The Sport Psychology unit within Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Northwestern University is searching for two Sport Psychologists/Athletic Counselors with specific expertise/professional backgrounds in working with college student-athletes. Each position is a full-time, year-round position reporting to the Associate Director for Sport Psychology on the Evanston campus. The sport psychologist/athletic counselor will be responsible for conducting initial assessments, short- and long-term individual and group psychotherapy, clinical consultation, outreach, educational programming, and individual- and team-related performance interventions. Although student-athletes will be the specialized focus for this position, the individual(s) will provide service to the general Northwestern student population including crisis intervention and consultation. In addition, the staff member(s) may serve as a clinical supervisor in the CAPS training program. Sport psychology staff maintain offices at CAPS and within the Athletics Department at Walter Athletics Center on the Evanston Campus. Evening hours will be required.
CLINICAL SERVICES (70% of time):
Provide short- and long-term psychotherapy and mental performance consultation in individual and group settings for Northwestern student-athletes.
Provide initial assessments, crisis intervention, case management, and assume on-call responsibilities for daytime and evening emergency services at CAPS.
Consult and collaborate closely with Sports Medicine staff to ensure holistic student-athlete care, including participation on two monthly multidisciplinary clinical teams focused on general mental health and eating concerns among student-athletes.
Consult with psychiatrists in conjunction with prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medication for psychotherapy patients.
Consult with NU Athletic Department personnel, 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.
Maintain clinical records and necessary statistics of psychotherapeutic and other client contacts in the Titanium Electronic Record System.
Make referrals to off-campus therapists, clinics, or hospitals, when appropriate.
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMING (15% of time):
Provide mental performance consultation to varsity athletic teams.
Conduct mental health and wellness educational programs for student-athletes.
Conduct other outreach and educational programming, as requested, including orientation sessions for new students and parents, QPR suicide prevention training, other workshop presentations, and emergency support services to the campus community.
TRAINING (10% of time):
Supervise and participate in training experiences for masters and doctoral level graduate trainees. Provide case management and consultation to trainees, as assigned. Provide crisis management supervision to trainees, as requested.
OTHER DUTIES (5% of time):
Attend and participate in regular CAPS staff meetings, case conferences, and in-service training.
Participate in Student Affairs and other university committees, as assigned by the Associate Director.
CAPS is a dynamic unit within the Division of Student Affairs and serves as the primary mental health service at Northwestern University, with offices on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Northwestern University is a NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Big Ten Conference. CAPS is highly utilized by student-athletes and other Department of Athletics staff seeking consultation; each year over 35% of the 500 varsity student-athletes utilize clinical services, in addition to other individual- and team-related performance consultation. More information is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/counseling.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Required Application Materials
To be considered for the position (Job opening ID: 38220), applicants must submit the following materials electronically via the Northwestern University Human Resources website (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.
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.
Hold a completed doctoral-level degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited academic program, a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from a CACREP-accredited program, or a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program.
For psychologists, completion of a doctoral internship at an APA-accredited site.
Independently licensed or license-eligible (currently licensed in another state, post-doctoral hours completed prior to start date, and/or successfully passed the required examination and supervision for licensure as a LCPC or LCSW) in the State of Illinois.
Previous experience working as part of an interdisciplinary health care team at a comprehensive mental health agency.
Demonstrated experience and expertise in crisis intervention and consultation with collateral parties.
Knowledge and experience in working with the specific needs of athletes and in consulting with sports medicine professionals, coaches, and other athletics staff.
Knowledge and experience in providing mental health and performance psychology services to athletes.
Demonstrated understanding of ethical and legal issues in mental health practice.
Experience with and commitment to social justice issues and working with clients from diverse backgrounds.
1-3 years of experience post-graduate providing mental health services to college student-athletes, or serving as a primary mental health provider/consultant to a collegiate athletic department.
Knowledge and experience in providing mental health and performance psychology services to college student-athletes, and in consulting with intercollegiate sports medicine and athletics department staff.
Previous experience working in a comprehensive university counseling center, including partnering effectively and collegially on an interdisciplinary team with campus partners.
Currently licensed in the State of Illinois as a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant or equivalent training and experience.
Knowledge and experience in providing performance psychology services to athletic teams.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with athletes with eating and/or substance use concerns.
Internal Number: 38220
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.