2047 Mental Health Clinician-Substance Use Specialist


TITLE Mental Health Clinician-Substance Use Specialist




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Counseling Center


The Mental Health Clinician-Substance Use Specialist is a member of the Counseling Center staff whose primary responsibility is providing substance use education, prevention, assessment, intervention, consultation, counseling, and referral services. The Mental Health Clinician-Substance Use Specialist also provides counseling to University students with psychological or educational concerns.


Education: A master's degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or a mental health discipline is required at time of hire; a doctorate in psychology, counseling, or a mental health discipline is preferred.

Experience: Prior experience of at least one year as a mental health clinician, or clinical experience working as a graduate student, intern and/or practicum student for a minimum of 18 months is required. Trauma-focused training and experience is required. Skills: The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Licensure: Must be professionally licensed in the mental health field in Missouri or be eligible and actively pursuing licensure or must be credentialed in the area of substance use counseling or be eligible and actively pursuing substance use counseling credentials.


1. Facilitates the optimal functioning and well-being of University students by providing individual, couples, and group counseling.

2. Ensures that the concerns of clients are addressed in an appropriate manner through psychological assessment procedures and making referrals when indicated.

3. Promotes responsible care of Counseling Center clients by maintaining documentation of client contacts, consultations, and referrals in accordance with professional guidelines.

4. Ensures that the needs of students are addressed in emergency situations by providing crisis intervention services during office hours and after hours as needed.

5. Provides educational workshops by participating in proactive outreach programming.

6. Obtains additional relevant information and promotes self-understanding with clients by suggesting and interpreting substance use assessments and psychological and vocational tests.

7. Facilitates an understanding of substance use issues as well as psychological issues and concerns by serving as a consultant for the University and the greater community; coordinates with Student Conduct Office to facilitate the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS) and substance use assessments.

8. Ensures that services are provided in an ethical and responsible manner by providing training and supervision for graduate students, support staff, student workers, and paraprofessionals.

9. Provides clinical supervision for non-credentialed staff who operate under the supervisor’s license.

10. Maintains and enhances the quality and relevance of services provided by the Center through on-going evaluation of all services.

11. Remains knowledgeable about current trends in substance use disorders, dependency, counseling, psychotherapy, and student development by participating in professional development through presentations, publications and memberships in professional organizations and obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as required by the state licensing and regulatory boards.

12. Ensures optimal operations of the Counseling Center by conferring with the Director regarding administrative policies and procedures of the Center and the University.

13. Provides input and remains current on operations of the Counseling Center by attending staff meetings.

14. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

15. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

16. Contributes to overall functioning of the Counseling Center by completing all other tasks which are assigned by the Director, Counseling Center.


The Mental Health Clinician-Substance Use Specialist provides supervision for interns, graduate students, and other staff as needed.