Drug and Alcohol Counselor, AOD Specialist

Villanova University

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Posting Number: 20212708S

Position Title: Drug and Alcohol Counselor, AOD Specialist

Position Type: Staff

Location: Villanova, PA

Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants

Work Schedule: full-time/10-months

Avg Hours Week

Department: 321-University Counseling Center

Position Summary

The Drug and Alcohol Counselor, AOD Specialist functions within the University Counseling Center to provide counseling, group sessions, and evaluation for students who are struggling with substance use issues. This professional must be skilled in providing affirmative, sex-positive, culturally sensitive counseling, with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (LGBTQIA+ issues) and intersectionality. Students may self-refer or be referred by the Dean of Students Office, Health Promotion, the Student Health Center, or other University departments. The Drug and Alcohol Counselor coordinates and manages concerns and referrals related to drug and alcohol use from the Dean of Students Office and will work with other University students as time permits. In addition, the Drug and Alcohol Counselor coordinates and implements a comprehensive alcohol and drug educational outreach and prevention program for Villanova students, in collaboration with other areas, and provides mental health resources to the University community on substance use and related concerns.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Provide evaluation, intervention, counseling, and referral services for students with alcohol use and substance use issues and for other students at the University. Engage in short-term individual and group counseling for students with substance use (and related) concerns. Must be available for crisis consultations or appointments both daytime and after-hours as required. Comply with appropriate note-taking and supervision needs related to client caseload.
  • Provide outreach and education on substance use and abuse issues with a focus on related mental health concerns and support. Assist with more general mental health and well-being education and outreach on campus (with students, faculty and staff) offered by the Counseling Center on a variety of topics.
  • Refer students to off-campus resources, as appropriate, and consult with families and off-campus treating professionals as indicated and with releases to support and follow-up with students with AOD issues. Consult with the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life, Health Promotion, and other offices as appropriate to support students and substance use-related issues on campus.
  • Participate in Counseling Center staff meetings, consultations, supervision, and professional development with colleagues.
  • Perform other duties and assist with projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s in Psychology, Counseling or Social Work, required with appropriate license with specialization in the assessment and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug use.
  • Appropriate expertise and experience in working with AOD clients, ideally with young adults and/or college students.
  • Demonstrated experience providing identity-affirming, racially and culturally sensitive therapy and counseling in an outpatient setting with a relatively healthy group of clients, excellent clinical skills, and Psychodynamic or insight-orientation.
  • Experience with crisis intervention and the ability to conduct risk assessments and manage potentially high-risk clients, and ability to refer students whose treatment needs exceed the work of a short-term counseling center to off-campus providers.
  • Ability to handle a significant caseload and to manage several tasks at the same time.
  • Skilled facilitator of psychoeducational programs.
  • Specific knowledge of substance use disorder, its impact on young adults, and how best to evaluate, consult, and counsel students to support their well-being.
  • Familiarity with psychodynamic principles and ability to provide short-term insight-orientated therapy. Make use of all methodologies appropriate for students with AOD issues.
  • Ability to form therapeutic relationships with students within a short-term model.
  • Strong ability to consult with administrators, faculty, Dean of Students, students’ families, and other health/mental health professionals.
  • Ability to interact in a collegial yet ethically boundaried way with other staff members within and beyond the Counseling Center.
  • Flexibility to engage with the multiple venues in which counselors are needed on a college campus, including activities beyond the typical 9am – 5pm workday schedule.
  • Ability to establish and maintain psychoeducational programming for students, faculty, staff, in various departments across the University, in consultation with the Center’s Director.
  • At least three years’ experience working with young adult/college-age population with substance use difficulties.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; Strong interpersonal skills; Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with college students, parents, and off-campus professionals; excellent organizational and planning skills; ability to collaborate with professional and administrative support staff; appreciation for the mission and values of Catholic Higher Education. Overall, this position requires utmost respect for confidentiality, sensitivity to private information, and spirit of collaboration.
  • Strong computer literacy in word-processing and data-management programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Psychology preferred, with current psychologist license, along with AOD specialization.

Physical Requirements And/or Unusual Work Hours

The University Counseling Center interacts extensively with students, faculty, staff, and students’ family members. The Counseling Center can be a busy work environment with multiple peak periods of work activity across the calendar year. Constituents, who include students, their parents/guardians, and members of the University community, call frequently with questions or concerns that must be addressed with courtesy and accuracy.

Special Message To Applicants

Applications must include copy of transcripts and contact information for three references who will be contacted to submit confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted.

Posting Date: 07/15/2021

Closing Date (11:59pm ET):

Salary Posting Information

Commensurate with experience.

Salary Band: I

Job Classification: exempt

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Maximum Number of References Needed 3

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