Gallaudet Deaf Mental Health Counselor

Provides direct psychological counseling and preventive mental health services to Gallaudet students and community clients; and supervises and participates in the training of Gallaudet graduate students and others in the field of mental health.


I. Provides counseling services to clients through individual, group, couples, and family therapy; and conducts initial intake interviews and evaluations.

II. Completes clinical and administrative documentation in an accurate, legal, and timely manner.

III. Supervises Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) trainees, including students from Gallaudet’s graduate programs in counseling and social work as well as trainees from off campus graduate programs; and assists in the ongoing development of the CAPS training program.

IV. Engages in crisis intervention and prevention; participates in the CAPS emergency on-call system; and provides referrals to psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals, and other referral agencies as needed.

V. Maintains close working relationships with other University departments including academic departments and student service departments; guest lectures in academic classes; and provides consultation to staff and faculty in areas of counseling and mental health. 

VI. Provides consultation for community agencies, parents, and other individuals on topics of mental health with deaf individuals; and presents at conferences, workshops, and training seminars for community groups.

VII. Plans and implements campus-wide programs, workshops, and other activities designed to foster mental health; and participates in workshops, screening events, trainings, paraprofessional programs, and other prevention programs.

VIII. Assists in the planning, development, and coordination of local, national, and international mental health workshops, conferences, conventions, and symposia sponsored by CAPS.

IX. Serves as a liaison with campus and external organizations as requested to further the status of CAPS as a respected mental health program.

X. Seeks and develops grant proposals to support existing CAPS programs and to establish new programs, services, and research.

XI. Participates in the design and implementation of research projects; prepares research reports; and arranges for the dissemination of research findings.

XII. Keeps abreast of developments and research in counseling, mental health issues, educational issues, and other related areas; continues own professional development by participating in continuing education programs; and maintains active memberships in professional organizations.

XIII. Maintains professional license as a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Social Worker in the District of Columbia.

XIV. Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in mental health counseling, social work, or related field. 
At time of hire, obtain a license as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor or a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the District of Columbia. 
A minimum three years of professional experience in mental health counseling and/or in related fields with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals (some paraprofessional experience may be considered). 
Training and experience in group counseling.  
Fluency in American Sign Language at the time of application.
Preferred Qualifications

Ability to apply or adapt theories, principles, and practices in counseling to deaf and hard of hearing persons.  
Knowledge of the educational, psychological, social, and vocational implications of deafness.  
Ability to work with the range and types of problems encountered in a mental health setting.  
Within one year of employment, the incumbent is required to become a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. 



SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

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