Vanderbilt University Mental Health Clinician III, University Counseling Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Mental Health Clinician III, University Counseling Center (Job Number: 1800973)


About the Position: Vanderbilt University has an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Clinician III in our University Counseling Center. In this role you will perform diagnostic assessment and therapeutic treatment for university students and post-doctoral fellows, perform crisis intervention, act as a liaison between patients and both university and community resources, refer patients and families to appropriate mental health services, and comply with departmental and agency standards.

About Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

Characteristic duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing assessment and short-term counseling services to Vanderbilt University students and post-docs, the development of treatment plans, and the conceptualization of clinical presentations that take into account unique aspects of identity.

  • Acting as the leader over one of the University Counseling Center’s specialty teams, conducting clinical assessments and implementing treatment according UCC standards.

Key Functions and Expected Performance :

  • Responsible for providing clinical practice management.

  • Manage diverse and complex cases within the University Counseling Center.

  • Take a leadership role in the functioning of the Center’s various specialty teams (i.e., eating disorder, trauma, alcohol and other drug, etc.), utilizing clinical skills and communicating with campus partners in the care of students utilizing the program.

  • Provide treatment and direction in the use of Biofeedback and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

  • Participate in suicide prevention initiatives within the clinical enterprise.

  • Conduct clinical assessments demonstrating diagnostic abilities with minimal consultation as evidenced by clinical outcomes and clinical participation in the case conference.

  • Plan and implement treatment with minimal consultation. Use of clear protocol for treatment planning.

  • Comply with UCC standards for documentation of notes, treatment plans, and communication among providers.

  • Communicate with community agencies and parents/ families as appropriate.

  • Communicate with campus partners including the Student Network of Care staff, the Department of Psychiatry, and VPH effectively and demonstrate appropriate decision making regarding communication.

  • Collaborate with team members including medical providers, other therapists, and student health as appropriate.

  • Provide clinical supervision for Mental Health Clinician 1 staff members

  • Responsible for providing professional leadership within the UCC programs.

  • Participate in and provide effective supervision of trainees within the system, elucidating opportunities for shadowing by trainees when appropriate.

  • Effectively document supervision and assessment of trainees; participate in peer supervision and consultation when appropriate. Provide leadership in development of groups and program tracks within the UCC.

  • Contribute to problem solving regarding challenges to systems development at the UCC. Participate in protocol development.

  • Participate in professional organizations including opportunities for professional education.

  • Represent leadership when interacting with campus partners.

  • Participate in clinical performance improvement projects within the UCC such as:

  • Suicide prevention project(s).

  • Clinical service development for specialty tracks (multicultural competence, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, consultation re: sexual development, etc.).

  • Educational innovations.

Supervisory Relationships :

This position supervises entry-level mental health clinician and trainees at the UCC, providing work direction and evaluation; this position reports administratively to the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the University Counseling Center.

Experience and Education :

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in counseling or other mental health related field is necessary.

  • A minimum of 5 years of equivalent professional employment is necessary.

  • A license in Clinical Social Work or as a Licensed Professional Counselor is necessary.

  • Licensure within Tennessee is necessary.

  • Experience working with eating disorders and dual diagnosis is necessary.

  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team is necessary.

  • Experience in providing evidence-based treatments is necessary.

  • Experience providing clinical supervision to master’s level counselors working towards licensure is strongly preferred.

  • Training and experience with trauma-focused approaches is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with patients/ clients from diverse backgrounds is strongly preferred.

  • Experience /commitment to working with diverse individuals and communities from varying backgrounds is necessary.

  • Working knowledge of the mission and goals of a Dean of Students office including student support services, student organizations, programming, and residential colleges is preferred.

  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication, including public speaking and group meeting facilitation is preferred.

  • Ability to function in an acute care clinic for assessment and management of clinical emergencies is preferred.

  • Effective interpersonal skills to form and maintain meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and all stakeholders is preferred.

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Dean of Students Mark Bandas have identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health as top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Candidates must be able to articulate and demonstrate excellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.

This position requires a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in counseling or other mental health related field.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

A license in Clinical Social Work or as a Licensed Professional Counselor is necessary.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30100 - Dean of Students: Office of the Dean

Job: Health Science Professionals