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Assistant Director for Crisis Services, Student Health and Wellness

The University of Virginia's Department of Student Health and Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is seeking to hire a full-time mental health professional for the position of Assistant Director for Crisis Services. The Assistant Director for Crisis Services coordinates the delivery of emergency support and intervention for students presenting with acute mental health concerns. The Assistant Director will report directly to the CAPS Director and work closely with the Associate Director for Counseling and Associate Director for Psychiatry to integrate crisis intervention services with other aspects of clinical care. The Assistant Director for Crisis Services will also collaborate with the Assistant Director for Outreach to develop and provide programming in crisis prevention, response and intervention for community stakeholders and work with the Assistant Director for training to assure that trainees are prepared to respond to students in crisis during their rotations at CAPS.

Job duties include:

  • Lead the CAPS Crisis Team
  • Facilitate weekly Crisis Team meetings
  • Closely track high-risk students and follow-up with clinicians regarding treatment planning and care management
  • Provide consultation to staff regarding high-risk cases
  • Serve as back-up to Director and Associate Directors in providing afterhours consultations to staff as needed
  • Serve as back-up to the Associate Director for Counseling as needed
  • Provide afterhours on-call coverage on a rotating basis along with other staff
  • Carry a small individual caseload, providing brief psychotherapy and care management services
  • Facilitate groups(s) related to crisis or high acuity needs (e.g., post-hospitalization support group, bipolar support, DBT)
  • Coordinate daytime Emergency Consultation Services (walk-in)
  • Coordinate Afterhours On-call Services
  • Maintain CAPS Crisis Services Manual
  • Manage CAPS hospital liaison program
  • Provide direct supervision to staff and/or trainees as needed
  • Provide consultation and training to staff regarding hospitalization policies and procedures
  • Maintain positive working relationships with UVA hospital staff and coordinate annual meetings with UVA Chief Residents (Psych Consult and 5East clinicians)
  • Regularly communicate with Office of the Dean of Students staff to coordinate crisis response services
  • Maintain positive working relationships with representatives of Region Ten CSB and Wellness Recovery (Crisis Stabilization) Center, and attend or arrange meetings as needed
  • Attend community meetings focused on crisis response and care
  • Provide training and consultation to staff in suicide risk assessment and safety planning
  • Help coordinate postvention programming following a community crisis
  • Coordinate suicide prevention and awareness efforts for the UVA community in collaboration with CAPS Assistant Director for Outreach
  • Create templates for Medicat EMR and track data relevant to crisis intervention, utilization of services, and response (e.g., students served, appointments provided, diagnoses, hospitalizations, ED visits, suicides, etc.)
  • Serve on CAPS and other Student Health Committees as requested
  • Serve on Threat Assessment Team
  • Coordinate other crisis services and programming as requested by Director


  • A Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Counseling, Clinical or Counseling Psychology , Social Work or a closely related field
  • Mental Health licensure (or ability to become licensed within 6 months of hire) in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • A clear history of, and dedication to, providing mental health services to individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • At least 5 years’ experience providing psychotherapy and/or crisis intervention to adolescents and/or adults
  • Experience in crisis intervention and facilitating transfers to a higher level of care
  • Knowledge of and significant experience in suicide risk assessment and safety planning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • Experience providing supervision to mental health trainees, especially at the doctoral level
  • Experience facilitating psychotherapy groups
  • Experience working in a University or College Counseling Center
  • Experience providing mental health outreach to diverse audiences

Preference will be given to applications received by July 24, 2021 and the position is open until filled. The successful candidate will pass a criminal background check and drug and health screen. PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘R0026135.‘ Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, search for 'R0026135,' complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the "Resume" box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman at [email protected].


Job requires standing for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping, reaching (overhead, extensive, and repetitive); Repetitive motion: computer keyboard.  Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills; Attention to detail and ability to write legibly; Ability to lift/push/pull 50 - 100lbs.  May be exposed to noise, radiation, radioactive materials, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.