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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116027 CHEAR Behavioral Health Counselor III

Extended Deadline: Thu 7/7/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/28/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/09/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

* This position will be filled at 80-100%, meaning 32 hours-40 hours per week.*

This position has recently been accreted by UPTE HX union, and will be a part of that union moving forward.


The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research in the Department of Pediatrics conducts various behavioral-therapy studies aiming to decrease binge eating, overeating and obesity among children, adolescents, and adults. The Center also conducts community programs targeting binge eating, overeating, obesity and other eating disorders and provides clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults referred from UCSD, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, and other organizations.

This position provides support to clinical services, behavioral based research studies, and community programs aimed at improving health, with a primary focus on changing eating behavior and weight reduction. Diverse populations are targeted including men, women, children, minorities, and other high risk populations. Incumbent will provide variety of psychological services such as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention, clinical consultation, outreach and psycho-educational programming. The incumbent will support the program and projects by conducting intervention and treatment activities based on novel treatments, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. This position also requires gathering and maintaining detailed and accurate information on sessions with assigned study participants/patients according to protocols and procedures for protecting human subjects.

Services may be delivered at more than one location based on service needs and at the discretion of program leadership. Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of industry practices (i.e., regulatory requirements, healthcare laws) and campus policies and procedures; resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of industry practices and campus policies and procedures; resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


  • Master’s degree in related area or equivalent experience.

  • Three (3+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Proven knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards.

  • Thorough knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients' rights.

  • Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic approach and modify as necessary.

  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and / or workshops.

  • Strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

  • Highly effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Knowledge of business software and specialized applications / systems used in behavioral health settings.

  • Experienced in or knowledge of application of Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT).

  • Experience working in the area of obesity, eating behavior, general nutrition, psychology, and physical activity.

  • Demonstrated experience developing patient educational materials and resources.

  • Strong computer literacy and word processing skills with experience using database management software. Must be proficient in MS Word, email, Internet use.

  • Experience working with research study participants and knowledge of human subjects guidelines, working with community program participants, and/or clinic patients.

  • Proven experience implementing cultural sensitivity to workplace situations.


  • Experience with UCSD policies and procedures.
  • Experience working within a Pediatrics department.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Availability to work evenings.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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