Utah State University

Staff Therapist

City Blanding Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(12/13/2022 5:53 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
Student Affairs
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is seeking a Staff Therapist to join our energetic, professional, experienced, and good natured staff to serve USU-Statewide Campuses. Utah State University continues its tradition of land-grant outreach by delivering quality education to students across the state. As part of this mission, USU provides access to various student services to the 31 USU-Statewide Campuses and education centers. Currently, CAPS-Statewide has four therapists each serving their respective campuses (Brigham City, Salt Lake City, Price, and the Uintah Basin), as well as other USU-Statewide students that don't have access to a physical USU campus or education center. This position will be based out of the USU-Blanding campus and primary interactions with other CAPS colleagues will be maintained remotely through Zoom, email, or phone.

The primary responsibility for this position is to serve USU-Blanding students (mainly Navajo and Native American students), faculty, and staff, and the successful candidate will also collaborate with other CAPS Statewide therapists to provide services to the entire USU Statewide system. Main duties include mental health services and outreach to students, consultation with faculty and staff, and professional training to masters and undergraduate students. Staff therapists at USU-CAPS are also expected to be keenly sensitive to issues of diversity and social locations such as: gender, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and social-economic status.


Clinical Services 50%

  • Provides individual face-to-face and teletherapy psychotherapy, consultation, assessment, intake, and crisis interventions.
  • Prepares for sessions and maintains accurate and up-to-date records of clinical services, and if interested, provides couples and group therapy.

Outreach Services 20%

  • Prepares for and provides outreach presentations and workshops.
  • Serves on departmental, division, and university committees.
  • Fosters relationships with assigned liaisons and attends consultations with USU-Statewide faculty, staff, and students.

Peer Mental Health Support/Training 10%

  • Support supervision of undergraduate Peer Mental Health Prevention Specialists.
  • Help oversee facilitation of connecting students of concern with a Peer Mental Health Specialist.
  • Regularly report and document data related to campus mental health activities and those related to Peer Mental Health Prevention Specialist tasks and activities.

Drug/Alcohol Prevention and Counseling 10%

  • Engages in drug and alcohol assessment, prevention, and educational outreach work.
  • Coordinates these efforts with the USU Student Health and Wellness Prevention Specialist.

Coalition Work 10%

  • Collaborate with local coalitions and campus coalition members on initiatives related to mental health, student well-being, and overall coalition mission and goals.• Attend local coalition monthly or quarterly meetings.
  • Regularly report and document campus activities related to coalition work.

Other Professional Responsibilities

  • Practices all responsibilities in accordance with ethical and professional standards and state laws.
  • Understands and complies with CAPS and university policies and procedures.
  • Effectively participates in administrative and professional activities (e.g., staff and division meetings, case conferences, peer consultations, professional development, etc.).
  • Fosters excellent working relationships with co-workers, increases knowledge and develops new skills or abilities that contribute to effective service provision, contributes to the evaluation and improvement of CAPS, and all other duties as assigned.
  • Travels to various statewide campuses, including the Logan campus for outreach, training, and retreats.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counseling from an accredited master's program and an ability to be licensed in the state of Utah within 2 years.
  • Experience in a university counseling setting and/or experience in areas strongly related to mental health needs in a college population (e.g., eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, personality disorders).
  • Experience with drug and alcohol assessment, prevention, and educational outreach.
  • Generalist base of knowledge and experience in psychotherapy (including teletherapy), (i.e., theories, processes, and elements of therapeutic change) and familiarity with developmental and other non-medical models of treatment and supervision.
  • Given the nature of the position, a willingness to travel to adjacent USU-Statewide Campuses (e.g., Montezuma Creek and Monument Valley) including occasional trips to the USU-Logan campus.
  • Ability to work and coordinate with a small group of CAPS-Statewide clinicians and to work effectively as an independent and self-motivated, professional staff member.
  • Willingness and capacity to effectively use such telehealth media as Zoom, Cisco, and Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC).
  • Must possess a current, valid driver's license and a willingness to travel to various statewide campuses, including the Logan campus.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or combined psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program, completion of an APA-accredited internship, and an ability to be licensed in the state of Utah within 2 years. ABD will be considered if defense date is set and confirmed by the applicant's program.
  • Experience with psychoeducational assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Native American individuals.
  • Skills, knowledge, and experience specifically focused on the needs of students of color, students from indigenous communities, LGBTQIA students, international students, students from diverse religious affiliations, students with disabilities, undocumented students, and/or first generation college students on a university campus.
  • Experience providing supervision.
  • Experience in providing psychoeducational workshops relevant to the campus community.
  • Experience and interest in conducting group therapy.
  • Experience with teaching and program development.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking, community, organizational, problem solving, and decision making skills, and a commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.
  • Skills with technology (Word, Titanium, etc.)

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Professional reference contact info
  3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

USU Blanding is located in Utah's Canyon Country in the southeastern corner of the state. Blanding City and the surrounding area provides a beautiful back-drop for a stellar education. Residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience beautiful scenery and varied outdoor activities from site-seeing and museums to climbing, hiking, and ATV trail-riding. More degrees than ever before, Utah State University was founded as Utah's land-grant university and as such the mission is to provide higher education throughout Utah.


The Blanding Campus adds to this mission by providing traditional and technical education to students throughout southeastern Utah: https://blanding.usu.edu/learning/index


Founded in 1977, the Utah State University Blanding Campus opens doors for residents in Utah's remote southeast corner, including Native Americans in the Four-Corner region. It is a college campus small enough to keep students from getting lost in the crowd, but with connections large enough to offer them endless possibilities. It is a stepping stone from high school to college and onto a successful career. The Blanding Campus also supports many learning centers in the Four-Corners area, providing educational access to dozens of sites in a service region of more than 40,000 square miles, half of which are in tribal lands.


Together: The Building of a Community College by Robert S. McPherson: https://blanding.usu.edu/about/_documents/BlandingHistory-First20Years.pdf

The Blanding Campus is located approximately 300 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.



We are close to:

  • Bears Ears National Monument
  • Monument Valley
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Arches National park
  • Utah's Canyon Country

Where you can:

  • Hike/Climb
  • Bike
  • ATV/4-Wheel
  • Raft/Kayak
  • Camp and more!

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State's land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.
Our Contact Information: 576 West 200 South ⋅ Blanding, Utah 84511 (435) 678-2201 ⋅ (800) 395-2969

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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