The Coordinator of the CMHC specialization reports to the Director of sport and performance psychology. The CMHC Coordinator provides oversight of the following CMHC specialization personnel:

  • CMHC specialization counseling faculty
  • Clinical counseling course facilitators
  • Clinical counseling teaching assistants
  • Any associated staff/non-faculty support personnel

Summary Description:
The Coordinator of clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) is responsible for the ongoing development and collaborative management of the clinical mental health counseling specialization operations, counseling curricula assessment, program advising, conducting student interviews, teaching clinical practicums within CMHC specialization, supervising clinical counseling internships, counseling personnel, and processes relevant to the program’s success. The Coordinator and all SPP faculty members must be familiar with and abide by the current AASP ethics code and AASP ethical principles and standards, which are available online at http://www.appliedsportpsych.org/about/ethics/.

Summary of Duties:

  • Teach a minimum of 2 counseling courses per quarter.
  • Maintain current supervisory status for licensure
  • Review existing courses and oversee further development of counseling specialization courses, practicums, and internships
  • Oversee CMHC curriculum mapping and assessment to meet counseling licensure, programmatic (CACREP), and regional accreditation standards
  • In conjunction with SPP program director, review existing counseling core courses
  • Review CMHC internship manual and other related materials
  • Conduct counseling program student interviews, serve as advisor for clinical mental health counseling specialization students
  • Teach on campus counseling practicums
  • Supervise counseling practicum courses and internships
  • Recruit SPP and counseling students via athlete network, in person, and through other university events.
  • Assist with building relationships and setting up potential articulation agreements with other counseling programs such as Portland State, Lewis & Clark, etc.
  • Assist with establishing counseling center location and potential collaborations with other counseling programs. Universities who have existing master degrees, but limited doctoral opportunities will be ideal.

Primary Responsibilities:

I. Personnel Management:
1. Supervise CMHC specialization faculty and staff to ensure the smooth coordination, implementation, and effective delivery of teaching and learning
2. Coordinate timely recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation of qualified faculty members and staff for the program. Provide orientation to the program for newly hired faculty, course facilitators, and teaching assistants
3. In conjunction with SPP Director, establish quarterly and annual schedule of course offerings and associated faculty teaching assignments
4. In conjunction with SPP Director, coordinate faculty, course facilitator, and teaching assistant contracts and payroll processing with human resources
5. Investigate, evaluate and collaborate with SPP Director regarding faculty and instructor performance matters
6. Ensure employee compliance with the UWS policies and other university employment requirements
7. Strive to maintain a harmonious, productive work environment for faculty and staff
8. Work collaboratively with other divisions and personnel

II. Program Management:
1. Manage and oversee day-to-day operations making sure that resources, processes, schedules, and personnel are available to ensure the program’s success.
2. Oversee counseling programmatic assessment plans and accreditation procedures for the American Counseling Association (ACA), and CACREP. Ensure counseling curricula stays current to meet clinical mental health counseling and national licensure requirements.
3. Stay current with Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification requirements.
4. Identify clinical internship field experience opportunities with schools, agencies, and practices. Secures and monitors agreements, and establishes regular meetings with designated sites to foster positive partnerships.
5. Coordinate placement processes for students to connect with prospective field experience sites
6. Participate in pertinent university committees and organized groups to ensure integration of the program into the culture of the university.
7. Oversee individual course and program content to ensure that program relevance and learning objectives are being met.
8. Ensure that faculty and/or other personnel assigned to program teaching and learning activities apply best practices to satisfy the needs of the program through high-quality instruction. Oversee timely and accurate submission of grades.
9. Develop and maintain an up to date curriculum map for the SPP program, along with program learning objectives. Create and maintain longitudinal tracking documentation for programmatic improvement efforts, measuring/documenting outcomes of changes to determine effectiveness.
10. Effect curriculum changes in accordance with university policy, practices and the expectations of the dean to promote the program’s status as a top-quality learning experience for students.
11. Work closely with the director of Academic Support and Training as well as program faculty in the planning, implementation and continuous improvement of new and existing distance learning programs/courses.
12. Supervise clinical mental health counseling specialization and oversee clinical mental health counseling faculty and evaluations.
13. Assist SPP Director with integrated curricula and review of counseling programmatic accreditation.
14. Collaborate with other program directors regarding the delivery and scheduling of shared courses.
15. Participate in the quality improvement of the program, addressing problems and weaknesses in a timely manner. Perform quality assessments as consistent with programmatic, clinical care standards and institutional needs.
16. Work with the dean when necessary to investigate, evaluate, and resolve student disciplinary matters.
17. Efficient time management to allow for full engagement with students (including timeliness in grading, feedback, and direct communication).
18. Designing and reviewing high level CMHC interactive online graduate courses
19. Ensuring that CMHC students meet all learning objectives as outlined in course descriptions, syllabi, and program assessment maps.
20. Participates with annual SPP recruiting and admissions activities as appropriate.

III. Scholarship
Produce, disseminate, and advance scientific knowledge in areas that benefit the mission of the university and are related to areas such as counseling, sport and performance psychology, and improving health through individual effort, and through promoting scholarship among faculty and students of the program.

IV. Planning, Budgeting and Leadership:
1. Collaborate with the SPP director and dean in strategic and operational planning for the program.
2. Keep the SPP director and dean informed of operations, concerns and ongoing efforts on behalf of the program, including faculty, staff, external audiences and partners with the program.
3. Work with the office of public relations, communications and marketing as well as admissions to develop effective webpage/s, marketing and promotional materials and events for the program as needed.
4. Prepare and submit annual operational and capital budgets for the CMHC portion of SPP program. Manage the CMHC specialization operational, personnel, and capital budgets, working collaboratively with SPP director to meet the program’s budgetary goals.
5. Further establish collaborative relationships with other universities and/or external organizations and individuals to ensure sufficient volume of practicums and clinical training opportunities for students.
6. Maintain the program in compliance with regulatory, accreditation, and relevant recognition bodies for the practice of ethical counseling and psychological services.
7. Work with university senior administration to achieve all relevant accreditation processes. Assist in the preparation of self-study materials for program evaluation. Ensure that the program conforms to relevant board certification requirements for various jurisdictions.
8. Represent the program to appropriate external organizations, groups and individuals. Attend national specialty meetings on behalf of the institution as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS: (Knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform job.)

  • Significant experience with counseling programmatic assessment and accreditation procedures for American Counseling Association (ACA) and CACREP.
  • Working knowledge of clinical mental health counseling and licensure requirements.
  • Working knowledge of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) ethical standards and certification requirements.
  • Experience supervising counselors and teaching at the graduate level is required.
  • Educational background, professional credentials and clinical experience required for courses related to counseling licensure and accreditation.
  • Must meet the CMHC licensure requirements to supervise student practicums and internships.
  • Ability to use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality and shared governance.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize/execute plans and resource management to achieve desired outcomes. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with distance learning theory and best practices is preferred.
  • Must be computer proficient and familiar with word processing, email, search engines, web browsing, etc.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and assume responsibility in decision making.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to a changing environment and learn new systems and processes.
  • Willingness and ability to follow and hold others accountable to university policy.
  • Working Knowledge of counseling privacy and other protocols including HIPPA and FERPA as they apply to student records and field experiences.

REQUIREMENTS: (Education, Training & Experience) 
1. Integrated Philosophy and UWS Fit

  • The successful candidate must be a champion of UWS’s unique approach of integrating sport psychology and counseling education together. Must have a strong desire and willingness to be creative and flexible to help integrated sport psychology and counseling curricula fit accreditation and licensure needs.

2. Education and Training

  • Clinical counseling or terminal doctoral degree
  • Counseling licensure (LPC, LMHC) or licensed psychologist required
  • Significant clinical counseling practicum and internship supervision experience
  • Current CC-AASP status or eligibility for CC-AASP certification

3. Instructional experience and skills

  • Prior classroom or online teaching experience
  • Enthusiastic/passionate about subject and sharing knowledge
  • Proficient at using technology and quick leaner of Moodle LMS platform
  • Expert in APA style and written communications to students
  • Flexible and open to learning new teaching techniques
  • Recognize the value of online learning as equivalent to the classroom model
  • Online teaching or Quality Matters training/certification preferred.

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