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JOB TITLE: Staff Therapist
DEPARTMENT: Student Affairs/Counseling Center
REPORTS TO: Director of Counseling

JOB SUMMARY: The Staff Therapist is responsible for providing mental health counseling to our multidisciplinary artistic students. The Staff Therapist conducts individual and group therapy, triage/intake assessments, and participates in an after-hours on-call rotation, as well as coordinating care with our staff psychiatrist and other counseling staff. Additionally, this position provides consultation to various members of the UArts community about student mental health issues, develops and implements educational outreach initiatives, and assists with the training of graduate interns and practicum students. The position will report to the Director of Counseling.

University of the Arts (UArts) seeks to hire a knowledgeable and collegial Staff Therapist to join our Counseling Center to help meet the needs of our artistic students. Strong commitments to (1) working in a college counseling center setting with young adults; (2) utilizing interdisciplinary treatment models and holistic approaches to student development; (3) multicultural competence; and (4) collaboration across the University community are necessary to succeed in this position. The Counseling Center works within a short-term solution-focused therapeutic model and the candidate must demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse student body.



•    Provides individual and group counseling to undergraduate, graduate, and Pre-College students experiencing personal adjustment, and/or emotional/psychological/behavioral problems.
•    Provides emergency and crisis intervention services (e.g., assist with facilitating crisis response center visits when needed and participating in the center's on-call rotation including evenings and weekends).
•    Arranges for psychiatry referrals in the community as needed.
•    Assists in the formulation and presentation of outreach trainings and workshops for community intervention programs that:
     o    Educates students, staff and faculty about mental health/psychological issues and wellness.
     o    Teaches skills for self-care and community health and safety.
     o    Provides educational opportunities for faculty, staff and students to enhance their teaching, training and provision of services to other students, e.g. RA training.
•    Consults with university staff, faculty, students, family members and other professionals to assist students.
•    Assists with training pre-professional interns and work-study students.
•    Open to working one evening for extended hours and/or providing after-hours group work.
•    Upholds the highest ethical principles and promotes best practices of the profession.
•    Maintains appropriate records/notes in electronic medical records system (Titanium).
•    Contributes positively and effectively to the office's operational responsibilities, e.g., exercise appropriate stewardship of center resources, contribute to center-wide goals and projects, contribute to office planning, assist with delegated university responsibilities, etc.
•    Engages in professional development to maintain best practices and meet legal requirements and professional guidelines for practice.
•    Engages in both need assessments and evaluations to support the effectiveness and efficiency of services.
•    Serves on Divisional and University committees as appropriate.
•    Other administrative duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


•    Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling Psychology/Counselor Education, or Creative Arts Therapies from an accredited program.
•    Currently licensed in Pennsylvania required (LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT) and/or license-eligible working toward licensure will be considered.
•    Demonstrated competency in providing mental health counseling and experience working with college-age students in settings such as community mental health, inpatient/outpatient psychiatry, and/or University/College counseling centers.
•    Work with multicultural populations and LGBTQ students and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
•    Experience with crisis interventions as well as group work and outreach/consultation.
•    Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, including participating in an on-call rotation.
•    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other personnel for the effective delivery of services to students.
•    Outstanding interpersonal and relationship skills
•    Candidates invited to campus must communicate effectively and perform well during the interview(s); candidates will be asked to make a presentation/case study.
•    Candidates should feel comfortable working with brief therapy, crisis intervention, group counseling, and outreach/consultation. Interest in working with visual and performing artists is highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with prior counseling experience working with a diverse and multicultural population of students and young adults.



The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.

TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit letters of application and resumes to the Human Resources Department via email to jobs@uarts.edu. Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

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