Clinical Community Liaison

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

Counseling and Psychological Services is seeking a Clinical Community Liaison. This is a supervisory staff position providing clinical mental health services to Swarthmore students, consultation to faculty, staff and parents, and clinical supervision to trainees. Responsibilities include: Providing individual and group counseling & psychotherapy; Supervising and training clinical interns; and providing after hours crisis/emergency response as needed. Other responsibilities include the following: Using a variety of theoretical orientations and to integrate multiple psychotherapeutic modalities in individual and group therapy; Collaborating with Health Services, the Deans’ offices, student groups, and other relevant departments to address student well-being in a way that engages and is sensitive to identity and difference; Building collaborations between CAPS staff and campus-wide groups and institutions to engage in diversity and equity training with a particular focus on the mental health needs of students from historically under-represented backgrounds; Collaborating with Dean’s Division & campus partners to build communities across campus and foster an inclusive and equitable campus environment; Serving on campus-wide committees relevant to support individual students and student communities; Facilitating collaborative partnerships with a variety of constituents and assisting student groups and organizations with educational programming initiatives and resources. Performing other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related discipline
  • Licensed, or licensed eligible in Pennsylvania.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in social justice advocacy, facilitation, and training preferably in an educational institution or nonprofit or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a rigorous liberal arts undergraduate environment in a counseling capacity providing individual and group psychotherapy and advising student-run organizations in a college setting
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging student groups and campus administration around diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Ability to work in highly complex environments, responding to multiple constituencies while maintaining good judgment and communication
  • Well developed ability to assess, diagnose and treat the full range of mental health disorders experienced by adolescents and young adults, including: anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family problems, eating disorders, attention and concentration difficulties, identity disturbance, post traumatic stress disorders, psychosomatic disorders, mania, drug and alcohol problems, psychosis.
  • Ability to evaluate suicide potential and need for hospitalization.
  • Extensive knowledge of developmental psychology and psychodynamic theory and practice.
  • Experience with use of adjunctive prescriptive medication in the treatment of mental health disorders.
  • Ability to collaborate with medical staff, Dean’s staff and others as needed.
  • Strong skill with clinical supervision, consultation & liaison, and training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Effective professional staff team-building, management and supervision experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad range of individuals internally and externally; in addition, the ability to be diplomatic in a complex environment in oral and written communication
  • Experience in a self-directed role demonstrating confidence and initiative.
  • Ability to learn quickly, be flexible, and be comfortable with high standards of excellence
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent collaboration and facilitation skills.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of a liberal arts institution
  • Ability to use Titanium scheduling software

This is a one year limited term position with the possibility of renewal. This is 29 hours per week, 11 month position that offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  Click here to view employee testimonials and learn about what it’s like to be a part of the Swarthmore community.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


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