Psychotherapist (Generalist), Job #7060

Area of Appointment: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is collecting applications for a general staff psychotherapist or psychologist. The position may be part- or full-time pending the needs of the center and availability of the successful candidate.  Please state in your application materials your availability for full-time work.  The therapist position is primarily focused on direct clinical service (individual and couples counseling, group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention). 

Professional Duties: General duties will include provision of time‐limited individual and couples therapy, group therapy, intake assessments, crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation. Depending on the needs of the center, and qualifications of the successful hire, the position may also include clinical supervision of practicum and/or postgraduate residents. It is expected that the person who is hired into this role will work collaboratively and productively with colleagues.

Rank and Salary:    Appointment will be made at the Student Services Professional‐Academic Related 1 (SSP‐AR I) level and will be an academic year (9 month) position. This is a non-tenure track faculty position.

Rank and salary are dependent upon the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Structure is available at:   

Professional Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

      • A master’s or doctorate degree in the field of clinical or counseling psychology or applied (clinical) social work.
      • California license-eligible (as a Psychologist, LMFT, or LCSW) by date of appointment.
      • Experience in time‐limited psychotherapy and crisis intervention with young adults.
      • Competence in the assessment and treatment of AOD issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
      • Solid team player with good communication skills.
      • Ability to keep up with the fast pace of the center and maintain timely case documentation.
      • Multicultural competence.

Preferred qualifications:

      • Previous experience providing psychological services in a university or college counseling center.
      • Interest and experience working with international, historically underrepresented, and/or underserved student communities (e.g., Latino, African American, and Native American students).
      • Interest and experience providing clinical supervision, particularly with counseling students just learning to be therapists.
      • Specialization in time-limited approaches to therapy (such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
      • Experience and interest in leading psychotherapy or psycho-educational groups.
      • Strong skills in suicide risk assessment and management and working with “high risk” issues more generally.
      • Bilingual (ability to conduct services in both English and Spanish).

General Information:  

Cal Poly Humboldt is one of the smaller campuses of the 23-campus California State University system, with about 8,200 students.  Founded in 1913, Humboldt is a residential and rural campus located in Arcata, California.  Humboldt is known for its open and friendly campus environment and has a national reputation for academic excellence, especially in the sciences. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is housed on the 2nd floor of the Health & Counseling building on campus. The facility includes 13 clinician offices, a reception area and waiting room, a group room, a professional library, a conference room, and a staff kitchen. CAPS consists of eight licensed therapists, and several postgraduate residents and practicum trainees, working as a team. Peer consultation is emphasized and constantly utilized in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. The staff is especially interested in clinicians who will support this type of work environment. Most of our professional staff members are involved in supervising trainees.

Professionals at CAPS represent a range of theoretical orientations.

Region Description:

Cal Poly Humboldt is located in the northwestern part of the state along the pacific coast, situated among redwood trees in an area that offers unmatched scenic beauty, moderate climate, and many opportunities for outdoor activities. The community of Arcata is largely a college town with a weekly farmer’s market, many restaurants and bookstores and independent shops.  Arcata has a population of about 18,000, while Humboldt County has a population of about 136,000 and offers an excellent range of business, services, and cultural activities.  

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the State. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at: 

Background Check: Cal Poly Humboldt conducts Live Scan criminal history background checks for all new hires, including current counselors applying for vacant counselor positions. Live Scan fingerprinting costs will be borne by the University. Confidential background check results are reported to Human Resources.

Application:   For consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application describing skills and experience, reasons for interest, and the unique qualities you would bring to Humboldt.  In addition, please submit a detailed resume/C.V., and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references.  Also, see Humboldt application instructions at: Send material, referencing job # 7060 (Generalist Focus), to:

Counseling and Psychological Services

Attention: Stephanie Saunderson, Office Manager

Cal Poly Humboldt

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone (707) 826-3236 / Fax (707) 826-5735

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled.  Applications will be reviewed in the order of arrival.  Early response is encouraged.  Candidates are welcome to utilize fax (707-826-5735), e-mail (, or post for correspondence.

Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The successful candidate for this position will be mandated to receive relevant training on an annual basis. The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or


Job# 7060 

Emergency Numbers

Humboldt Public Safety
(707) 826-5555

CAPS, including after-hours phone support
(707) 826-3236

Humboldt County Mental Health
(707) 268-2900

24-Hour County Crisis Line
(707) 445-7715