrequent basis.
LCCC in its strategic plan has identified important Core Values and Aspirational Values, which are inherent in the cultural fabric of the College. The person fulfilling this role is expected to bear these qualities and advocate for them. http://lccc.wy.edu/StrategicPlan/index.aspx#goal1
Other tasks may be assigned based on contemporary institutional need.
Compensation: This is a Professional 3 position. The annual starting salary: $52,661.
Priority Screening Date: Position is open until filled. For full consideration, apply by June 13th, 2022.
Starting Date: As soon after hiring process as practical.
For information about Cheyenne, visit http://www.lccc.cc.wy.us/about/welcome
Essential Functions: (to perform successfully in this position, an individual must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily as well as possess education/experience, employ the knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed in representative fashion; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions – this position is Exempt, i.e., is not eligible for compensatory or overtime pay provisions of the FLSA. This listing of essential duties is not all-inclusive, but representative; other duties may be assigned).
- Provide short-term, solution-focused individual, couple, and group counseling to LCCC students.
- Facilitate educational and counseling groups as assigned; accurately and promptly chart these activities in electronic health record.
- Demonstrate interpersonal communication and rapport building with each encounter.
- Conduct and interpret mental health assessments.
- Assess individuals for mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs.
- Complete social histories, assessments, treatment plans, intake and discharge summaries, and other chart-related documents and correspondence for assigned students promptly.
- Manage crisis in accordance with assessment needs.
- Mediate and resolve conflict through de-escalation.
- Coordinate referrals for clients with significant mental health issues or needing long-term support to local community resources, following through to ensure service efficacy. Referral may include coordinating admittance to the local hospital for threat assessment.
- Make appropriate referrals to campus resources and services to promote student’s academic success.
- Provide Telehealth counseling sessions as need for students.
- Be responsive, available, and flexible to students experiencing mental health and emotional crisis.
- Provide crisis intervention and counseling services to students experiencing mental and emotional distress including anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, and suicidal ideation.
- Assign follow-up to appropriate community mental health agencies.
- Provide information and referral support services to students, faculty, and/or staff as needed.
- Provide lethality assessment with corresponding documentation and coordinate appropriate level of intervention.
- Collaborate with the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team (CARE Team) as needed and appropriate to support students in crisis and those who are exhibiting safety concerns.
- Provide advocacy services to complainants and respondents of the Title IX and Student Code of Conduct process.
- Inform students about and connect them with relevant and appropriate campus and community resources including Safehouse, SANE Nurse, Legal Aid, etc.
- Assist students in understanding the Title IX and Student Code of Conduct process.
- Be apprised of local, regional, and national Title IX policies, procedures, protocols, and research.
- Document client contact and treatment interventions using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) in accordance with ACA Code of Ethics and CCW standards of practice.
- Document programming and student contacts to assist with data collection.
- Maintain calendars to ensure smooth functioning of CCW operations.
- Manage front desk duties on an as needed basis including scheduling appointments, providing intake paperwork and initial screenings, as well as, providing information to students regarding Disability Support Services and Dean of Students services.
- Collaborate with other College departments and assist in completing necessary forms, complying with college procedure, or requests to facilitate the operation of the CCW office.
- Consult with supervisor regarding student cases, needs, and courses of action.
- Consult with CARE Team and other professionals while maintaining appropriate confidentiality and respecting student privacy.
- Provide consultation for LCCC employees for supporting students in the academic and/or student service areas.
- Partner with LCCC employees, including faculty, the Campus Activities Board, and Residence Hall to offer educational programming for students.
- Support student peer mentors in clubs, organizations, leadership roles, and campus jobs to enhance their performance and effectiveness.
- Develop, coordinate, implement, and assess comprehensive mental health and wellness programming and activities working in collaboration with other departments.
- Develop educational and therapeutic curriculum to be utilized in group settings with students as well as prevention education.
- Plan and implement passive and active educational programs, classroom presentations, counseling groups and training seminars to improve mental and emotional wellness.
- Be aware of issues and trends for national, regional, and local college populations, higher education, assessment and current therapeutic practices in order to provide intentional and data-informed programs.
- Educate campus community members and students about mental or physical illness, abuse, medication, or available community resources.
- Increase community agencies’ awareness of CCW services and student body needs.
- Collaborate with Psychology faculty on training and programming around resilience, mental health and suicide prevention and intervention (as appropriate).
- Develop and maintain partnerships with community agencies and providers.
- Provide education to College Success classes regarding counseling services, stress management, and other relevant course topics.
Integrate counseling and campus wellness services and institutional training strategically by collaborating and/or training efforts in order to provide and support the needs of faculty and staff within the LCCC organizational needs.
- Increase professional knowledge and maintain professional licensure requirements in accordance with the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board by completing required continuing education credits and reviewing current literature, conducting social research, or attending seminars, training workshops, or classes.
- Abide by the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Wyoming State Statutes when providing services, documenting services, and interacting with professionals and students.
- Adhere to the Counseling and Campus Wellness Standard of Practice.
- Inform constituents of the nature of CCW services by reviewing the CCW Disclosure Statement
Nonessential Functions: An employee in this position may perform some of these responsibilities on an infrequent basis.
- Grant writing/administration.
- Serve as a CCW liaison for the CARE Team secondary to the Coordinator.
- Manage and update Counseling and Campus Wellness website as needed.
- Respond to after-hour, on-call requests secondary to the Coordinator of Counseling and Campus Wellness.
- Attend and support program, department, division and College meetings; functions; and events
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Counseling, student development theories principles and practices, human development theories, and solution-focused theory.
- Relevant college policies, procedures and practices with the ability to answer questions and/or interpret and apply these policies and procedures correctly in various situations.
- Effective customer service techniques with the ability to present one’s self and the college in a positive and professional manner.
- Make independent judgments, work autonomously, and demonstrate initiative.
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
- Speak in public settings in front of large groups of students and employees.
- Operate a wide variety of standard office equipment (computers, printers, telephone, fax, copy machines, etc.).
- Utilize Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and other student information systems proficiently.
- React calmly and act professionally in emergency or high conflict situations
- Communicate and seek out effective self-care opportunities.
- Maintain strict confidentiality and secure records maintenance.
- Work effectively with a team while building healthy working relationships.
Physical/Mental Demands: (The physical demands and work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this position and/or may be encountered while performing essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
To successfully perform the essential functions of this position, an employee must be able to:
- Maintain appropriate composure and necessary confidentiality with regard to both past and current employee, student, and donor data; documents; issues; etc., and respect privacy needs of employees, students, donors.
- The ability to comply with highly inflexible deadlines is required; there will be multiple occurrences of sudden, urgent task completion required.
- Adapt to a variable work schedule may be required including long workdays, evenings, on-call duties, and weekends as needed.
- Interact with employees and/or students, past employees and/or students, members of the general public, and others who express opinions, may exhibit strong emotions, which will require the employee to interact professionally, diplomatically, and appropriately in such situations.
- An employee would frequently be required to move around the assigned work areas as well as within hallways, meeting rooms, and other parts of the campus facilities.
- There may be multiple/daily instances of prolonged sitting, standing, and personal computer use, which would include keyboard and/or mouse usage as well as viewing a computer monitor.
- Frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds to perform essential position functions.
- Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
- The overall work environment requires the mental ability to shift focal point quickly due to interruptions; an employee must be able to mentally track multiple projects and tasking as well.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, there may be unexpected instances of somewhat loud sounds.
NOTE: This position description is a general description; it is not intended as an employment contract, nor is it intended to describe all duties someone in this position may perform. All employees of the College are expected to perform other tasks as assigned by their respective supervisor/manager regardless of job title or routine job duties.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Master's Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, or related equivalent degree (with an emphasis or experience in Student Personnel services or Higher Education).
- Two years directly related experience providing counseling to individuals with behavioral health needs.
- Current State of Wyoming Mental Health Professional License (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, or equivalent licensure).
- One-year experience in a Higher Education setting.
- One year experience providing outreach and student programming services
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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer
Laramie County Community College is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and employment environment. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.
The College has a designated person to monitor compliance and to answer any questions regarding the college’s non-discrimination policies: Please contact: Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 205B, Pathfinder Building, 1400 E College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007, 307-778-1217,TitleIX_ADA.Coordinator@lccc.wy.edu.