Reporting to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Mental Health, Wellness and Performance, the Counselor will provide general psychological services (sport psychology, evaluation, treatment and education) to student-athletes. Incumbent will provide consultation and relevant training to coaches, athletic trainers, and other athletic department staff. Performs other duties as assigned.
-Provides individual counseling for common psychological issues such as: anxiety/depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, grief, sexual trauma, and personality disorders.
-Facilitate/co-facilitate psychoeducational support groups addressing issues that impact student athletes such as: grief/loss, injury, transition.
-Provide wellness checks and support for student-athletes.
-Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings with sports medicine staff.
-Deliver team sport psychology training to enhance performance and student athlete mental readiness in practice, training and competition.
-Provide individual mental training for student-athletes to develop and strengthen: confidence, attention, motivation, imagery skills, control and composure.
-Coordinate delivery of substance use/abuse education and treatment.
-Support TUWell initiatives to increase awareness of mental health disorders, reduce stigma around mental health disorders and to promote total wellness for student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
-Participate in student-athlete orientations by introducing TUWell mental health services and how to access these services.
-Assist with crisis intervention according to the TUWell critical incident plan.
-Participate in relevant special projects and meetings.
-Provide presentations for student-athletes, coaches, and Athletic Department staff members as requested by the Intercollegiate Athletics staff.
-Maintain treatment plans, and progress notes.
-Coordinate and maintain good standing with licensure and accreditation organizations.
-Understand and comply with state statutes governing the ethical provision of psychological care, as well as those rules governing the NCAA.
-Follow protocol and procedures for effective communication of student-athlete issues with the necessary departmental staff.
-Develop and maintain relationships with organizational units at Temple University that can assist and/or enhance the mental health services provided to student-athletes.
-Develop and maintain good standing with businesses, community groups, and organizations at the local, state, and national levels to further relationships and enhance programs for students, staff, and faculty.
-Participate in continuing education and professional association activities related to performance of job functions and the maintenance of skills.
Required Education & Experience:
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology, or Social Work; two (2) to four (4) years of experience in intercollegiate athletics or five (5) years in a clinical setting; expertise in one or more of the following areas is required: stress management, substance abuse and alcohol education, eating disorders, crisis management, depression, anxiety, grief, identity crisis and other psychological issues related to injury and rehabilitation in competitive athletes. Licensed in the State of Pennsylvania as a counselor or social worker within six months to one year of employment. Licensure must be maintained as a condition of employment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills & Abilities:
*Knowledge of psychotherapy and clinical/counseling psychology.
*Commitment to diversity and demonstrated competency in multicultural counseling skills.
*Ensures all assigned tasks are in compliance with University and NCAA rules.
*Knowledge of psychological testing standards and principles.
*Personal qualities and skills that enable effective interaction with the sport medicine staff, athletic department, colleagues, administrators, faculty, and student-athletes.
*Knowledge of and adherence to professional, legal, ethical, and professional standards endorsed by licensing professional organization.
*Ability to work autonomously to conceptualize, diagnose problems, and implement appropriate treatment solutions.
*Ability to make accurate judgments concerning the physical, emotional, and educational welfare of student-athletes.
*Ability to educate and present to the athletic department community a wide variety of psychological topics.
*Ability to present and represent Temple University at local, national, and international conferences.
*Knowledge of community-based mental health resources.
*Strong work ethic.
*Ability to work evenings and weekend hours.
*Ability to travel.
*Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work.
*Specialized training in sport psychology, kinesiology, and/or AASP certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant(CMPC)
In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.