Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to address the unique needs of art and design students with the goal of improving their emotional, interpersonal, and academic functioning. CAPS offers clinical services such as initial assessment, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and case disposition along with training outreach and consultation to the community.
CAPS is seeking a Director of Counseling and Psychological Services who will be responsible for overseeing the provision of services that address the psychological and psychiatric needs of the students of Rhode Island School of Design, including needs assessment and evaluation, individual and group counseling/psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation and treatment services, 24-hour coverage for mental health emergencies, and crisis intervention throughout the calendar year. This role reports to the Executive Director of Integrated Health and Wellness and provides vision and leadership for CAPS, and through the hiring and supervision of staff and consultants, assures the provision of high quality, culturally competent clinical and outreach services that are consistent with the highest ethical standards.
The Director is responsible for creating consistent operating principles and ensuring collaboration with others in achieving the strategic goals of the college and the Division of Student Affairs, as well as collaborating with other departments within Student Affairs as well as other campus partners, the Director advises on situations and policies having a mental health component. This position also serves as one of the key Directors in the Division of Student Affairs.
This position actively engages other campus leaders such as, the Director of Health Services and other members of Student Affairs to develop, evaluate, recommend, and implement, as approved, comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and principles.
Hire, train, evaluate and provide vision, skilled leadership, and clinical oversight to and management of the staff, and consultants in CAPS. Conduct regular CAPS meetings for planning, administration, and staff supervision. This includes providing clinical supervision to staff and completing mid-year and final evaluations.
Oversee and manage counseling services, including development of appropriate procedures and systems. Initiate and manage referral programs appropriate to the student needs. Together with the CAPS case manager, liaise with community mental health professionals in hospitals, private practice, agencies, and surrounding colleges and universities. Assure the provision of culturally appropriate services to diverse populations of students. Assure compliance with current licensing regulations, professional ethics and confidentiality standards.
In collaboration with the Health Educator, design and assist with implementation of programming related to wellness. Provide education and training to the RISD community regarding mental health issues, CAPS services, and student success, based on industry-standard best practices.
Manage the CAPS budget and purchasing operations.
Responsible for the delivery and management of daytime and on-call emergency services. Provide urgent consultation as appropriate to students referred by College faculty, staff, parents/ family to assess safety and recommend plans for treatment and follow-up. Provide recommendations as appropriate regarding medical leave and return from medical leave. Offer consultation and training to faculty and staff regarding students of concern. Participate in student of concern and medical readmit meetings.
When appropriate, conduct needs assessments, organize and lead time-limited individual therapy, facilitate off-campus referrals, and provide outreach services, depending on administrative demands.
Maintain accurate and timely electronic records using RISD's electronic medical record system (Titanium). Run reports, standard and ad-hoc, from electronic medical record program to help manage clinical demand and to inform policymaking and other administrative decisions. Provide other assessment and planning documentation when necessary.
Manage Protocall Services procedures and serve as the after-hours on-call counselor with the Assistant Director, Training. Update policy additions/changes based on experiences with the current protocol and a variety of student situations.
Doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program is preferred. Must be licensed in Rhode Island or be license-eligible and obtain Rhode Island licensure within 6 months of hire. Knowledge of student development theory and psychological/college counseling trends and literature preferred. Commitment to the developmental orientation of CAPS.
Seven to ten years' experience working in mental health settings, with several years working in college mental health, with leadership experience. Experience and skill in the delivery of appropriate clinical, outreach, and consultative services to diverse populations of students. Commitment to working with diverse clients including international students, individuals from ethnically / racially diverse backgrounds, and individuals representing various sexual orientations and gender identities. An appreciation for the arts and the artist's mind and view of the world.
Successful experience in administration of a psychological care center including experience with strategic planning, program planning, budgeting, and personnel matters. Well-developed skills of team management, coalition building, and operation in interdisciplinary environments. Highly effective interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to leadership. Ability to articulate a comprehensive philosophy of psychological services and to provide leadership in the assessment of programs and services. Ability to work collaboratively with Health Services and Health Education staff to create an integrated model of wellness.
Ability to identify and implement digital technology tools to enhance mental health services. Demonstrated experience with computer information systems, Titanium preferred. Must be accessible after hours for consultation with front-line clinicians and administrators.
Experience managing response to crisis situations. Experience working as part of a Student Affairs support team, and experience navigating complex, decentralized environments.
35 hours per week
Documents Needed to Apply:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.