Mental Health Provider, BIPOC FOCUS, CAPS

Apply now Position Number: 987770
Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Counseling & Psychological Svcs - Kent Campus [101158]

Job Title:

Mental Health Provider, BIPOC FOCUS, CAPS

Physical Location:




Basic Function:

In support of Kent State University’s vision and core values, the mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to enhance the psychological health and development of Kent State University students. Through the provision of an array of culturally competent and evidence-based psychological services, consultation with faculty and staff, and programming, CAPS staff contribute to the attainment of student educational objectives, encourage student engagement in the university community, and support students’ personal and professional success

As a comprehensive student counseling center, we endeavor to create a welcoming and affirming environment that honors diversity and values individual and cultural differences. We strive to accomplish our mission through a variety of professional services including individual and group psychotherapy, psychological testing, crisis intervention, drug and alcohol programs, training of helping professionals and outreach and programing for the university community.

CAPS Core Values: 

  • Confidentiality and Compassion:  We believe in creating a supportive and confidential space to the KSU community. We show care for everyone with kindness and empathy.
  • Respect for Peoples Rights and Dignity: We are committed to providing a welcoming, affirming, and inclusive environment for all. We make efforts to have a diverse staff with competence in multicultural counseling. We believe everyone should be valued and treated with respect regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.
  • Justice and Advocacy: We endeavor to ensure that all students have access to and benefit from our services. We also educate others in the campus community about various dimensions of mental health through our campus engagement activities.
  • Professional Excellence and Ethics:  We strive to provide the highest quality services consistent with professional standards. We adhere to all professional and ethical principles and work to stay current with the latest research and developments in psychological practice.

Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Approach: We make efforts to collaborate with medical staffing at University Health Services, personnel in the Division of Student Affairs, the University, and the broader community.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:

 Based on our mission and core values, we are seeking a team member who is capable of and committed to the following: 

As a culturally responsive member of a highly supportive and collaborative team, the BIPOC-Focused Mental Health Provider delivers quality direct clinical services and outreach programing to university students with a focus on the BIPOC community, particularly African-American students. In addition, this provider offers assistance in the development, implementation, and evaluation of services for BIPOC students. This provider will serve as the liaison to the Multicultural Student Center and other units on campus that serve BIPOC students. This position reports to the Director.

Ideal candidates for this position are those who have strong generalist skills for working with the university student population, as well as expertise in understanding the impact of racial trauma. Campus outreach will center on promoting help seeking behaviors, as well as creating inclusive mental health awareness/stigma reduction messaging that are reflective of BIPOC students.

We know that personal lived experiences and identities impact our professional work and the ways in which we engage with our students, colleagues, and campus partners. As this position is focused on working with BIPOC students, having one or more shared identities is invaluable. Thus, we highly encourage members of these groups to apply.

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 


Facilitate both face-to-face and telemental health services as indicated.

Participate in the provision of mental health triage services.

Conduct intake interviews, psycho-diagnostic assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment plan formulation.

Provide brief individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy to students with a broad spectrum of psychological, academic, and interpersonal concerns.

Respond to high-risk clinical situations. 

Provide crisis intervention and emergency services to the campus community.

Administer psychological assessment, including intellectual, behavioral, and personality, as indicated by training and discipline licensure.

Provide collaborative care with a multidisciplinary team of mental health and primary care providers at University Health Services to care for the holistic needs of students.

Provide consultation to students and their families, faculty and staff

Conduct mental health and preventative outreach programming to educate BIPOC students and the campus community. Prioritize those activities that raise mental health awareness, decrease stigma, increase help-seeking behavior, and prevent suicide.

Offer supervision and seminars to CAPS trainees working with BIPOC students in accordance with training policies and procedures.

Provide services to the wider student body and campus community if the need arises and availability allows.


Complete clinical documentation according to CAPS policies and procedures.

Prepare for outreach activities.

Complete report writing.

Prepare for supervision activities.

Participate in professional development and continuing education activities.

Follow agency policies and procedures consistent with state mental health statutes, ethical guidelines, best practices, and HIPAA.

Attend CAPS staff, clinical team, and committee meetings.

Participate in ongoing staff conversations about the ways marginalization, discrimination, and oppression impact individuals and systems.

Take an active role in the continuous improvement of CAPS processes and systems.

Participate in Student Affairs and university-wide committees.

As budget allows, represent CAPS on the Kent State campus, in the State of Ohio, and nationally.

Perform other related duties as required.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

Must possess the education and experience required to obtain one of the following: Licensure in the State of Ohio as a psychologist; Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW); or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Two years of experience in a clinical setting. Must be able to work non-traditional hours.


Licensure in the State of Ohio as a psychologist, LISW or LPCC, or Ohio license eligibility.

Knowledge Of:

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Skill In:

Clinical counseling
Verbal, written, and interpersonal communications
Personal computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite)

Ability To:

Design and implement a variety of psycho-educational programs
Work nontraditional hours as required, including evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Experience working with BIPOC students. Experience working in a university counseling center. Experience counseling college and/or high school-aged populations. Experience with electronic medical records. Experience and capability to work as part of a highly cohesive and multidisciplinary team in a university counseling center and with professionals in other campus units. Effective interpersonal skills that facilitate organizational health. A commitment to self-awareness and desire for growth related to the ways marginalization, discrimination, and oppression impact individuals and systems.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Light work – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. May work varied hours to include evenings and weekends during peak periods; may require occasional travel on and off-campus.

Working Schedule:


Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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