Employee Assistance Program Counselor
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, with clinical oversight from the Director of Counseling/Testing Services, the position focuses on providing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) clinical counseling services and support for all employees within the University of South Alabama (USA) community; incumbent also supports the USA Counseling/Testing Services Department with counseling students and related assignments, at least eight hours each week; and supports the Employee Wellness Initiatives Committee with activities to engage employees and promote healthier work environments.
Ensures all services are provided in accordance with applicable EAP practices, and in compliance with applicable laws, and performed in a highly professional and confidential manner; supports employees with mental/emotional health needs that may affect job performance by providing counseling, assessment and referral services to employees and/or their eligible spouses and dependents; counsels couples and families, as needed; counseling issues include, but are not limited to: personal problems, alcohol and substance abuse, marital and family distress, financial duress, and workplace conflicts; provides immediate individual and/or large group counseling intervention when crisis, post traumatic, emergency or life threatening situations occur; as legally permissible, works closely with the Director, Human Resources Benefits/Employee Relations, Human Resources team and supervisors to address and resolve employee relations issues; provides counseling support and workshops to groups of employees on topics such as stress management, conflict resolution, maintaining a positive work environment and tobacco cessation; becomes knowledgeable about USA Health and Dental Plan insurance coverage pertaining to mental health coverage; serves on USA committees and as a liaison with other departments such as Student Affairs, external vendors and external community organizations; promotes EAP services system-wide and identifies ways to partner with other USA services; prepares EAP related communications such as brochures and web pages; works closely with supervisors, employees and external treatment facilities to monitor/track an employee's compliance and facilitate an employee's return to work, as applicable; works with employees, supervisors and Human Resources Benefits staff to assist employees with transitioning back to work after extended leaves of absence, in accordance with applicable policies; counsels USA students in accordance the Counseling and Testing Services policies and procedures; provides mental health, relationship, and group counseling services for USA students; makes presentations to students on topics relevant to academic success and psychological well-being; administers and interprets psychological tests; coordinates, develops and promotes projects/activities as assigned on behalf of the Employee Wellness Initiatives Committee; performs independent analysis; generates statistical reports; evaluates outcomes of wellness activities; serves as a member of the Committee; recommends policies/practices/activities to promote healthier work environments; regular and prompt attendance; ability to work schedule as defined and an adjusted work schedule when needed; performs related duties as required.
Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or directly related field, five years of professional counseling experience, current license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC) or ability to obtain within six months of employment, or current license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and ability to obtain licensure as an LCSW by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners within six months of employment, or current license as a Psychologist by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology. Experience with substance abuse counseling is required. Currently credentialed as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is preferred. Excellent organizational, communications, group presentation and computer skills are required. Ability to coordinate multiple assignments with competing priorities. Ability to effectively manage and multi-task during a crisis. Ability to work with a diverse population, at all USA locations.
The University of South Alabama is one of the fastest growing universities in the South, providing quality academic programs, innovative classroom experiences, and a campus rich in diversity and student life.
Applications accepted online only at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/usouthal/jobs/2185327/employee-assistance-program-counselor