Department: Student Support Services, Wellness Resource Center
Reports to: Assistant Dean of Student Support Services
Date: January 17, 2023
General Summary: The Wellness Counselor will provide short-term psychological counseling/support on personal, academic, and career issues. This individual seeks and maintains partnerships with regional agencies for referral-based services for students in need of ongoing services. Acts as consults and provides professional development for faculty, staff, and administrators regarding crisis intervention, mental health resources, and other supportive services within the community or region. The Wellness Counselor strives to ensure equity and access for all students while maintaining confidential information.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Consult with, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding students' psychological issues
Consult with college administration on new, special, or continuing grants and other projects
Coordinate training for staff, faculty, and administrators relevant to students' behavioral and emotional issues. Prepare and present workshops related to these topics.
Provide counsel and input into matters pertaining to Student Affairs as requested by the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean of Student Support Services.
Maintain knowledge of current information, trends, and resources related to problematic student behavior on college campuses, including threat assessment, prevention strategies and systems, aggression management, legal issues, written and video resources to use in presentations, etc.
Crisis Intervention/Assessment and Referral
Respond to psychological emergencies and other emotional crises (i.e.- preliminary threat/risk assessment when issues of harm to self or others are involved, crisis intervention for students, and arranging for immediate outside services when necessary).
Assess and refer students for outside mental health resources; provide onsite structured and short-term counseling services as needed
Consult/confer with mental health practitioners/providers regarding students' needs. Maintain relationships with area agencies and resources and refer students who need short-term or more extensive or specialized psychotherapy.
Maintain appropriate clinical, statistical, and general college documentation.
Develop and contribute information for online and print Mental Health Resources for MCC students. Take the lead in the creation of a Mental Health Resources website.
Serve on the College's Student Assessment and Intervention Team (SAIT); Maintain appropriate log notes in the web-based platform for assigned intervention cases.
Mental Health Wellness Programs
Assist in the development and coordination of the Counseling Internship Program in partnership with regional graduate programs; Supervise interns, including onsite daily activities, training, and evaluating clinical development for academic progress.
Collaborate with other MCC personnel working on wellness activities/events, which may include such activities as leading meditation-related campus initiatives, offering Stress Buster Week activities, etc.
Develop and deliver new wellness activities and events, such as psychoeducational programs and workshops, informational programs (i.e. - designs, coordinates, and/or delivers courses, films, and supportive programs; implements/assess new student orientation programs, teaches classes; develops instructional material for classes/workshops).
Provide oversight in the use of the Mental Health Screening tool and extrapolate data from student responses to inform the development and delivery of programming and resource development.
General and Administrative Functions
Serve as an academic advisor to an assigned cohort of students, providing intrusive advising throughout the semester.
Participate in ongoing training as needed and utilize the college's EAB Navigate system with students.
Engage in outreach and communication efforts with students to support divisional and college-wide student success, retention, and completion efforts.
Act as a resource for students in providing information or referral to appropriate services within the College. (e.g. Disability Support, Tutoring, Advising, etc.)
Develop a record-keeping system for the department in line with state and federal laws and ethical guidelines
Assist with maintaining and updating content and format of Wellness Resource Center (WRC) and Student Assessment and Intervention Team (SAIT) marketing materials, including the WRC and SAIT web page, the SAIT card, and periodic WRC and SAIT Newscaster items.
Develop assessment strategies and evaluates the effectiveness of services
Active participation and membership on college-wide, divisional and departmental committees as approved by supervisor.
Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or a closely related field; with 5-10 years of experience that includes psychological counseling, psychotherapy services, crisis intervention, social work, and personal computer operations; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Active Massachusetts licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC),
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and/or a psychologist in the state of Massachusetts.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Proficiency in oral and written expression and personal computer usage.
Experience with equity-minded work and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, veterans, and individuals with different academic preparation levels and varying physical and learning abilities.
Salary Range: $64,615 is the starting salary for finalists with a Master's Degree; actual salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits, which include:
High-quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Competitive Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation, and Personal Time
Tuition Benefits for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program
Free employee parking on Bedford and Lowell campuses
Eligibility towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Location: Bedford campus with occasional travel to Lowell as needed
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, schedule to be determined upon hire. This position will be eligible for a maximum of two days of telework in accordance with the College's telework policy.
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.