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Staff Therapist

Columbia College Chicago



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Job description

Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations. We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives. We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.

Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for a Staff Therapist.


Under general guidelines, as determined by the Director of Counseling Services, the Staff Therapist offers short term counseling for students with behavioral, adjustment and/or learning difficulties that interfere with academic success. This position provides crisis intervention and emergency referral for students in immediate need of professional counseling assistance. The position interfaces with students and parents and works collaboratively with college faculty, staff and service providers from outside agencies and organizations.


  • Provide direct counseling and mental health services to students with a range of mental, behavioral, and emotional needs within the established, short-term counseling model. Services include initial contact, ongoing individual, couples, and group counseling sessions, and crisis management.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, behavioral patterns. Observe, interview, and survey clients and consult and interface with all relevant sources to obtain information, as appropriate (parents, faculty and staff).
  • Work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations.
  • Assess clients for risk and respond to crisis situations.
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals
  • Fill-out and maintain case files and records, including federal- and state-mandated forms and progress notes and maintain confidentiality of records.
  • Participate in the design and facilitate programming and outreach efforts. Advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of clients.
  • Develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with students, parents, administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Build and maintain a network of mental health professionals, agencies, hospitals, etc. to provide resources to students.
  • Work with Student Success staff and faculty to integrate Counseling Services into an array of early warning systems.
  • Train and supervise master’s level clinical interns/externs.
  • Participate in meetings and serve on various college committees as requested.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.




  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related discipline.
  • Professional licensure and/or certification in the state of IL (LCPC/LCSW)
  • Three years of post-master experience in a supervised clinical setting, providing personal counseling, intervention, and referral for college age students including students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of theories and foundations of counseling.
  • Thorough knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning and motivation.
  • Thorough knowledge of diagnostic/ psychological testing methodologies.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for treatment, and rehabilitation of mental dysfunctions.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and standards of professional conduct.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, social trends and influences, and ethnicity and cultures.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Skill in using logic and reasoning to determine pros and cons of alternative solutions.
  • Skill in using related systems and equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain relationships and trust.
  • Ability to listen attentively, understand information, and ask appropriate questions.
  • Ability to convey information and ideas effectively.
  • Ability to recognize problems, combine pieces of information to form conclusions and develop practical and innovative solutions to clients’ problems.
  • Ability to counsel and work effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse population.
  • Ability to effectively assess information and use professional judgement to identify students-at-risk.
  • Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to exert patience, compassion, and empathy.
  • Ability to support a welcoming, student-centered culture of inclusion.
  • Ability to apply professional integrity and discretion and handle confidential information.
  • Ability to work a varied work schedule including evenings.
  • Knowledge of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Knowledge of community based social service, mental health, and support agencies or facilities and their functions.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

​​​​​​​At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

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