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Staff Psychologist / Counselor

Appalachian State University

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

Appalachian State University is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location.  Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university.  Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls over 19,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.  Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark.  Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system.

Boone is part of the “High Country” including Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, near the Virginia and Tennessee borders in northwestern North Carolina.  The area is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains near federal parks, forests, and wilderness areas.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, several ski resorts, and local rivers and lakes draw tourists and provide abundant outdoor recreational activities for all seasons including canoeing, white water rafting, rock climbing, skiing, trout fishing, etc.  Boone, North Carolina boasts good schools, a low crime rate and is listed in the book The 100 Best Small Towns in America: A Nationwide Guide to the Best in Small-Town Living.

Position Description

Two full-time, twelve-month, Staff Psychologist or Staff Counselor positions in the Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center.  The Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and has a doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The position reports to the Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Duties of the position include short-term individual, group, and couples therapy; psychological assessment; crisis intervention; consultation; outreach and psychoeducational workshops (sometimes after hours); clinical supervision and training; case management as needed; liaison/consultant relationships with university partners; and rotating after hours emergency/crisis on call responsibilities as back-up to ProtoCall.  All clinical staff positions involve some administrative duties and roles.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, or related field, or Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field, and eligibility for appropriate licensure in North Carolina.  The successful candidate will be expected to obtain licensure in North Carolina within one year of start date and maintain licensure for the continuation of the appointment. 

Preferred Qualifications

1.     For doctoral applicants, APA approved training for both academic and internship preparation.

2.     Experience in a university counseling center with a student affairs perspective.

3.     Experience as a clinical supervisor.

4.     Demonstrated interest, skill, and experience in one of the following areas:

  • Providing clinical services and outreach programming to historically underserved populations including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQQ+, and veterans.
  • Services for survivors of trauma, including therapy, training, and consultation with campus/community partners.
  • Psychological testing and assessment, including providing assessment training for trainees.
  • Group Therapy, including coordination of the Counseling Center’s Group Therapy program as well as providing group therapy training to trainees.
  • Outreach, including provision of outreach presentations, tabling, and liaison with campus partners, as well as coordination of the Counseling Center's outreach programming. 

 

Candidates should also be committed to a proactive student development perspective involving an active relationship with the campus community; have demonstrated skills and interest in working with diverse populations; be team-oriented and collaborative with students, colleagues, and university staff; and have broad generalist clinical skills in assessing and intervening with a wide range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.  State of North Carolina benefits apply.

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees. The university is committed to its affirmative action plans and seeks to deepen its applicant pools by attracting interest from a diverse group of qualified individuals.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director, Disability Resources & ADA/504 Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">or (828)-262-3056.  Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. Julie Keys, Search Committee Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-262-3180.

Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.  Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Start Date for the position is July 26, 2020 (or negotiable in that time frame).

Applications will be accepted electronically at the position posting on the university website: 

https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/27967

You will be directed to create an account before submitting a letter of application, vita, and the names/contact information of three professional references. 

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