Job Details

Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 3251294
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Psychology

Mental Health Clinician/Sports Psychologist

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a Division I and Big Ten Conference Institution, is seeking a Mental Health Clinician/ Sports Psychologist.

Responsibilities & Duties Include:
  • Provides clinical services to clients - individual, couples, group/workshop, and online formats with emphasis on treatment to student-athletes.
  • Conducts and manages mental health assessments/screenings and makes recommendations for treatment modality.
  • Generates/implements treatment plans from evidence-based approaches.
  • Provides crisis intervention and emergency services on-site and through on-call system.
  • Engages in consultation relative to internal and external psychological needs.
  • Documents, reports, and maintains confidential records and information in compliance with all applicable laws and professional ethical standards.
  • May provide applied sport psychology services related to athletic performance improvement of student-athletes including services focused on individual mental skills training, team building, communication, leadership, and injury rehabilitation.

Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Excellent case management skills.
  • Considerable knowledge and experience in consulting/crisis intervention, workshop presentation and training/supervision of interns or hourly staff.
  • Clinically supervises doctoral psychology interns and may clinically supervise unlicensed mental health professionals.
  • Evidence of outstanding skills in clinical assessment, psychotherapy, crisis management, and psycho-education.
  • A solid understanding of boundaries and professional ethics.
  • Ability to problem-solve, handle sensitive information and nuanced situations.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary interdepartmental team.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Able to communicate well and build rapport quickly with students, coaches, and staff.
  • Able to demonstrate ability to work well with a diverse group of clients.
  • Collaborate to meet the mental health and team building needs of our student-athletes and sport programs.
  • Committed to confidentiality regulated by university, state, and federal rules and regulations.

Educational/Certification Requirements:
  • Doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program with state of Pennsylvania licensure as a Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology within the six months of employment.
  • Licensure: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Two years of experience (can include internship) providing mental health counseling and performance enhancement services to athletes, preferably in a university or college counseling center setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) - Certified Mental Performance Consultant.
  • Minimum of three year's full-time experience with a university counseling center and at least one-year post-doctoral administrative experience and diversity consciousness work.
  • Experience with specialty areas such as substance misuse and disordered eating.
  • Experience working in competitive athletic environments

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. This position also requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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