Under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Services, Chicago CAPS, the Crisis Mental Health Clinician/Case Manager will coordinate and provide crisis access and initial consultation services for students seeking services at CAPS Chicago. The staff member who serves in this role will have a strong background in crisis intervention, suicide assessment, and experience in a high volume/fast-paced clinical setting. This position will have the primary responsibility of assessing students presenting to CAPS Chicago in apparent urgent distress/crisis, coordinating initial crisis interventions, and implementing necessary follow-up, including coordination within CAPS and with other campus offices, academic departments, community mental health providers, and stakeholders. This position will also be responsible for care and referral coordination at Chicago CAPS. Position requires some evening hours and occasional weekend duties.
CAPS is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs at NU and is highly utilized by students and other campus community members seeking consultation. CAPS has offices on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. NU has a total student population of approximately 21,000 students across both campuses, with approximately 2,500 of these students attending classes in the Chicago campus. The Chicago office serves primarily graduate and professional students. In addition to our clinical services, CAPS reaches over 10,000 NU community members through outreach and educational programming on both campuses. CAPS also has a training program, including an APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology at our Evanston office and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship on both campuses. CAPS is a learning organization, in that our strategic planning, priority setting, clinical services, and professional development are informed by local data collection as well as benchmarking with national trends and peer institutions. CAPS also identifies very closely with the vision, values and guiding principles of our umbrella organization, the Division of Student Affairs.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Required Application Materials
To be considered for the position (Job opening ID: 38072) applicants must submit the following materials electronically on the Northwestern University Human Resources at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/
Cover letter outlining interest in the position and addressing how you meet the specific job requirements;
A current CV or Resume;
Names and contact information (including address, telephone number, and e-mail) of three professional references.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
CLINICAL SERVICES (78% of time):
Provides crisis intervention services in CAPS Chicago and other clinical/initial access services as assigned. On rare occasion, crisis intervention services may be required on the Evanston campus.
Coordinates care and referrals for all students needing connection with off-campus treatment providers.
Follows up to ensure that clients are appropriately assessed and successfully referred to off-campus treatment providers.
Analyzes the insurance benefits and financial resources available for mental health treatment for identified students (This includes advocating for low cost services when needed).
Provides internal consultation to CAPS staff about crisis response and aspects of case management.
May also provide brief individual and group psychotherapy for students on the Chicago campus, as needed, and consult with psychiatrists for psychotherapy clients.
Assumes on-call responsibilities for after-hours crisis and emergency services.
Maintains clinical records and necessary statistics of psychotherapeutic and other client contacts, in compliance with ethics, law, and best practices.
Consults with parents, physicians, faculty, academic deans, residence life staff, off-campus counseling services, other campus offices and students, when appropriate, and with appropriate authorization in order to provide quality care to students.
TRAINING (5% of time):
Provides case management consultation to trainee(s), as needed.
Provides crisis management supervision to trainee(s), as needed.
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMING (15% of time):
Conducts outreach and other student learning programs on the Chicago campus, including orientation sessions for new students, QPR, and emergency support services to the campus community.
Develops/maintains relationships with community health providers, services, hospitals, and other resources and coordinates Chicago referral database.
Initiates and develops on-going liaison relationships with NU programs and offices.
OTHER DUTIES (2% of time):
Participates in Student Affairs and other University committees as assigned by the Director of Clinical Services, Chicago CAPS.
Attends and participates in regular CAPS staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service/professional development training (occasionally on the Evanston Campus).
Performs other duties as assigned.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Holds a completed Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field or a doctoral level degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA accredited program.
For doctoral candidates, must have completed a pre-doctoral internship at an APA accredited site.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LCPC or LCSW licensed or license-eligible (must be currently licensed in another State or have successfully passed the required examination and supervision for licensure) in the State of Illinois
Demonstrates experience (1-3 years post-licensure) partnering effectively and collegially on an inter-disciplinary team in a university counseling center or other mental health agency.
Demonstrates outstanding clinical skills as well as competency and extensive experience in crisis intervention and consultation with collateral parties within multi-layered and complex systems.
Demonstrates knowledge and experience working with complex health insurance plans and managed care companies.
Has experience with and commitment to working with diverse clients, including individuals from ethnically/racially diverse backgrounds, individuals representing varying sexual orientations, international students, and working cross-culturally.
Demonstrates understanding and experience with college student developmental theory from undergraduate through graduate/professional levels.
Knowledge of computer word processing skills and comfort with information technology in general.
PREFERRED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Past experience (1-3 years post-licensure) working in a comprehensive university counseling center providing crisis intervention, brief individual psychotherapy, and group therapy, supervision of trainees, outreach and consultation.
Experience and knowledge about the specific developmental and academic/career concerns for graduate and professional students and the specific challenges they may face. Previous experience with this student population is highly preferred.
Knowledge of financial aid policies and procedures and experience collaborating with university financial aid departments around resources for low-income students.
Has experience in training and supervision. For doctoral candidates, experience with supervision of doctoral level psychology graduate students in an APA accredited site.
Experience with outreach/developmental programming.
Knowledge/expertise in one or more of the following areas: working with LGBT and international students; substance abuse and eating disorder assessment and treatment; cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and perfectionism.
Familiarity with multicultural theory and competence, such as impostor syndrome and stereotype threat.
Knowledge and experience with positive psychology and wellness theory.
Have thorough knowledge of clinical applications for contemporary issues in psychology and student affairs, especially as related to individual and cultural diversity.
Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have experience/expertise in empirically validated treatment modalities, especially dialectical behavioral therapy and trauma informed care.
Strong creativity and problem-solving skills.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive
Internal Number: 38072
About Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Northwestern University
CAPS is a very dynamic unit within the Division of Student Affairs at NU and is highly utilized by students and other campus community members seeking consultations.