Elefant in der Lichthalle während Peter Kubelkas Gasthof, ca. 1983, Foto: Hans Wagner


Mental Health Counselor in part-time (d/f/m)

starting May 1st 2023.

The Mental Health Counselor helps students articulate the challenges they face while showing them ways to improve their mental well-being. Although the Mental Health Counselor will not treat mental illnesses, he*she*they help students navigate the effects of mental conditions, such as grief, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Mental Health Counselor also guides students through relationships, job transitions, and other situations affecting their mental well-being. To meet the needs of each student, the Mental Health Counselor keeps abreast of new theories and techniques, and may consult with social workers, psychologists, and other helping professionals to inform their practice. The Mental Health Counselor meets with students individually.

Your major responsibilities:

  • Provide comprehensive individual counseling services to diverse students with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to the following: adjustment issues, interpersonal relationships, stress and time management, conflict issues, anxiety, depression, grief, and loss, gender and sexuality, suicidality, and substance abuse.
  • Utilize a model of therapy that is appropriate for the needs of the student.
  • Promptly maintain clinical records following legal statutes and ethical codes.
  • Provide crisis consultation and intervene as appropriate to preserve the safety of the student.
  • Provide information and support to facilitate psychiatric hospitalization for students as required.
  • Provide information, referral, and psychoeducation for individuals who are eligible for services.
  • Consult with concerned families/friends of students, staff, and faculty, as requested, and within the limits of confidentiality and privacy.
  • Create and deliver educational outreach programs on topics related to mental health.
  • Establish group therapy, outreach, and programming for racial/ethnic populations that have historically been underserved.
  • Collaborate with Administration staff in sharing necessary information to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
  • Other duties assigned by the Chancellor or Rector.

Your qualifications:

  • Master's Degree counseling, social work, or marriage and family, with a minimum of five years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Must be independently licensed before hire. 
  • Experience providing mental health services to people between 18 to 30 years of age.
  • Experience and a history of providing services to diverse populations including BIPOC, LBGTQ+ populations, First Generation college students, and various physical and health abilities.
  • Experience leading group therapy.
  • Knowledge of addictions counseling and harm reduction.
  • Adherence to professional development and training for the maintenance of licensure.
  • Excellent written skills and experience with timely client notes.
  • Experience with the process of diagnosis and writing treatment plans to guide therapy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to maintain stable performance and emotional control when faced with opposition, pressure, or alternative approaches from others and/or during stressful conditions.
  • Ability to adapt easily to change and adapt in response to new information or shifts in the situation.
  • Ability to communicate in a positive, compassionate, and professional manner with students, staff, faculty, visitors, and other divisions in the university.
  • Ability to deliver quality service in a professional, compassionate manner with respect for the dignity and identities of all that enter the Counseling Office.
  • Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

Our Offer:

  • A diverse, interesting, and international work environment in the stimulating atmosphere of an art school
  • A freelance position
  • A working time on average of 8-16 hours / week during the semester, depending on the demand


  • Depending on the residency: a (German) tax number for invoicing
  • Sharing personnel data (birthdate, address, highest educational degree, and university) for purpose of the contract and for statistics of the land of Hesse (anonymous)

The Städelschule aims to increase the proportion of women and strongly encourages applications from qualified women. Likewise, the Städelschule is committed to anti-discriminatory measures in its personnel policy and is committed to increasing diversity. Furthermore, the Städelschule strives to create application and working conditions that are as barrier-free as possible. In this context, the Städelschule actively supports applications from people with disabilities.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Karolin Augart, Head of Human Resources: personal@staedelschule.de.

If you are interested, please send your application with a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, with the subject "Mental Health Consultant" to: Karolin Augart, Head of Human Resources at: personal@staedelschule.de.

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