Therapist in Residence

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Therapist in Residence (3 year Fixed term)


location: Santa Clara, CA
time type: Full time

Position Title:

Therapist in Residence (3 year Fixed term)

Position Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Salary Range:

$66,600 - $90,000 annual; commensurate with experience

Pay Frequency:


All applications require a resume and cover letter.

POSITION PURPOSE:  The Therapist in Residence is a member of the Student Health and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team and collaborates closely with the Office of Residence Life and campus partners in a manner that makes student learning a central goal. This goal is accomplished by fostering belonging, facilitating the psychological well-being of the student body and encouraging student learning and success.  This is a full-time live-in position. Housing is provided in a one bedroom apartment within a residence hall

POSITION PURPOSE:  The Therapist in Residence (TIR) program at SCU places professionally trained mental health clinicians into residence halls to address the mental health needs of residents and support Residence Life Staff.  This proactive, collaborative effort between Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Office of Residence Life (ORL) seeks to increase the day-to-day service activities, awareness, availability and access to counseling, decrease barriers to accessing mental health support and reduce the stigma associated with mental health services.

The Therapist in Residence administers on-site and easily accessed consultation and mental health support programs and services including brief assessment and discussion of resources, after hours consultations, and crisis intervention with the goal of referring students to other resources on campus.

The Therapist in Residence works closely with the Cowell Center Outreach Coordinator and Case Manager and is responsible for the implementation of Mental Health First Aid training for the campus.


Brief Counseling, Assessment and Referral

  • Conduct evaluation and brief individual therapy for students with a goal of referral to on- or off-campus resources.
  • Conduct group therapy and student support groups in the residence halls related to balance, self-care and maintaining appropriate boundaries and relationships. 
  • Host ‘drop-in’ hours for residents and/or appointments with self-referred or staff-referred students.
  • Provide a support group in CAPS for Residence Life student staff that focuses specifically on managing the challenges of the student staff position.

Consultation, Referral and Mental Health Support

  • Normalize the use of mental health resources through increased visibility and engagement with campus residents.
  • Increase visibility and access to mental health support and resources. Consult regularly with residents during designated office hours. 
  • Provide direct access and consultation to the Residence Life staff related to student concerns.
  • Provide consultation to faculty, staff, and students’ families regarding student concerns.
  • Refer students to CAPS for additional services for those situations that require ongoing therapy.
  • Work with the Cowell Center’s Case Manager to appropriately refer clients to on-campus and off-campus community providers.

Preventative and Educational Programming

  • Partner with CAPS’ staff to attend and assist with planning and presenting Residential Life staff training and meetings.
  • Create opportunities for students to become more familiar/comfortable with mental health services and resources.
  • Work with CAPS, the Outreach Coordinator of CAPS, and other university departments to provide educational programs and awareness on wellness and mental health issues; for example,  CAPS’ “Being a Bronco” Series, (Take Back the Night, Eating Disorders and Body Image Awareness, Depression Screening Day).
  • Serve as a resource to students and staff to support programmatic needs within the residence halls.
  • Collaborate with CAPS in providing programming opportunities for all residence hall communities and continuous outreach to the student population and the residence hall staff as requested.  Coordinate the implementation of Mental Health First Aid training for the campus.

After Hours Consultations and Crisis Response

  • Under the leadership and guidance of the Director of Health and Counseling provide crisis management, assessment, intervention services and stabilizing clients.
  • Work closely with the Director of Health and Counseling and Campus Safety Services to help transport students in crisis to the hospital.
  • Share in CAPS’ regular rotation of on-call after-hours consultation to University staff, including the on-duty Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
  • Work closely with Campus Safety Services and EMTs after hours.
  • Follow up with student residents following crisis situations.
  • Provide individual or group follow-up sessions following crisis situations.

Administrative and Liaison Responsibilities

  • Meet regularly with the Residence Life Leadership Team and various staff teams.
  • Attend Residence Life formation meals and/or sessions to get to know the professional and student staff to allow for relationship building. 
  • Attend community events to increase visibility of TIR position.
  • Provide support to the Residence Life student staff by offering a quarterly student staff hospitality hour.
  • Meet with various staff teams at least once during fall term and then as needed throughout the year.
  • Develop relationships with Campus Safety Services Watch Commanders and Campus Safety Officers.
  • Serve on departmental and University-wide committees as appropriate to the job responsibilities

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Maintain confidentiality of all clients, CAPS and Cowell Center information at all times.
  • Complete written intake assessments and follow-up progress notes of students in a timely manner.
  • Appropriately document all consultations. Actively and collaboratively support the mission, goals, and initiatives of the Cowell Center.
  • Observe all Cowell Center policies and procedures. Attend scheduled staff meetings.
  • Develop and foster relationships and trust with employees and the SCU Community.
  • Work individually and as a team in a collegial, respectful, and professional manner.
  • Maintain membership in Professional Organizations as deemed appropriate.
  • Remain knowledgeable of best practices in the field of psychology and university counseling centers while staying abreast of the latest trends in the discipline of psychology.
  • Perform other work-related assignments as assigned and/or required. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment. Commitment to understand and support Santa Clara University’s distinctive Jesuit tradition and educational vision and willingness to model institutional values of service to others, community, and diversity. Santa Clara University is committed to Inclusive Excellence, therefore, it is vital all candidates seeking employment be committed to and demonstrate skills, knowledge and awareness to serve the unique needs of our diverse campus community.


  • Master’s degree in counseling, clinical or counseling psychology, or social work from an accredited program in your area of study is required;
  • Doctorate degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.), preferred.
  • Licensed or license eligible mental health provider in the state of CA required.
  • Prior college or university counseling experience, preferred.
  • Prior experience addressing the needs of a diverse student population, preferred.  Two years post-degree experience required. 


  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the differences in care requirements for adolescents and adults, including, but not limited to:  growth and development, psychological and psychosocial needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology in improving the delivery and evaluation of programs and services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the application of student development theories.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in addressing the needs of a diverse student population. 
  • Demonstrated use of a variety of communication techniques, such as presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form with a variety of people including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents.
  • Ability to establish professional relationships; interact effectively with diverse constituencies; and maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Ability to work well both individually and as a part of a team in a collegial, respectful, and professional manner.
  • Ability to work independently using sound judgement with a wide variety of student psychological needs.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, , Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). 

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

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