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University of Toronto Scarborough

Counsellor / Therapist



Job Description

The Counsellor/Therapist is an integral member of the embedded mental health care team in the Health and Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough. As a member of counselling team, and under the direction of the Assistant Dean, the position provides personal counselling and solution/goal focused psychotherapy to students at the University in accordance with the University of Toronto Scarborough vision, mission, and strategic plan, and is expected to demonstrate quality and effectiveness in work habits.

The Counsellor/Therapist ensures the confidentiality of PHIPA information within the scope of their clinical activities in the HWC. Inherent in this role are the knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to critical thinking and decision making, ability to analyze and assess presenting mental health concerns, triage and assess clients during walk-in counselling , and collaborate with the medical team in the management of these mental health concerns, and flexibility and decision making in fluid situations with unpredictable outcomes.

Duties include: conducting screening/intake assessments; personal counselling and providing brief walk in counselling to individuals; facilitating discharge planning; developing and facilitating community referrals and referring to the university community; and running psycho-educational groups.

Minimum Requirements


Master's degree in counselling/psychotherapy or social work and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be in good standing with professional college.


Minimum five (5) years related experience. Related experience should be in a Community Mental Health Setting, and/or Outpatient Mental Health Unit where the incumbent has performed client intakes/assessments, crisis counselling, brief or short-term counselling to individuals, and psycho-educational workshops. Life coaching, mindful based therapies and alternative evidenced based therapies considered an asset. Extensive experience with mental health and illness, behavioural issues, anger management, and conflict resolution. Experience working with post-secondary students and knowledge of university and community mental health resources is an asset.


Keyboarding skills and working knowledge of relevant software is required (e.g. Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint); Excellent written and verbal communications skills.


Good judgment and sensitivity, flexibility and resourcefulness. Ability to communicate effectively with staff and senior academic administrators about issues facing students in crisis and make recommendations. Knowledge and competency in maintaining confidentiality of client information according to FIPPA and PHIPA legislation. Must have strong knowledge of community resources. Able to exercise patience, tact, judgment and discretion. Demonstrated ability to relate to students, staff, and faculty in ways that build confidence and trust. Able to work in a highly diverse community with students from varied backgrounds and a variety of age groups, presenting with a range of difficulties and personal issues.


Hours of Work:

80% FTE - 4 days per week, includes 1 Evening Shift (11:45am - 8:00pm) on either Wednesdays or Thursdays


Salary (pro-rated to 80% FTE):

$61,717 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $78,927


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11:59 PM on September 4, 2017

Contact Information

University of Toronto Scarborough
Posting Date: 23-Aug-2017Medical/Healthcare Permanent, Part-Time Open 1 ASAP