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Psychiatric Crisis Assessment Support Team (P-CAST) Clinician

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Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Counselor (Non-instructional Faculty)


The primary mission of Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) is to provide services to students and the university community that support and enhance the education of the whole person, as well as nurture a healthy and productive learning-centered campus environment.  All C&PS services are provided and designed to promote academic excellence and retention at SDSU.  Counseling & Psychological Services provides, either directly or through collaboration and referral, a variety of counseling services, (e.g., individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy), assessment and evaluation, faculty and staff consultation, and professional training/supervision, consistent with the educational mission of the university.

Under the direction of the Associate Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, the Psychiatric Crisis Assessment Support Team Clinician will act as a liaison to diverse and vulnerable populations to promote safety and prevent crime through community engagement and trust-building. This position is part of a two-year pilot project housed directly within SDSU UPD.

The position will involve the provision of the following: The full range of psychological services to students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds presenting complex psychosocial, social, personal, and family problems; crisis/suicide intervention and trauma response/debriefing; consultation, prevention education, and training services to individuals (e.g., students, faculty, staff,  parents, administrators), campus groups (e.g., student clubs, residence hall communities, fraternities, sororities) and organizational units (e.g., Associated Students, academic departments, Student Affairs Offices).

For more information regarding Counseling & Psychological Services, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, contingent position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2025, with the possibility of reappointment. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but hours for this position may vary based on operational needs.


Education and Experience

  • Possess a license-eligible doctorate in psychology, counseling, behavioral sciences, or a related academic field, or a California license to independently practice as a Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated record of success in serving and counseling students or the equivalent.
  • Multicultural and counseling approaches with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities
  • Experience with case management, brief interventions, and crisis management in a college counseling center is desired (may be substituted by experience with transitional-aged youth (TAY) populations in other settings.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience making discerning judgments regarding complex ethical and legal issues is required.

Licenses and/or Certifications Required

Candidates must possess a California license or be license-eligible to practice Psychology in California, (license must be obtained within 18 months of date of hire), or possess a California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of law enforcement’s scope of work and paramilitary work environment cultures.
  • Experience and clinical effectiveness with motivational counseling approaches
  • Trauma response debriefing capabilities
  • Candidate must have a demonstrable respect for diversity and an ability to effectively work from a multicultural perspective with people from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems. Specifically, candidate must meet at least two of the following BIE criteria:
    • Is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
    • Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
    • Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to clinical work with underrepresented students
    • Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research/practice
    • Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to research/practice that engages underrepresented communities
    • Has expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
    • Has research/practice interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

Specialized Skills

  • Previous university counseling center experience, knowledge of other University systems of case management and support services for students are highly desirable
  • Ability to identify potential barriers and empower students to access services both on and off campus
  • Outreach with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities and other traditionally underrepresented students.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will be ongoing.

Candidates are invited to submit the following items via Interfolio

  • A letter of application [OPTIONAL BUT ENCOURAGED: including an articulation of how you meet at least two Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria]
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services.

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $7,105 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,190 - $11,584 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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