This Director of the University Counseling Center serves as a strategic member of the Health and Wellness Unit. The Director administers the University Counseling Center (UCC), an essential and vibrant department in the Division of Student Affairs that provides individual and group psychological counseling, outreach, consultation, and crisis intervention services to a university population of approximately 12,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Director functions as the chief administrator of a staff of fourteen psychologists (two psychologists embedded in Athletics), two clinical social workers, a consulting psychiatrist, a consulting nutritionist, three doctoral interns, three practicum counselors, and 3.5 administrative assistants. Temporary, on-call mental health providers are also hired by the Director during the academic year. The Director administers the budget, recruits, hires, supervises, and evaluates staff, and functions as the chief psychologist for the department. The Director provides creative leadership for the UCC, developing, overseeing, and implementing policies governing programs, service delivery, organizational changes and initiatives, innovations, and general operations. Acting as the primary mental health consultant for the campus, the Director interacts with faculty, staff, and concerned third parties about student mental health concerns, while establishing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative relationships with other Student Affairs units, academic departments, and the campus community. The Director is a member of various University and Division Committees, including the CARE Team, the Threat and Assessment Management Team, the University Readmissions Committee, the University Wellness Committee, the Human Life Team of the EOC, and the Drug-Testing Oversight Committee for Student-Athletes. The Director oversees the inaugural training experience for graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program of the Psychology Department, as well as the capstone APA accredited doctoral internship training program housed at the UCC. The Director ensures that the UCC contributes to the overall mission of the University of Notre Dame and that its services and training conform to the relevant laws of the State of Indiana and Ethical Standards of the American Psychological Association.
The Director provides vision and leadership in the development of the department’s strategic plans and structures the implementation of the department’s goals and objectives. The Director recruits, hires, supervises, and evaluates professional staff, approves the hiring of support staff and the selection of practicum counselors and interns prepares and monitors the budget, ensuring effective stewardship of university resources. The Director represents the department to the Vice President for Student Affairs and to the Associate Vice President for Student Services. The Director approves all clinical/administrative decisions which involve the recommendation for withdrawal of students with psychological problems or the re-admission of students who wish to return after being on medical/psychological leave. It is the Director’s job to handle questions or provide statistical data about services that come from University faculty, staff, University administrators, parents, media, and other professionals in the mental health field.
The Director provides oversight of clinical (direct or indirect) services to students who seek help at the UCC. Services include individual psychological counseling, group counseling, and clinical consultation. The problems that students present range from developmental concerns to major mental disorders. The Director also consults with faculty and staff regarding the assessment of students who have not sought help but are judged to be in psychological distress. The Director consults with or oversees consultation with other medical and psychological service providers around the country either to enhance treatment at the UCC or to ensure continuity of care should the students be referred elsewhere. It is also the Director’s responsibility to assure alternate sources of psychological services for students who, for a variety of reasons, are not seen at UCC.
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