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The University's best practices is to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

Psychotherapist/Diversity Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Psychotherapist/Diversity Specialist (48-week position*)

*Time off will be between June and July

DIVISION: Student Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Counseling Center



JOB CODE: 1820


REPORTS TO: Director of Counseling Center

SUPERVISES: Psychology Trainees and Interns

MINIMUM STARTING SALARY: $ https://www.umassd.edu/hr/policies-and-laws/union-contracts/ * (*Salary will be prorated)


General Summary of Position:  Provide group and individual counseling and psychotherapy to students.   Provide psychoeducational workshops, presentations and training programs.   Responsible for strengthening clinical, outreach and training experiences within the department and acts as a liaison to other campus offices providing services to historically marginalized, oppressed and underrepresented groups.  Supervise, train and evaluation interns.   Consult with faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and outside medical and mental health professionals.   Provide crisis intervention. 

Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Provides culturally-informed care, including individual and group therapy and outreach to undergraduate, graduate and international students with an emphasis on promoting mental health of students from culturally marginalized, and underrepresented groups.
  • Facilitates support and personal growth groups.
  • Initiates and implements culturally-sensitive outreach programs, presentations and workshops to meet special interests and developmental needs of students.
  • Assists with selection, training, supervision, back-up coverage and evaluation of doctoral and masters-level trainees.  
  • Serves as a professional consultant to faculty, administrators, staff and student groups on matters related to students’ well-being or the design and implementation of strategies for making the campus environment conducive to interpersonal learning and personal growth.
  • Serves as a professional consultant to parents, outside agencies and hospitals.
  • Assesses study skills and learning challenges of individual students.
  • Serves as referral resource to community mental health and social services providers for faculty, staff and students.
  • Consults and assists in various skill training programs for counseling center trainees, residence hall advisors, orientation leaders, and other university employees.
  • Covers assigned Urgent Care periods, intake appointments and crisis intervention.
  • Contributes to staff in-service training and didactic training with a focus on multi-cultural issues, especially as related to culturally marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Serves on university committees and work groups as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required by the Director.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):


EXPERIENCE: Previous experience (over one year) in a college or university counseling center, clinical experience including internship, volunteer and co-op or at least one year of experience providing culturally-informed clinical services to diverse and underrepresented populations, including students of color, international students and LGBTQIA students. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in a clinical or educational setting.  Experience with crisis management for psychiatric emergencies.

OTHER: Possession of license or license-eligible as a Psychologist or Social Worker in Massachusetts.  Licensure must be obtained within one year of hire.  Available for occasional weekend/evening hours as required and emergencies as needed.



  • Thorough knowledge of theories and principles related to providing multi-culturally informed psychological care.
  • Thorough knowledge of multiple systems of psychotherapy applied to developmental needs and diversity concerns in a university setting.et
  • Thorough knowledge of the developmental issues of 17 to 25-year-olds.  
  • Familiarity and comfort with multiple psychotherapeutic approaches, allowing for flexible and effective intervention for a broad range of students in a diverse university setting. 
  • Thorough knowledge of mental illness and diagnostic categories.    
  • Ability to provide accurate diagnostic evaluations and appropriate psychiatric referrals.  
  • Familiarity with medications used to treat depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. 
  • Ability to instruct others in psychological theory and technique, especially as it pertains to culturally-informed care.  
  • Ability to instruct others in an array of self-management skills. 
  • Ability to adhere to professional ethical code of conduct.    
  • Ability to utilize clinical supervision and consultation appropriately.  
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with other offices and outside agencies.    



  • PsyD, PhD, EdD, DSW.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by a history of continuing education, community involvement, outreach, or research devoted to these topics. 
  • Knowledge of developmental theories and individual and group psychotherapy. 
  • Current knowledge of psychotropic medications and their impact on diverse populations. 
  • Sufficient knowledge and experience to supervise doctoral-level interns. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of psychological testing. 



Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.



To apply, please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The deadline for internal applicants to apply is November 13, 2019.

The review of applications will begin November 14, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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