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Psychotherapist, Complex Mental Health

  2024-05-29     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Cruz  

Psychotherapist, Complex Mental Health

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 68350


The largest employer in the county, rated as one of the most beautiful campuses, located on the coast overlooking Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz employs over 3,100 people in staff positions alone.

Student Health Counseling and Psychological Services is seeking dynamic Psychotherapists to provide clinical services to UCSC students in our new RISE (Resilience, Insight and Student Empowerment) Clinic. The RISE clinic is an innovative university-based model focusing on helping UCSC students with complex mental health issues who need ongoing and integrated clinical care. As part of our supportive and collaborative counseling center team, you will have the opportunity to make a profound impact by providing culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care to our diverse student body.

Opportunities available for this position include:

Hybrid remote work schedule, if desired

H1-B sponsorship

New Employee Signing Bonus

Both part-time and full-time positions are available and applicant preferences can be discussed during the interview. Additionally, a one- or two-month summer furlough is also available where the employee does not work and is not paid, but retains benefit coverage during the short work break

UC Santa Cruz staff have access to comprehensive benefits packages.

Here is sample of benefits:

Medical, Dental & Vision Care Insurance Plans

UC Retirement Plan

Group Term Life Insurance

Legal Insurance

Pet Insurance

13 Paid Holidays plus accrued vacation and sick leave

For more information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the university


Thank you for your interest in UC Santa Cruz.


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The IRD for this job is: 06-03-2024


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) Student Health Services (SHS) is a full-service health facility offering clinical, educational, counseling, and psychiatry services to students on the UCSC campus. SHS is deeply committed to ensuring affordable, well-integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare that effectively supports the university's diverse campus communities through equitable access and culturally competent, high-quality programs and services.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of mental health and psychological services to UCSC undergraduate and graduate students, including intake assessment brief individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, mental health outreach and workshop programming, consultation, and liaison relationships to support student mental health and well-being.

Other departments include Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP), home of the Condom Co-op; CARE (Center for Advocacy, Resources, & Empowerment), the advocacy and prevention education office that supports survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence; and Student Insurance Programs.

Student Health Services employs approximately 150 staff including physicians, psychiatrists, case managers, lab scientists, pharmacists, nurses, radiologists, and many other clinical and administrative staff. SHS welcomes staff with interest and experience in working with students with a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and gender identities.

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The Psychotherapist reports to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and is assigned duties by the Director as specified herein. The Psychotherapist provides high-quality clinical services, outreach and educational programming, and consultation services and may supervise/train doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows.

In discharging these duties, the Psychotherapist is expected to be knowledgeable, skilled, and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of psychological services to students with diverse and intersecting identities.

The Psychotherapist's activities are performed within the limits of standards and ethical principles of their licensure board as well as applicable legal mandates for mental health professionals in the State of California.

As part of an innovative program designed to provide clinical services to UCSC students with complex and high-acuity mental health conditions, this position provides both brief and extended therapy, crisis assessment and intervention, and group support for students in need of intensive, focused, and integrated care.


Budgeted Salary: $94,440-$122,189/Annually, proportionate to time worked. Salary commensurate with years of licensed experience as well as specialized skills and qualifications.

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

• Full-time, Fixed

• Percentage of Time: 50% to 100%, 20-40 hours per week (Summer furlough possible)

• Days of the Week: Mon-Fri

• Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Residual Health Care (HX)

Job Code Classification: BEH HEALTH COUNSELOR 3 HX (004459)

Travel: Never or Rarely


75% - Direct Service

• Provides brief and long-term counseling and psychotherapy for undergraduate and graduate students (individuals and couples) with a broad range and complexity of psychological problems and diagnoses.

• Provides triage and intake assessment.

• Provides crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization.

• Provides case management and referral services, including facilitating treatment planning to outside referrals for a higher level of care.

• Conducts group therapy, psychoeducational groups, and drop-in groups.

• Works collaboratively with CAPS and SHS providers, campus partners, off-campus mental health professionals, and community resources to meet students' mental health needs.

• Determines the need for other professional interventions and refers as necessary.

• Provides consultation to staff, faculty, administrators, and campus partners regarding psychological well-being of students.

• Provide backup consultation for the After-Hours Crisis Services.

25% - Indirect Service

• Participates regularly in CAPS committees and workgroups in a cooperative and professional manner in efforts to maintain and upgrade the quality of service of CAPS.

• Maintains accurate and timely clinical documentation.

• Promotes a safe and healthy workplace and effectively responds to injuries that occur.


• Valid California license in good standing in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

• Master's degree in related area

• Demonstrated clinical experience with individuals using both brief and long-term therapy models

• Demonstrated strong clinical and crisis management skills, including ability to work with high acuity students with complex mental health needs and diagnoses

• Experience facilitating psychotherapy and psycho-educational groups

• Demonstrated experience, skills, and expertise providing multiculturally responsive and trauma informed clinical services to individuals with diverse and intersecting identities

• Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and stated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of psychological services in a university or college setting

• Demonstrated expertise with developmental and mental health issues of late adolescence

• Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and to effectively collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to be an effective team member and evidence of professional behavior

• Strong planning and organizational skills

• Ability to use computer-based electronic health records and scheduling software


• Counseling experience in a college/university setting

• Experience working with underserved and marginalized populations relevant to the UCSC student body

• Experience with DBT treatment modalities


• Valid California license in good standing in Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy, or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

• Must possess CPR/First Aid/AED certification or have the ability to obtain it within 60-calendar days of hire.

• Selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a pre-hire criminal history background check and a pre-hire credentialing check.

• The selected candidate has the option to work a hybrid work schedule. If a hybrid work schedule is confirmed, the selected candidate must be able to work successfully from a home/remote office and be able to fulfill the requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.

• Selected Candidate will be required to take HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility) training within 30 days of hire

• Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.

• Job will require occasional working of non-traditional hours.

• Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.

• Will be required to comply with current Student Health Center employee health safety requirements for health care workers as defined by state and federal regulatory agencies; current health safety requirements to be discussed during interview

• The University of California has implemented a covering all employees. Employees, including new hires, are required to comply with any applicable policies relating to the University of California vaccine program.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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