Indigenous Counsellor
Langara College
Vancouver, BC
2d ago

Job Description :

Langara College is committed to Truth and Reconciliation. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive college community that celebrates its intercultural mosaic and place on traditional, ancestral, unceded Musqueam territory.

We respect equity, diversity, and inclusion within our workforce; preference will be given to Indigenous candidates with lived experience that possess the qualifications for this position.

The Indigenous Counsellor will provide culturally sensitive individual counselling, group / workshop based supports, and crisis intervention services to enrolled Indigenous students.

This key position will support the College’s commitment to align practices and processes with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

This role is a non-instructional faculty position that reports to the Chair, Counselling with close liaison with the Executive Director, Indigenous Education Services (IES), IES staff and Elders.

The Indigenous Counsellor will be an integral part of both Indigenous Education and Services and Counselling, and may work partially or fully out of the snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Indigenous Gathering Space.

Acknowledging that the Indigenous Counsellor role is new to the College and will be a unique role with our team, the incumbent will have the opportunity to shape this role and inform how it can best support the needs of Indigenous students.

The methods adopted will be responsive, creative, and in keeping with Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Provide culturally sensitive individual counselling, assessment, and crisis intervention services to enrolled Indigenous students presenting with personal, career / academic, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health issues from a perspective that respects Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
  • Ensure that consistent efforts are made to connect students with opportunities for culture-based healing practices and teachings, and promote cultural inclusiveness, responsiveness, and sensitivity.
  • Assess and respond appropriately to urgent situations.
  • Design, plan or coordinate and deliver culturally-based workshops and / or group sessions on wellness and personal management topics for Indigenous students.
  • Work closely with members of Indigenous Education Services, Student Services, and academic leaders to support Indigenous students.
  • Regularly participate in team meetings within Indigenous Education Services and Counselling.
  • Liaise with and refer Indigenous students to other services and resources within the College or to agencies / programs in the community as needed, to coordinate support.
  • Consult and support College faculty / staff, who are working with Indigenous students, on supports available, supporting students with their wellbeing, and navigating appropriate College Policies.
  • Participate on departmental and College committees.
  • Serve as a back-up counsellor across all student populations, as needed.
  • Maintain confidential counselling records / databases and provide statistical reports on service delivery as required.
  • Key Counselling Responsibilities from an Indigenous lens :
  • Provide trauma informed counselling : e.g. inter-generational and residential school trauma
  • Assess and intervene appropriately to crisis situations : e.g. suicide ideation and threat assessment
  • Support Indigenous students who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence
  • Support student through transitions, career indecision, and with common mental health concerns, including depression and anxiety
  • Provide grief and loss counselling
  • Provide support to Indigenous students experiencing racism, violence in relationships, lateral violence, and substance misuse
  • Identify and support Indigenous students dealing with isolation factors
  • Support students with issues related to academic success
  • Engage in culturally responsive holistic approaches to develop proactive educational programming and respond to student needs
  • Required Qualifications :

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Counselling or equivalent from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • Certification with a recognized Professional Association is preferred (e.g. RCC, CCC, RCSW, RSW, or equivalent).
  • Experience communicating and working with diverse Indigenous populations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, traditions and protocols.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts around Indigenization, decolonization, and familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report.
  • An understanding and appreciation for Indigenous ways of being and knowing, and how they might apply in a counselling setting.
  • Demonstrated ability in crisis management, intervention and problem-solving skills.
  • Interest and / or experience in public speaking, group presentations and group facilitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Experience working in Post-Secondary environment is an asset.
  • This is a permanent position and after 3 years of service and successful evaluations, the IES Counsellor will have a Continuing contract.

    Salary Range : Salary placement is on Langara instructors’ salary scale in accordance with qualifications and experience.

    Closing Date :

    Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide proof of educational and professional credentials noted on their resume.

    We thank you for your interest in Langara College and taking the time to complete an application. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

    Internal candidates will be given first consideration. Please be advised that due to the amount of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce.

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