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Licensed Mental Health Therapists for CMH / Clinical Instructor or Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

Keck School of Medicine Faculty Los Angeles, California

Full-time Licensed Therapist – Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral

Sciences/Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Psychiatry & The Behavioral Sciences, Division of Student Counseling and Mental Health

Los Angeles, Ca

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC is one of the world’s leading private research universities with approximately 48,500 students from all 50 states and boasts one of the largest international student bodies in the country.

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles, a culturally rich metropolitan city with a large ethnic and economically diverse population, and is close to both beach and mountains with wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. The mild temperatures along with the city’s average of 329 days of sun per year makes Los Angeles a wonderful city to live and work.

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is seeking several licensed mental health therapists (PhD/PsyD, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC) to serve USC students in Counseling and Mental Health.

Position Description

USC Counseling and Mental Health Services seeks experienced therapists to join a diverse and dynamic multidisciplinary team who are strongly committed to providing excellent multiculturally competent clinical treatment, training, and outreach services regarding mental health and wellness to USC students. We are seeking candidates who are reflective of our diverse student population and who have strong clinical skills, are familiar with the duties associated with a university counseling center, and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, collegial, professional environment. 

CMH therapists provide evidence-based, trauma-informed, and multiculturally-affirming psychological interventions to USC students, including individual treatment, group therapy, routine and urgent intake, triage, case consultation, third party consultation, and after hours coverage. They may supervise interns and practicum students; present didactic training in seminars for social work, marriage & family therapy, and psychology practicum interns on theories, interventions, or diagnoses; and provide psycho-educational workshops to USC faculty, staff, and students.

As part of our campus-wide strategic goal of promoting diversity and inclusion, we are seeking applicants to serve as embedded counselors within USC’s Cultural Centers and academic units. Embedded counselors will establish and maintain service presence within their respective academic unit or cultural center, assess and address stigma and barriers to seeking services, and collaborate with administration, faculty, and staff within the academic unit/cultural center to meet clinical and programmatic needs of students.

In addition, we are seeking applicants with experience/expertise working with First Gen students, as well as those with interest/experience in serving graduate students on USC’s Health Sciences Campus.

Description of Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMH)

USC Counseling and Mental Health Services provide mental health services to students so that they may achieve their academic and personal goals. Services we provide include: individual and group counseling; assessment and referral to other professionals and institutions; crisis intervention (including some after-hours coverage); case management; biofeedback; psychiatric evaluations and medication follow-up; consultation; outreach and prevention; and training and supervision. 

We are committed to providing quality mental and educational services in accordance with the ethical and legal standards of our profession. We appreciate and honor diversity and work with all students with compassion, respect and dignity. We advocate for and empower our students in pursuing their goals and personal development.

Training is an important function in our center. We are committed to providing professional training opportunities for trainees in psychology, social work, and medicine (i.e. medical students and residents). The entire faculty is involved in our training programs including individual supervision, group supervision, case consults, and/or seminars. The training also includes participating in and promoting self-reflection. Our students benefit from multidisciplinary collaboration and we adopt a bio-psycho-social approach in our work whenever appropriate.

We are committed to making the Center a work environment characterized by respect, mutual support, and team work, and the sharing of diverse opinions among our faculty. We value and honor the diversity of the students we serve as well as the diversity of our faculty and the unique contributions of each member. Faculty are committed to ongoing learning, self-awareness, and cultural competency. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or Counseling, or Doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology
  • Licensed in the state of California
  • Experience in short term treatment, including brief psychotherapy, stabilization and referral of serious mental illness, and crisis intervention
  • Multicultural competency in working with students of color, students from all economic classes, first generation students, LGBTQ students, and international students
  • Self-aware and can thrive in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience in college counseling centers and/or with transitional age young
  • Strong diagnostic skills and knowledge of DSM5
  • Experience working with issues encountered in early and emerging adulthood, including identity issues (e.g., sexual identity, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, etc.), sexual trauma, eating disorders, and substance use disorders
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills in group process work and training
  • Experience and commitment to working with minoritized individuals
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice and to professional integrity 
  • Desire to continue to grow as a professional and committed to excellence and lifelong learning

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Starting Date: Negotiable

This is an exempt faculty position in the Division of Student Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The position is full-time. Salary is competitive, and contingent on experience. A generous benefits package includes health insurance, sick time, paid vacation, and professional days.


Apply here and upload CV, cover letter, and 3 letters of reference from current or former direct supervisors that speak to your competency and suitability for this position.

USC strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. All genders, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, bicultural/multicultural and bilingual/multilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.



REQ20091553 Posted Date: 01/04/2021

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