Learning Specialist/Student Counselor I
Under supervision from and in conjunction with the Learning Specialist /Student Counselor II or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, this position creates, develops and implements academic intervention programs for groups of students and provides individual academic skills consultations and confidential mental health counseling to facilitate success in medical school. This position works on a flexible schedule to accommodate students’ class, exam and rotation commitments and to address mental health crises in a timely manner.
Specific Job Functions:
- Provide individual academic skills assessments and consultations with students under both voluntary and mandatory attendance conditions. Meet with students to assess their need for academic support services and help them develop effective habits and active learning strategies for medical school study and exam-taking. Reach out to students demonstrating academic difficulty and offer assistance. Help students with disabilities (e.g., ADHD, learning disabilities) make arrangements to apply for academic accommodations in accordance with WVSOM policy. Follow up with students as needed and maintain appropriate documentation
- Provide confidential individual counseling for students with acute stress and other personal issues that interfere with academic success. Provide mental health counseling for students within the Learning Specialist’s scope of practice. Issues outside the scope should be referred to a Learning Specialist/Student Counselor II for consultation. In consultation with a Learning Specialist/Student Counselor II, students with acute mental health and/or substance abuse problems and/or needs for psychiatric consultations will be referred to appropriate services off campus. Maintain eligibility for licensure as a professional mental health provider in West Virginia. Maintain appropriate documentation
- Under supervision, assist with the creation, development and implementation of academic support and intervention programs for groups of students, faculty and staff, for example: Self-Aware Integrated Learning (SAIL) program for repeating students; mandatory Orientation programs on active learning strategies for all first year students; workshops on a variety of topics including learning styles, stress management, and COMLEX preparation, as well as those required under grant funding (i.e., HRSA SDS)
- Respond to mental health emergencies and address mental health crises in a timely and appropriate manner, including sharing responsibility to manage the on-call telephone line
- Participate in departmental and, as appropriate, institutional committees and groups that develop programs, responses and interventions for students with academic or behavioral needs
- Performs other related duties as assigned
Earned master’s degree in counseling or related field with a minimum of two years relevant experience. As a significant majority of the incumbent’s time will be spent in teaching active learning skills, experience in this area is essential. Licensed or license eligible in WV. Successful candidate must complete their supervision and independent licensing requirements within six months of date of hire. Experience in counseling college and graduate student populations with mental health and academic issues preferred. A combination of recent and relevant experience and education may be considered.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong ability to establish rapport and therapeutic relationships with adult medical students
- Experience working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, testing and learning problems, substance use disorders, eating disorders, relationship difficulties and other conditions which may be present in a medical student class
- Familiarity with DSM-V criteria for mental disorders and experience in referral and triage to psychiatric services as needed.
- Ability to communicate and interact well with team of faculty and staff in the best interests of our students
- Experience in teaching active learning skills in various settings including to individuals, small groups and in the classroom
- Experience in planning support programs for at-risk students
- A combination of recent and related experience and education may be considered
This position will be a full-time, non-classified position with full state benefits and is exempt from FLSA provisions regarding overtime. As a non-classified employee this person will serve at the will and pleasure of the President of WVSOM. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Not all activities of this position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and will require regular evening and weekend scheduling. Some travel including overnight travel is required. This position has been designated as essential. This means that when WVSOM is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work location or to report to work to protect, recover and continue operations at WVSOM.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wvsom.edu/employment. Applications are considered confidential. The search committee will begin its review of applications upon receipt.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.