The Counsellor is accountable to a Manager, Counselling Services for the provision of front line clinical mental health programs and services. Ultimately, this position underpins the mission of Counselling Services, which focuses on supporting and promoting academic success, student and campus mental health, psychological wellness and safety within members of a diverse and global Waterloo community.
The mental health, psychological wellness and safety of students are fundamental to the mandate of the university since they are a foundation for personal and academic success.
There is a qualified internal within the role.
There are three positions available.
For supporting mental health and wellness, as well as personal academic and personal success to clients (i.e., primarily students)
Clinical assessments: initial/intake assessments; risk of harm assessments
Individual and group counselling/psychotherapy
Responding to clients in crisis, providing same day service as needed
Providing support coordination
Clinical case note and report writing
Termination planning and referral
Working from a short-term brief therapy model along with a behavioural health perspective, the expectation is that most clients can be assisted within a limited number of meetings
The Counsellor is an advocate for and supports students’ academic success and personal learning
Collaborate and consult with key campus support services (e.g., AccessAbility Services, Health Services, Student Success Office, etc.) related to students’ personal and academic needs
Collaborate and consult with faculty, including individual faculty members, the Associate Deans’ offices and academic support areas in the interest of students’ academic success, retention and graduation
Design, facilitate and evaluate seminars sessions on various topics (e.g., coping skills, etc.)
Design, facilitate and evaluate training to student leaders and other key stakeholders across campus on various topics, including suicide prevention
The partnership for the mental health, health and wellness, well-being and safety of the campus community includes active collaboration and teaming with a focus on client issues of shared concern
The Counsellor is committed to best clinical practice and best practice in mental health
The Counsellor has a thorough and expert understanding of developmental issues of late adolescence (e.g., relationships, mental health, disordered eating, transition, sexuality, etc.)
Remains current with pertinent ethical requirements, research and considerations relevant to the fields of counselling/psychotherapy, mental health assessment and crisis management
Maintains a high level of knowledge and awareness of changes and developments in the fields of higher education and counselling, and their implications for the organization and delivery of counselling and clinical services within the institution
Represents the interest of the department at conferences, workshops, etc.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team member, the Counsellor attends interdisciplinary team meetings, department meetings, Campus Wellness meetings, and other meetings as requested or directed by their Manager in Counselling Services
Under the direction of their Manager, the Counsellor may provide supervision of graduate students who are participating in clinical residency, internship or practicum placements
A graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in the counselling professions (e.g. psychology, social work, etc)
Theoretical and practical training in individual and group counselling
Registration with a College under the Ontario’ Regulated Health Professions Act (1991)
Proven record of achievement in clinical counselling. Scope of practice must include clinical work with adolescent and young adult population
Experience in university or college setting is beneficial and strongly preferred
Demonstrated skill and effectiveness in the application of a broad spectrum of psychological interventions/therapies especially Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and expertise in behavioural health
Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written) and organizational skills
Demonstrated initiative and strong skills in problem solving and decision making
Proven ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team
Role will involve unusual hours and schedules
Maintain a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check