University Of New Haven  | Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

University Of New Haven | Director, Counseling and Psychological Services



Director, Counseling and Psychological Services  

The University of New Haven seeks an energetic and collaborative professional to provide leadership, coordination and direction for the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services which serves a student body of over 6,500 students.

The Director is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive counseling program for university students, represents the department and the mental health needs of students in the UNH community, establishes departmental goals and objectives, supervises and evaluates departmental staff, and has fiscal responsibility for the department.

The position reports to the Associate VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and provides supervision for a staff which includes the Associate Director, Staff Psychologist, Staff Counselor, Consulting Psychiatrist, RCCM Campus Advocate, VPIC Coordinator and Graduate   Assistant.


  • Provides vision and leadership for the direction of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive program that ensures the provision of professional, ethical, and high quality short-term counseling, consultation, referral, education & outreach services that support student learning & development
  • Provides intake assessments, individual and group counseling and crisis intervention
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Health Services and others at the University to foster a holistic model of wellness
  • Supervises, mentors, and evaluates CAPS staff
  • Represents CAPS on University committees, projects and initiatives
  • Serves as budget manager for CAPS and effectively manages and allocates resources
  • Develops and supervises the implementation of educational programs/outreach, based on community and campus assessments of mental health risks as well as the needs and interests of students
  • Provides leadership in the coordination of case management and crisis intervention
  • Provides consultation and makes recommendations to the Dean of Students Office, Student Intervention Team, Behavioral Intervention Team, Substance Use Taskforce and other University personnel as appropriate on mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Assists in the development of effective policies, protocols, processes and structures to ensure the health, safety and welfare of students
  • Assists with training of Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, Peer Educators and in the development of peer education programs
  • Collaborates with the Rape Crisis Center of Milford to provide services for victims of sexual assault and supervises the Campus Advocate
  • Collaborates with the faculty principal investigators on the Department of Justice Violence Against Women Grant and is responsible for the development and supervision of the Violence Prevention and Intervention Center Peer Educator Program at the conclusion of the DOJ Grant
  • Establishes a CAPS staff on-call rotation and provides on-call emergency evaluations and crisis interventions
  • Provides clinical and administrative leadership in the design, development, planning, implementation, coordination, assessment, and continuous improvement of counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatry, and other behavioral health programs and services
  • Serve as the primary liaison to other University departments, administrators, faculty, and staff on all issues of mental health policy



  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate psychology students
  • Serves on Student Affairs and University committees as assigned



  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • Completion of an APA accredited graduate program and internship
  • Licensed as a psychologist in Connecticut with 5 years of experience post-licensure
  • Previous experience providing college student mental health services
  • Experience providing PTSD treatment
  • Demonstrated skills in individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, consultation, assessment, consultation, and outreach
  • Detailed knowledge of developmental issues and problems typically encountered by college students.
  • Demonstrated skills in supervision and training of graduate students
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with other offices on campus
  • Strong crisis management skills


A leader in experiential learning, the University of New Haven prepares students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in our global society by providing a transformational education through experiential, collaborative, and discovery-based education. A private University founded in 1920, UNH has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of more 4800 and a graduate enrollment of 1,700 students. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through its four colleges, in fields such as sports management, nutrition, forensic science, music and sound recording, engineering, computer science and criminal justice.


Anticipated start date: July 1, 2014.  Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, salary requirements, resume and three professional references to Search Committee Chair, Search #14-38, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven CT 06516 or via email to  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  UNH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.