The Mental Health Counsellor a highly skilled professional responsible for assisting Western students to address emotional, social, behavioural, and developmental concerns as young adults and students within the academic context.
Through the integration of theory and practice, and with sensitivity to individual differences and multicultural issues, this role contributes to the well-being and safety of individual students and the campus community.
The incumbent will assist students with well-being concerns and promote mental health by facilitating stress reduction, self-awareness, self-care, emotional regulation, and creative problem solving.
The incumbent also provides consultation and expertise to campus services, administration, faculty, parents and families when necessary.
Masters in Counselling Psychology, Psychiatry or Social Work
Eligibility for Membership in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or the Ontario College of Social Workers
5 years of experience required working in a psychotherapeutic setting
Demonstrated skills and experience in working with Black, Indigenous and / or LGBTQ+ youth
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities :
Proven knowledge of therapeutic practice with adolescents and young adult population, adolescent and adult personality theory, assessment scales and tools, working with trauma, anti-violence work, individual and group psychotherapy
Demonstrated ability to effectively engage in crisis management
Ability to apply counselling / psychotherapy knowledge to on-on-one and group interactions
Ability to source new information resources for clients to seek resolution to challenges through research
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students
Demonstrated knowledge of the social determinants of health and the social consequences and risk factors associated with mental illness (e.
g., substance abuse and addiction, suicide, self-harm, stigma).
Knowledge of diversity as it affects different populations and service delivery, including, but not limited to, gender, sexual identity, cultural, First Nations, spirituality and racial issues
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with the Personal Health Information Protection Act
Well established and demonstrated interpersonal, relationship building, leadership, and oral and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills and proven ability to exercise a high level of initiative and independent judgement
Demonstrated knowledge of evaluative practice, research methods and data / information management
Commitment to continuous learning and professional development
Strong ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with other clinicians and members of the university community
Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce a current vulnerable sector record check from a police service prior to commencing employment.