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The UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) has an outstanding opportunity for a UWSOM Student Counselor to join their team.
POSITION PURPOSE The UWSOM Student Counselor provides confidential, free of charge, academic and personal counseling to medical students and their partner/spouse as appropriate. The Counselor reports directly to the Director, UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Service, who provides administrative and clinical oversight for the department. This full-time position serves as one of three UWSOM student counselors supporting the 1000+ MD students, 200+ Medex Northwest Physician Assistant students, and 200+ Rehabilitation (Occupational and Physical Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics) students. The Counselor is also available for consultation regarding student concerns to staff, administrators, and faculty for each of the aforementioned programs, and for those in the MD program who are distributed across the five state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region including six Foundation phase campuses and over 200 clinical training sites.
This position will work closely with the Director of the UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Service and through them with the Assistant Dean for Student Support; and potentially have contact with the Assistant Dean for Student Development, Assistant Dean for Equity and Student Engagement, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Curriculum, first year and regional deans distributed across the five first-year teaching sites, the College Heads and mentor faculty; as well as faculty, staff, and administrators for the Medical Education, Medex Northwest Physician’s Assistant, and Rehabilitation Medicine programs. With the regional orientation of the Medical Education program and needs of the other two programs (Medex and Rehabilitation Medicine), the UWSOM Student Counselor must be service-oriented and customer-focused, able to address questions, problems, or concerns from administrators, faculty, staff, and students across these organizations, in a professional, prompt, and confidential manner. The position will require the ability to multitask, prioritize job responsibilities, and work effectively with administrators, faculty, students, and staff, including individuals who possess a wide range of perspectives, values, beliefs, or political affiliations while maintaining a non-judgmental and unbiased professional posture. The UWSOM Student Counselor will furthermore participate in program development and continuous quality improvement.
The UWSOM Student Counselor position directly impacts the scope and quality of the counseling and mental health programs administered by the School of Medicine and provided to the 1000+ MD (in Seattle and across the six foundations campuses in the WWAMI Region), 200+ Medex Northwest Physician Assistant students, and 200+ Rehabilitation (Occupational and Physical Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics) students. The UWSOM Student Counselor is integral in ensuring the services and programs provided by the UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Service meet the compliance and accreditation standards as established by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), federal and state laws, and university regulations. Research has shown that graduate students in the medical and healthcare related fields experience a higher degree of stress, depression, burnout, and anxiety than graduate students in other programs. Historically, several medical students have presented with suicidal ideation/gestures and with some in the Medical Education program having successfully completed suicide. The UWSOM Student Counselors oversee the prevention programs and services in place to help in the prevention of such tragic incidents.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Conduct Student Counseling Services
Provide brief, solution-focused individual, couples and/or group counseling to students in the Medical Education program and their spouses/partners via in-person or distance counseling and maintain appropriate documentation for each session/contact
Provide brief, solution-focused individual, couples and/or group counseling for students in the Medex Northwest Physician’s Assistant and Rehabilitation Medicine programs completing coursework or internships in the Seattle area, as well as their spouses/partners via in-person or distance counseling and maintaining appropriate documentation for each session/contact.
Provide crisis intervention services, as needed, to students in the Medical Education, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Medex Northwest Physician’s Assistant students during regular business hours.
Assists students in addressing personal, mental health, academic and professional concerns.
Ensure that all services provided reflect a commitment and respect for equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
In consultation with the Director of the UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Service, consult with the Washington Physicians Health Program as needed and coordinate related student support as appropriate.
Guide students in the preparation for presentation at Student Progress Committee meetings both on a individual basis and by participating in “mock interviews” with the UWSOM Student Counseling team.
In consultation with the Director of the UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Service and fellow team members, develop and provide workshops in support of programs managed by the Assistant Dean for Equity and Student Engagement and the UW Medicine Office of Health Care Equity.
Maintain adherence professional standards of practice, ethics, and confidentiality (both HIPAA and FERPA) in conjunction with guidelines set and maintained by appropriate professional associations and accrediting organizations (i.e. – American Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, etc.)
Maintains quarterly statistics of UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Services activities.
In consultation with the Director of the UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Services, make appropriate referrals for medication assessment and management, for specialized and/or long-term treatment.
Participates in weekly supervision meetings with the Director of UWSOM Student Wellness and Counseling Service, and in weekly Wellness and Counseling Service team meetings.
School of Medicine Student Wellness Programs
Initiate and participate in the planning and implementation of wellness services (workshops, seminars, groups and events) designed to support the health and wellness of students in the Medical Education, Medex Northwest Physician’s Assistant, and Rehabilitation Medicine programs and their spouses/partners (i.e. – family events, couples’ workshops, etc.).
Write articles for dissemination to students on topics related to mental health and well-being.
Assist in maintaining a library of self-help and mental health resource material for medical students and the medical student counselors.
Attend Wellness Council meetings once per quarter and offer consultation and support to students in the planning and implementation of student-led wellness activities as needed.
Ensure that all services provided reflect a commitment and respect for equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Consultation and Coordination of Services
Consult with faculty, staff, or administration as needed regarding issues of UWSOM student mental health, wellness, progress, and/or behavior, while maintaining student confidentiality.
Consult with Academic Skills Counselor (Medical Education program only) regarding student learning and academic performance issues as needed.
Coordinate referrals for UWSOM student mental health and wellness services with other campus mental health and wellness services (i.e. – Hall Health, Disabled Student Resources, etc.) and community providers as appropriate.
Other Administrative Duties
Participate in UW Medicine, UWSOM, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and faculty committees as requested.
Participates in other activities within the UWSOM Medical Education Student Affairs Office, Medex Northwest Physician’s, and Rehabilitation Medicine programs, including but not limited to: •Respective program’s Orientations and Medical Education Immersion programs in Seattle •Student Affairs and Academic Regional and Rural Affairs staff meetings •Planning and participation in class meetings, staff retreats, and faculty and staff development for all programs as requested.
Master’s degree in a mental health field (Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, or Clinical Psychology) or related field.
Two or more years of related experience.
Must have current Washington state license, including those with an “Associate” designation, as a mental health provider.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Must be experienced in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders, to include suicide risk assessment. Familiarity with assessment and treatment of common problems seen in the Counseling Service including major depression, anxiety and adult attention deficit disorder.
Ability to interpret and communicate to others complex policies and procedures.
Demonstrated commitment and respect for equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience in large, highly structured environments.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity.
Ability to handle confidential information responsibly.
Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships and effectively address complex and sensitive administrative issues.
Proven track record in exercising discretion and independent judgment effectively in decision-making processes.
Ability to work across multiple levels of an organization to achieve results.
Effective at dealing with sensitive issues and maintaining collegial relationships.
Experience providing counseling in a higher education or health care setting is strongly desired.
Experience working with racial and ethnic minority populations, LGBTQ, and other under-represented populations.
Familiarity and practical experience working with models of time-limited and evidenced-based psychotherapy, in addition to group theory and process.
Computer proficiency with word processing and databases in a Windows and/or Mac environment.
Familiarity with utilizing Zoom video conferencing technology.
Experience with crisis counseling working in an emergency department or acute care clinic.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT The position may occasionally require the employee to work beyond a normal work week (e.g., more than 40 hours a week), to include two evenings per week (until 7 pm) and occasional weekend time to participate in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs activities, student wellness activities, meet project deadlines and attend meetings.
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