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Western University

Student Wellness Counsellor


Posted Mar 2112337-1566532

Company Information

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

The central mission of Western Law is to educate students in the core areas of Canadian law, in analytical skills and in effective legal research, writing and advocacy. We will also provide students with opportunities to apply their legal knowledge and to gain experience in group work, dispute resolution, and leadership skills development.

The mental health pilot in the Faculty of Law will assist in meeting the University’s vision to create a university campus that is resilient and cares about mental health and wellness, where students receive support as needed, where talking and learning about mental health reduces and eliminates the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where we build a more supportive and inclusive campus environment to enhance all students’ potential for success.

Job Description

The Student Wellness Counsellor is responsible for assisting students within the Faculty of Law to resolve personal, social and family difficulties that may affect their academic success. The incumbent will assist the Faculty and University in meeting its moral and ethical role of providing holistic and safe opportunities for students to learn.  Through the provision of support and opportunities to resolve issues related to their academic work, the Counsellor will contribute to the retention and success of students within the Faculty of Law.  The Counsellor will provide support via email, telephone and in-person in both one-on-one and group sessions, as well as referrals to other relevant university or community services when necessary.  The incumbent will work in collaboration to evaluate, develop and implement services aimed at promoting positive mental health, such as wellness programming, stress reduction, creative problem solving and other related subjects.
- Master’s Degree in Counselling, Psychology, Social Work, Counselling Psychology or a related discipline
-   Current membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the College of Psychologists of Ontario or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

-   5 years counselling experience with the young adult population
-   Experience in assessment and treatment of emotional, cognitive, behavioural and substance abuse problems
-   Counselling experience in a public post-secondary environment is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   Specific knowledge related to counselling approaches, a variety of problems and issues impacting the young adult population, assessment tools, and the ability to communicate this knowledge
-   In-depth knowledge of best practices for handling sensitive and confidential information
-   Knowledge of needs assessment methods and familiarity with instructional design methods in order to deliver instructional programs and courses
-   Ability to apply counselling knowledge to on-on-one and group counselling interactions
-   Ability to source new information resources for clients to seek resolution to challenges through research
-   Ability to think innovatively and deliver new programming ideas or service delivery models that meet the needs of a diverse range of clients
-   Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
-   Communication skills to listen to the complete message, solicit more information as required, and give feedback on the message received
-   Ability to effectively present information, and conduct training sessions and workshops
-   Ability to ensure confidentiality and privacy is maintained through the appropriate retention and destruction of information
-   Capacity to consider issues from the perspective of others and to understand and respect cultural and gender issues and apply this to daily work
-   Ability to apply regulations or professional standards to own work
-   Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
-   Interviewing skills to counsel students and address problems, questions or concerns
-   Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
-   Problem solving skills and sound professional judgment, especially regarding confidential/sensitive matters
-   Ability to interact professionally with students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University community
-   Proven ability to build both formal and informal professional relationships within, across, and external to organizational boundaries
-   Familiarity with Faculty of Law and University policies and procedures preferred


Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference 12337, by midnight on April 5th, 2018.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Contact Information

Western University
519-661-2111, ext. 85561