Employee Assistance Counselor (234 views)

East Lansing, MI 48824
March 4, 2024

Employee Assistance Counselor


Position Summary

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at Michigan State University provides a wide range of mental health and supportive services for MSU employees and their dependents.  We invite applicants for a full-time Counselor to join our growing team. We are a staff who strive to use multicultural and collaborative approaches to provide quality care. We believe diversity enriches the workplace and enhances personal growth, and we strongly value cultural humility, social justice, and accessibility.


Position Description

This is a generalist position that will provide short-term comprehensive psychotherapy services in-person and via telehealth for MSU employees (faculty, staff, graduate student employees, and retirees) and their benefits-eligible family members.  The services provided by the counselor include but are not limited to: clinical assessment; short-term counseling (1 to 6 sessions) to individuals, couples, and/or families; case management; and referral services for clients that require services beyond those provided by the EAP.  The counselor will plan and implement supportive group services, workshops, wellness classes, and/or other sessions to help targeted populations develop knowledge and skills to respond to or prevent emotional problems.  The counselor will participate in staff meetings, multicultural seminars, peer review and clinical supervision, continuing education programs, and other organizational meetings. Moreover, the counselor will complete other duties as specified and assigned. 


About the EAP

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential short-term counseling and referral service provided at no cost to MSU faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees, and their insurance eligible dependents who are located within the state of Michigan.  We provide emotional assistance and counseling support to all eligible individuals as they attempt to work through a wide range of clinical and personal issues, such as work-related stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship challenges, family conflict, trauma, or grief and loss.  We are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the emotional health of the entire MSU community.  To learn more about the MSU EAP, please visit our website: https://eap.msu.edu/about.


Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

  • One or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a Masters in Counseling Psychology or Masters in Social Work
  • Three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in a clinical psychology setting, crisis intervention or education; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Full licensure or limited licensure in the state of Michigan.


Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field.
  • Demonstrated competency/expertise and commitment in working with one or more of the following groups/populations: diverse, multicultural populations including international and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; LGBTQ+ populations; and persons with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated competency or expertise in working with a wide range of clinical issues, including mood/anxiety disorders, trauma (including PTSD and complex trauma), psychiatric crises, critical incidents, and substance abuse disorders.
  • Experience and comfort with brief psychotherapy and crisis intervention.
  • Experience working in an EAP setting.
  • Experience and comfort with the delivery of telehealth services.
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking and development of outreach programming.
  • Experience with electronic record keeping.
  • Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Work experience in a clinical mental health setting.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.


Applicants should apply on-line at https://careers.msu.edu/ and search for posting #932918


Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Copy of licensure


Special Instructions

This position is a hybrid position, some of the work can be done remotely but at least 3 days a week will require onsite work in East Lansing. 


Work Hours



Description of End Date

This is an off-dated position funded for one year from date of hire, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.





Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Bidding eligibility ends March 5, 2024 at 11:55 P.M.