News Date: Friday, March 17, 2023 - 10:15
Licensed Therapist with Addictions Expertise
Clinical Instructor or Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Division of Student Counseling and Mental Health
Los Angeles, California
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is actively recruiting a full-time licensed therapist (PhD/PsyD/LCSW/LMFT/LPCC) within USC Student Health/Counseling and Mental Health (CMH) to join a diverse and dynamic multidisciplinary team who are strongly committed to providing excellent clinical treatment, training, and outreach services regarding mental health and wellness. We are specifically seeking a licensed therapist with expertise in addictions/substance use disorders and candidates who have strong clinical skills, are familiar with the duties associated with a university counseling center, and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, collegial, professional environment.
Description of Counseling and Mental Health (CMH)
USC Student Health provides a comprehensive campus health program including mental health services, medical services, prevention and health promotion, health communications, the student health insurance plan, and public health services to improve the health of the USC population. Mental Health services support students so that they may achieve their academic and personal goals through the Department of Psychiatry’s Counseling and Mental Health Division (CMH). CMH services include: individual, couples and group counseling; assessment and referral to other professionals and institutions; crisis intervention (including some after-hours coverage); biofeedback; psychiatric evaluations and medication follow-up; consultation; outreach and prevention; and training and supervision.
CMH provides mental health services to students so that they may achieve their academic and personal goals. Services we provide include: individual and group counseling; assessment and referral to other professionals and institutions; crisis intervention (including some after-hours coverage); case management; biofeedback; psychiatric evaluations and medication follow-up; consultation; outreach and prevention; and training and supervision.
We are committed to providing quality mental and educational services in accordance with the ethical and legal standards of our profession. We appreciate and honor diversity and work with all students with compassion, respect and dignity. We advocate for and empower our students in pursuing their goals and personal development.
Training is an important function in CMH. We are committed to providing professional training opportunities for trainees in psychology, social work, and medicine (med students and residents). The entire faculty is involved in our training programs including participating in and promoting self-reflection. Our students benefit from multidisciplinary collaboration and we adopt a bio-psycho-social approach in our work whenever appropriate.
We are committed to making CMH a work environment characterized by respect, mutual support, and team work, and the sharing of diverse and honest opinions among our staff is encouraged. We value and honor the diversity of the students we serve as well as the diversity of our faculty and staff and the unique contributions of each member. Faculty are committed to ongoing learning, self-awareness, and cultural competency.
Under the direction of the CMH Director, this clinician/therapist will:
·Provide evidence-based, trauma-informed, and multiculturally-affirming psychological interventions to USC students, including individual assessment and diagnostic sessions, short term counseling/ treatment, group therapy, routine and urgent intake, crisis intervention, referral, triage, case consultation, third party consultation, and after hours coverage to USC students via telehealth.
§ This includes up to 26 hours per week of direct patient care (28 if the therapist does not supervise trainees) and 9 scheduled hours for timely documentation of clinical activities.
·Engage in department-wide substance abuse initiatives.
·Supervise interns and practicum students.
·Present didactic training in seminars for social work, marriage & family therapy, and psychology practicum interns on theories, interventions, or diagnoses.
·Provide psycho-educational workshops to USC faculty, staff, and students.
·Collaborate and consult with other mental health providers, service providers, and campus and community partners.
·Cover on-call emergencies, as assigned. Faculty rotate backup coverage, being the second on call to the Proto-Call service.
·Attend weekly multidisciplinary faculty and staff meetings.
·Attend and contribute to various CMH, Student Health, Psychiatry Department and campus meetings, fostering educational objectives and a consultative collegial environment.
·Participate in yearly merit review and performance evaluations, peer review, quality improvement activities, and other unit, departmental, and division teams and committees.
·Attend Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds, Social Justice Forums, and Department Matters meetings; as well as Student Health all-staff meetings.
·Serve on committees, as desired/assigned.
This is a full-time faculty position with an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and clinical service assignment in Counseling and Mental Health. Salary is competitive and contingent on experience. A generous benefits package includes: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term care, disability, malpractice coverage and more (information about benefits can be found here); significant retirement benefits (USC makes a 10% contribution when you contribute 5%); tuition assistance for you and your family; paid professional days and parental leave; access to free continuing education credits through our Grand Rounds lecture series; and generous paid time off. The schedule for this position will reflect a hybrid of virtual/remote and in-person functions (this is not a fully remote position).
·Doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or Master’s degree in Social Work,
Marriage & Family Therapy, or Counseling from an accredited program.
·Licensed in the state of California.
·Experience in short term treatment, including brief psychotherapy, stabilization and referral of serious mental illness, and crisis intervention.
·Multicultural competency in working with students of color, students from all economic classes, first generation students, LGBTQ students, and international students.
·Resilient, self-aware, and can thrive in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
·Effectively works in a highly diverse and multicultural student population and LGBTQ affirmative environment.
·Commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice and to professional integrity.
·Desire to continue to grow as a professional and committed to excellence and lifelong learning.
·Certification or specialized training in substance use and/or addictions
·Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills in group process work and training.
·Excellent diagnostic skills and knowledge of DSM5
·Experience working with university students, LGBTQIA populations, and international students.
·Experience working with issues encountered in early and emerging adulthood, including identity issues (e.g., sexual identity, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, etc.), sexual trauma, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
·Experience providing mental health care remotely via telehealth platforms.
·Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills in group process work and training
·Experience and commitment to working with minoritized individuals.
·Interest and skill in an integrated approach to care.
·Additional language skills are welcome.
Application Deadline: Until position is filled.
Starting Date: Negotiable
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is. USC is one of the world’s leading private research universities with approximately 48,500 students from all 50 states and boasts one of the largest international student bodies in the country. USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles, a culturally rich metropolitan city with a large ethnic and economically diverse population and is close to both beach and mountains with wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. The mild temperatures along with the city’s average of 329 days of sun per year makes Los Angeles a wonderful city to live and work.
The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is committed to attracting and nurturing a diverse community dedicated to providing culturally informed, high-quality behavioral healthcare to a multicultural population. Both in our work environment and clinical practice, we embrace diversity across multiple dimensions. We aim to provide a safe, inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, trainees, volunteers, patients, colleagues, and the multitude of stakeholders with whom we work. Through our clinical services, educational programs, research studies, and policy initiatives, we are committed to addressing health care disparities for historically underserved groups; to combating racism and anti-Blackness at all levels; and to promoting and ensuring social justice.
USC strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. All genders, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, bicultural/multicultural and bilingual/multilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
To apply, please submit the following:
(1) CV, (2) cover letter expressing interest/fit for this position, and specifying training/expertise in substance use disorders, addiction, and/or treatment thereof, and (3) three letters of recommendation, 2 of which should be from current/former direct clinical supervisors and speak to clinical expertise/skill
Send materials to Geoffrey Finucane – Geoffrey.email@example.com – with the subject line “Application to CMH Addictions Therapist position”
Resources are available for those struggling with addiction and numerous effective treatments exist. Whether you are looking for help for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to seek out help.