Work with Medical Students at the University of Iowa

    Position and Organization Description:

    The Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC) is seeking a Senior Behavioral Health Clinician to provide culturally-informed counseling, assessment, crisis intervention and referrals for medical and physician assistant students. Develop and implement outreach programming aimed at improving students’ well-being. Advocate for the needs of students from a range of diverse groups within the healthcare enterprise. Collaborate with other mental health professionals in planning and providing services. Consult with administrators, faculty and staff in supporting students. Participate in OSAC-sponsored activities and serve on committees as assigned. Participate in learning community and student outreach activities to promote the counseling unit in the student population. Occasional weekend or evening hours required for some special events programming.

    The Medical Student Counseling Center in the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine serves approximately 700 medical and physician assistant students. The Center provides counseling services and outreach programs to enhance medical and physician assistant students’ mental health and well-being, fostering personal, academic and career success in a confidential and safe environment. The Center is committed to professionalism, excellence, and creating an inclusive community within the Carver College of Medicine.

    Percent Time: This position is available on a half-time to full-time schedule (schedule to be determined).

    Duties to include:

  • Counseling and Assessment: Determine and address emotional and behavioral needs of medical and physician assistant students through individual, group and/or couples counseling. Manage emergent crises. Facilitate prevention efforts aimed at enhancing psychological health and well-being.
  • Outreach: Promote Medical Student Counseling Center services to students and provide information about services to members of the Carver College of Medicine/ UIHC community and external constituencies. Plan, design and deliver psycho-educational programming for students to improve wellbeing and support mental health. Participate in activities, events, and committees as a representative of the Medical Student Counseling Center and as a member of the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum.
  • Advocacy: Demonstrate exceptional skills and competency in working with students, faculty and staff from a full range of diverse groups. Respond to student concerns on both an individual and systemic level and offer appropriate resources. Contribute to building and sustaining a culturally sensitive and responsive learning environment through personal reflection and professional development; individual, group, and community interactions; and assessment of counseling center policies and practices.
  • Consultation: Collaborate with other mental health professionals in planning and providing services and making appropriate referrals. Assist administrators, faculty and staff in meeting the needs of students while maintaining essential professional boundaries.
  • In conjunction with College of Medicine, University, and National resources/organizations, work with the director to develop, disseminate, and update College of Medicine policies, protocols, and guidelines regarding medical and physician assistant student mental health. Provide information to internal and external constituencies on responding to academic and mental health needs of professional students. Serve on pertinent committees as assigned.
    About The Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum:

    The Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC) is the group of 35 professionals that most directly facilitates the activities of medical students at the Carver College of Medicine. The mission is to provide an environment of scholarship and humanism in which our students can become the well-rounded physicians of tomorrow, fully prepared to enter into their professional lives focused on the well-being of their patients and communities. OSAC consists of 10 units, each focused on an aspect of student life. Among our duties are the selection of students that will thrive in this academic environment; to facilitate the delivery of a medical curriculum that provides the best didactic and practical learning experiences possible; to provide opportunities for students to experience the world through research, service, travel, and the humanities; and to support students throughout the learning process.


    A master’s or doctoral degree or equivalent education and experience in counseling psychology, counseling, counselor education, or related field is required. A Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology or a closely related field is desirable. The successful candidate must be licensed or license eligible in the state of Iowa as a psychologist, mental health counselor, or mental health professional in a closely related field. Possession of a valid State of Iowa mental health provider license is required at time of hire. License must be maintained as a condition of continued employment, in addition to the Master’s degree.


  • Reasonable, independent experience (minimum 1 years) working as a psychologist, professional counselor or mental health professional in a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated skill at building and maintaining helping relationships – counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, and/or supervision.
  • Demonstrated skill at building and maintaining collaborative, collegial relationships – teamwork and leadership.
  • Expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning; and the capacity to implement therapeutic interventions.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity and competence in working with a range of people from diverse groups.
  • Experience serving a college/graduate student population, or healthcare professionals – providing counseling, academic advising, career guidance and/or outreach programs.
  • Experience developing outreach or psycho-educational programming.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are desirable.
  • Reasonable (1-3 years) experience in public speaking within a university setting is desirable.
    Position and Application details:

    In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
    Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

    This position is eligible to participate in remote work after an orientation/onboarding period. Remote work must be performed at a location within the state of Iowa. Successful candidates who participate in remote work must comply with requirements of the remote work program and related policies. Work arrangement options will be discussed during the hiring process. Limited to one day per week (dependent on supervisor approval and work responsibilities).

    Additional Information:

  • Classification Title: Sr Behavioral Health Clinician
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Part-time (Full-Time)
    Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Stacy Pruter
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