Substance Abuse Coordinator/Counselor

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Counseling/Community Outreach/Social Work
Department:04030100 - SL-COUNSELING & WELLNESS CTR

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Job Description:

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) at the University of Florida is seeking a Substance Abuse Coordinator with experience in collegiate mental health who thrives in an environment that values collaboration and support among team members and will work with us to foster the development of our students in all of its diversity through compassion, empowerment, advocacy, and hope as well while nurturing a healthy and healing campus environment for all.

We are seeking a mental health professional with a strong interest in working with domestic and international students in a university counseling center.  Potential applicants should have experience working with a wide range of client problems and levels of severity. This individual would be a member of clinical team and provide, group, individual, and couples counseling, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and consultation to UF faculty and staff. All clinicians in our department provide professional training and teaching to graduate students, doctoral interns, and post-doctoral fellows. Similarly, all clinicians take part in outreach and prevention efforts.  

The Substance Abuse Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to provide individual and group psychotherapy to University of Florida students, consultation to faculty and staff, and supervision and oversight of CWC’s substance abuse programs. This clinical position may be deemed an essential employee which may require reporting to work during an emergency.

Provide direct clinical services which support students presenting with alcohol and other drug concerns; including, but not limited to individual counseling, group therapy, outreach, consultation, AOD screenings, etc.

Case management, including coordination of cases with CWC and external providers, referrals, follow-up care with clients, and other UF stakeholders.

Administrative tasks; including, but not limited to development of AOD programming, coordination and supervision of CWC’s training in AOD, identification (e.g., research) of best practices, collecting AOD-related CWC data, development and dissemination of reports pertaining to AOD programs and outcomes, and collaborating with campus stakeholders to create and maintain relationships across campus to ensure that AOD efforts are compatible with other campus efforts and meet the needs of students.

Perform additional duties assigned.

About the Counseling and Wellness Center
Mental health services at the University of Florida have historically held a strong importance and distinction in the campus community. The CWC is one of the oldest counseling centers in the country, established in 1931. The CWC is a vibrant, multidisciplinary, multicultural, and creative center actively engaged in the furtherance and betterment of compassionate psychological services, outreach, and training. The CWC is a dynamic part of the Division of Student Affairs and is highly utilized by students and other campus constituents seeking a variety of mental health services. 

Our staff consists of 47 clinicians in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and counselor education. In addition, the psychiatry staff of the Student Health Care Center shares one of our facilities. CWC is home to a large training program for graduate students in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education and a doctoral psychology internship accredited by the American Psychological Association. Members of our staff are cohesive, collegial, engaged, and passionate about working within a campus environment.  The CWC is a learning organization as clinical service, training, outreach, and professional development are informed by research, local data, and benchmarking with national trends and peer institutions.  The CWC identifies closely with the vision, values, and guiding principles of the Division of Student Affairs.

The CWC provides:

  • Group, individual, and couples counseling for students with psychological, emotional, academic and/or relationship concerns
  • Crisis intervention for students experiencing a personal crisis or emergency
  • Stress management and biofeedback services
  • Outreach, prevention, and educational programs for students, faculty, and staff
  • Consultation services for students, faculty, staff, families, and friends of students
  • Training and supervision to counseling, psychology, and graduate students from pre-practicum through post-doctoral residency
  • Assessment and referral services
  • Teaching, research, and scholarship

Starting Date

August 1, 2023—Negotiable

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:

Professionals with one of the following credentials are qualified to provide psychosocial counseling:
■ Social worker with a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in social work from a Certified Social Work Education-accredited school of social work.
■ Registered nurse with advanced specialized counseling education and training as a clinical nurse specialist or certified psychiatric nurse.
■ Professional licensed to provide clinical, counseling, and psychotherapy services by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance.
■ Counselor with a master’s degree in counseling.
■ Psychologist with a master’s or Ph.D. in psychology.
■ Master’s or doctoral level graduate student intern from an accredited school of social work or a psychology or counseling program, under the supervision of a licensed practitioner qualified to supervise such interns.

Employment with the University of Florida is contingent upon the results of a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with college students and staff
  • Experience working in settings with more severe populations
  • Administrative and computer application skills required to effectively implement and maintain a case management and tracking system
  • Demonstrated skill in working well under pressure to prioritize and manage multiple clinical situations and to coordinate these efforts as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Energy to flexibly manage the professional demands of a challenging workload while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships
  • Collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect, and trust towards colleagues
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and commitment to multicultural issues/social justice and proven ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups
  • Self-motivated, self-directed commitment to high professional ideals, standards and ethics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in college mental health, including crisis assessment, brief intervention, confidentiality requirements, outreach, referral, and psychological assessment
  • Strong interest and experience with training and supervising students from various disciplines at the master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral level
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Persons interested in applying for this position should apply online at Electronic applications are required, along with submission of cover letter, vita, and letters of recommendation from three professional references. Anyone requiring special accommodations to complete an application should contact the Search Panel co-chair:  Dr. Rosa West at

Continued employment will be contingent on securing a FL Licensure within two years of hire.

Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end date.

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

Health Assessment Required: No


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