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Core Faculty -Holistic Counseling Psychology, Somatic Specialization


Department/Program: College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Type: Full-time

Location: Pleasant Hill

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) at John F. Kennedy University  is looking to hire a full time faculty for the Master's program in Holistic Counseling Psychology - Somatic Psychology Specialization. The CGPS is a community of educators, practitioners, and students who share a vision of personal and social transformation. The Holistic Counseling Psychology Program prepares students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. The Somatic specialization is on the vanguard of body oriented Psychotherapy, focusing on the use and awareness of the body in psychotherapeutic work.

Responsibilities include teaching 24 units annually with expertise in somatic skills; active participation in program, college, and university governance; maintain a program of scholarship or community/professional service; provide assistance to the Program Chair and fellow faculty in the formulation and execution of academic policy and curriculum development; mentorship of new and continuing students; dedication to personal growth within a somatic and transpersonal context; work as part of an academic team that is spread over three campuses; provide high-quality academic instruction using a holistic model of teaching; create exciting and experiential learning opportunities for students; and guide students though writing, editorial work, and critical thinking using APA writing guidelines.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in Somatic Psychology and a vision for its future and the practice of counseling psychology. Must demonstrate knowledge in clinical theory and practice; hold understanding in trauma psychology, developmental psychology, and diagnosis and assessment. Knowledge of family systems theory and practice strongly desired.

Applicants preferably have a Doctoral degree in Psychology or a related field; a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology or the equivalent, and a minimum of two years teaching in a college or university setting. Experience working with adult students and in curriculum development highly desired. Must exhibit excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be committed to diversity in all aspects of education. Applicants should be licensed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter which includes a statement of educational philosophy as it pertains to Somatic perspectives in Holistic Counseling Psychology, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to with SOMATIC in the subject line, or send by fax to 925.969.3451, or mail to:

John F. Kennedy University
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523