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Job Req ID:  9711

Interactive Screening Protocol Program Counselor

This person will assist the Co-Principal Investigators of the Johns Hopkins Suicide Prevention Awareness, Response and Coordination (JH-SPARC) three-year SAMHSA grant in (a) the management and coordination of grant related activities and (b) the planning, coordination and implementation of the Interactive Screening Protocol (ISP) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).  This person will report directly to the Executive Director of the JHU Counseling Center, located at the university’s Homewood campus, but will be expected to meet with some number of respondents for follow-up consultations in locations on more than one JHU campus.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Interactive Screening Program (ISP) is an innovative, evidence-based way to reach people at risk for suicide and connect them with the support, information, and help they need. The ISP provides an anonymous, web-based method of outreach that starts with a brief, confidential online Stress & Depression Questionnaire. All participants, regardless of their responses, are offered the option of using the website’s “Dialogue” feature to communicate online with the counselor while remaining anonymous. The counselor’s key aims in their responses are to convey interest, support and availability, and to encourage engagement, whether in-person or through the anonymous online dialogues.  The counselor urges participants with significant problems to arrange an in-person meeting. During the in-person meeting, the participant is further evaluated and treatment options are discussed.  The program counselor coordinates all clinical referrals, and as needed, meets with the participant for additional sessions to make the transition to ongoing treatment.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assist the co-principal investigators in the organization, management and reporting of grant related information and data to SAMHSA.
  • Attend SAMHSA webinars and national conferences.
  • Work collaboratively with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to make all of the necessary arrangements to set up the ISP for use at JHU.
  • Assist in the development of semi-structured, customizable responses to completed questionnaires.
  • Ensure that participants receive timely responses to their completed questionnaires and to requests for further information or assistance.
  • Engage in on-on-one online anonymous “chats” with students seeking further information.
  • Develop protocols for referring ISP respondents to mental health resources on an off campus as needed.
  • Meet one-on-one, in-person with students who appear to need more contact with the counselor before they are ready or willing to seek services through an on or off campus mental health office.
  • Maintain contact with participants throughout the process of referral to on or off campus resources.
  • Obtain student informed consent for follow-up interviews to assess outcomes over one year.


Education and Licensure:            

Master’s degree in Social Work, Clinical Psychology or Counseling required.  Must be licensed in the state of Maryland.


  • Experience providing phone, on-line and/or in-person individual clinical services is desirable.
  • Experience providing services to students in a university setting is desirable.
  • Experience with research and grant-funded projects is desirable

Classified Title: Program Counselor
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full-time
Schedule: Fall and Spring Semesters: Monday and Thursday- 8:30-6:00 PM; Tues, Weds, Fri- 8:30-5:00 PM

Intersession and Summer: Monday through Friday- 8:30-5:00 PM
Employee subgroup: Exempt
Location: Baltimore, MD
Department name: Counseling Center
Personnel area: Homewood Student Affairs

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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