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Student Counseling Specialist


Responsible to a Dean, a Director or Associate Director, or equivalent higher level administrator.

Responsible for providing counseling services for individuals and groups regarding a wide range of personal concerns related to their goals, needs, values, attitudes, conflicts, personal and interpersonal problems, educational or career choice, academic or work functioning, social relationships, and crisis related to developmental stages and life transitions through participation in all aspects of the university counseling or mental health service.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

Applies principles, methods and procedures for facilitating effective functioning during the life-span developmental process, intended to help persons acquire or alter personal-social skills, improve adaptability to changing life demands, enhance environmental-coping skills, and develop a variety of problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.

Provides professional consultation for students, faculty, staff, parents, and others regarding a variety of issues related to personal growth and adjustment, developing in service training programs, and assisting the educational institution in designing methods of coping with persistent problems of the students.

Participates in the educational programs, both graduate and undergraduate, of the departments of counselor education, psychology, psychiatry, and others by participating in or offering seminars and courses, supervising the clinical, academic and research experiences of students.

Conducts research related to counseling, student development and university life, student needs assessment, and to the evaluation of outreach programs serving student needs.

Serves on university committees and is active in regional, state, and national professional organizations.

Education and Experience

Must be licensable as a mental health counselor in the State of Florida. Must have a master’s degree in mental health counseling, guidance, psychology, or rehabilitation counseling at a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education.

Licensure and Certification

Must be licensable as a mental health counselor in the State of Florida.



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