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University of Guelph




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The University of Guelph is one of Canada's leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineeering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to change lives and improve life.

Job Description

Support student wellness and the foundation of a healthy, capable student body by applying your counselling, risk assessment and management, and crisis intervention experience.

Your duties as a Counsellor / Therapist, reporting to the Manager of Counselling Services, will encompass direct clinical work with students, specifically focusing on students from Open Learning and Educational Support (which includes English Language Programs). Consulting with and supporting faculty and staff regarding the mental health and wellness concerns of students will also be a part of your role. In consultation with student and through professional assessment, you will provide short-term counselling and management of presenting concerns. As a Counsellor / Therapist, you will also provide crisis intervention, training, consultation and/or support to students, faculty and the larger university community. Further responsibilities will include being an effective and contributing team member, fulfilling administrative requirements such as electronic record-keeping, and participation in broader University committees and projects.

This is a temporary, full-time position, from September 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.

To assume the role of Counsellor / Therapist, you must have:

  • Master’s level degree in Social Work, Counselling, or equivalent; clinical membership in a regulated professional college; and a minimum three (3) years’ supervised clinical experience in individual/group therapy;
  • Experience working with students with diverse identities and cultural experiences;
  • Second language an asset, preferably Mandarin or Korean;
  • A broad understanding of growth and development in adolescence/young adulthood;
  • Experience with the breadth of students presenting concerns (anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, developmental issues, trauma, loss, grief), as well as the complexity;
  • Demonstrated expertise in crisis intervention, and risk assessment and management;
  • Experience working with an interdisciplinary team;
  • Understanding of the broader mental health system, including emergency mental health services, procedures and legislation;
  • Demonstrated brief therapy and group therapy skills;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; strong written, oral and presentation skills;
  • Electronic record-keeping skills; proficiency with computers (Office, Excel, and presentation software);
  • Clear understanding of privacy legislation; and
  • Ability to work flexible hours, with some evenings.

To view a detailed posting of this Counsellor / Therapist role, including application instructions, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2017-0328, must be sent to:

We thank all applicants for their interest, but wish to advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications from members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.

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University of Guelph
Posting Date: 26-Jul-2017Social Work Contract, Full-Time 8.00  Months Open 1 ASAP