Job Opportunity: Mental Health Therapist at NTID/RIT

NTID Mental Health Therapist


NTID Psychological Svcs

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Employment Category: Fulltime

Staff Job Function: Advising or Counseling
Wage Band: 119A

Department/College Description

NTID Psychological Services at RIT Counseling Center, a unit consist a team of a director and a mental health therapist with responsibility for providing mental health counseling and psychotherapy to a culturally diverse undergraduate and graduate Deaf, hard-of-hearing students attending National Technical Institute for the Deaf. NTID Psychological Services promotes ongoing collaborations with NTID’s Counseling & Academic Advising Services, NTID’s Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD) and several offices across RIT’s Division of Student Affairs to ensure that students are provided diverse opportunities their collegiate experiences.

Detailed Job Description

NTID Psychological Services has a growing multicultural population on campus. Professionals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
The mental health therapist will

• Work within a multi-disciplinary staff and report to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at RIT Counseling Center.
• Value a multifaceted approach involving strongly linked clinical and training efforts, consultation with the NTID campus community, mental health prevention/early intervention, multicultural values/awareness and collaborative campus connections
• Provide individual and group counseling services to a culturally diverse undergraduate and graduate Deaf, hard-of-hearing student population that includes intake evaluations, mental health interventions, treatment follow-up, and appropriate referrals.
• Complete and maintain clinical documentation (including, but not limited to, intake evaluations, clinical progress notes for individual, group, and crisis intervention sessions, psychiatric referrals, and suicide risk assessments) in a thorough and timely manner.
• Develop and deliver mental health outreach and education programming to various campus partners, informed by clinical practice.
• Attend departmental meetings within RIT Counseling and Psychological Service, RIT Wellness, RIT Student Affairs, and NTID.
• Assist in the acquisition and maintenance of center accreditation through development of documented office policies and procedures, as well as department self-assessment.
• Engage in campus committees and working groups as needed, along with seeking professional development opportunities.
• Perform, as assigned, other administrative responsibilities associated with counseling and consultative services including, but not limited to, participating on Counseling Center and University committees and special projects.
• Assist with the design and implementation of Center activities and provide leadership to selected strategic initiatives.

Direct clinical services may include providing community referrals, working with student families and campus community members. Direct service will occur in the counseling center and NTID campus locations.

Required Minimum Qualifications

Specialized Skills:
•Ability to provide clinical services to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a student’s preferred communication modality (excellent communication and writing skills).
• Requires fluency in American Sign Language as measured by proficiency or other object test of sign language skill as well as observable interactions with skilled sign language users.
• Demonstrated competency in the developmental, social, cognitive, linguistic, medical, and mental health implications of Deafness and hearing loss, and skill in application throughout all areas of practice (e.g. crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy, supervision, assessment, consultation, triage, and intake evaluations).
• Expertise in understanding the complexity of developmental experiences for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in familial/academic/social/political/cultural contexts. Ability to utilize this knowledge in diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic treatment planning.
• Ability to distinguish language acquisition deficits of Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from clinically significant psychopathology.
• Ability to critically review literature in the field of counseling and modify evidence-based practices to a deaf and hard-of-hearing student population.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience providing consultation services, short-term individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management and consultation services with a range of clinical issues and pathology.
• Training and experience with clients who present with complex and severe psychopathology and experience providing treatment and consultation to this population.
• Demonstrated ability to handle complex, rapid changing clinical situations (e.g. crisis situations, several psychopathology, suicide and homicide assessment and intervention).
• Working knowledge of evidence-based practices, including a working knowledge of and ability to apply a variety of evidence-based and psychotherapy techniques (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy).
• Understanding of the college-age normative development and its challenges.
• Demonstrated experience in providing culturally competent services to a diverse client population.
• Effective interpersonal skills and the ability and willingness to contribute to a team-oriented work environment with other campus and NTID service providers.
• Excellent oral/sign and written communication skills.
• Understanding of, and compliance with, the ethical and legal issues involved in the provision of clinical services.
• Experience using information technology and computerized databases.

Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References

How to Apply

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Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

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