Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is hiring a BIPOC Focused Staff Therapist to join our Clinical Team supporting student mental health through individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referrals and wellness programming. The ideal candidate will have personal lived experience and strong skills working with BIPOC individuals and groups across intersecting identities utilizing a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CAPS Clinical Team is highly experienced and offers a great opportunity for someone looking to expand their clinical knowledge and skills in a structured and supportive setting. The Staff Therapist will connect and collaborate with other staff and departments on campus who work with students from historically under-represented identities to develop training and programming that supports students through social connection and skills building. CAPS clinicians are committed to issues pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice and to our own learning and accountability as individuals and as a team. We seek candidates who can illustrate a commitment to issues of race and social justice through their past work, education and lived experience and who are willing to engage with others with courage and humility.
Builds an active clinical caseload overtime, providing individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to a diverse population of students.
Provides Walk-In and Same Day appointments
Conducts intake assessments
Offers short-term individual and group therapy
Conducts case management for students needing community referrals
Completes clinical documentation in timely fashion and ensures that all documentation meets established standards.
Consults to the On Call Service during high risk and critical situations, i.e. hospital transports, in which the On Call Service requires professional consultation and liaising with the local hospital, as needed, following Maine mental health laws.
Consults with students, staff and faculty regarding mental health concerns
Provides crisis and ongoing counseling services for students with acute psychological concerns based on experience and skill level.
Participates in all administrative, clinical and case conference meetings
Seeks continued growth through professional development
Outreach and Education
Supports CAPS goals and programming
Collaborates with campus partners on wellness programming
Collaborate with student clubs, affinity groups, and organizations on campus regarding programming efforts that support personal growth and resilience building.
In collaboration with the CAPS Team and campus partners, develop and implement BIPOC focused educational outreach and wellness programming to students.
Develops relationships with Office of Intercultural Education
Designs programming to support BIPOC students
Assure equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism as central to their work and the delivery of services to students and colleagues.
Completes other duties as may be assigned by the immediate supervisor or designee that are consistent with the responsibilities of the position.
Attends training and professional development opportunities for continuing education credits (CEU) to maintain Maine licensure in good standing.
Master’s or doctoral degree in Social Work or Clinical or Counseling Psychology required.
Must possess valid licensure or be license eligible in current state, with ability to obtain licensure in Maine within 90 days. Continued employment is contingent upon obtaining licensure.
Recent graduates from master's or doctoral programs working towards independent licensure will be given due consideration given their ability to practice under the supervision of a senior staff clinician.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in supporting students from historically marginalized groups, including, but not limited to, students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, LGBTQ+ students, international students, and low-income students.
Strong clinical, diagnostic, interpersonal, and collaborative skills.
Along with this application, please submit a cover letter (including your demonstrated commitment to issues of race, multiculturalism and social justice) and your resume.
Skills and Knowledge
Practice in accordance with the center's policies following the ethical guidelines or mental health practice, HIPAA, and medical care.
Maintain strict confidentiality in compliance with HIPAA, FERPA, and the ethical and legal guidelines associated with one's professional associations.
Strong interpersonal skills to develop collegial relationships and is flexible, collaborative and positive.
Establish authentic rapport with students, while maintaining appropriate clinical and professional boundaries.
Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (e.g., Work, Excel, PowerPoint).
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, on-call and other non-traditional schedules.
Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse community.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 20 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 13 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug and smoke-free workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
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Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.