Regular full-time position (10-month continuing appointment)—Guelph, ON


If you’re an experienced clinician with excellent therapy and group therapy skills who can also excel at brief counselling, this position in the University of Guelph’s Counselling Services represents an exciting career opportunity.


Reporting to the Manager of Counselling Services, you’ll provide clinical work with students, either on an individual or group basis, to assist them in their personal and academic goals. In consultation with the student and through professional assessment, you’ll offer brief counselling for a variety of developmental and mental health-presenting concerns.


As a Counsellor/Therapist, you’ll also work as a point person with the department of Student Experience and other University groups to provide a bridge to Counselling Services for racially and ethnically diverse students. Working with other counsellors on the team, you’ll offer a drop-in for racialized students, and develop and provide clinical education/workshops/groups for racially and ethnically diverse students or student groups. As well, you will  collaborate with several offices within Student Experience and with student groups to increase accessibility and allow for ease of referral to Counselling Services for racialized students.


Your duties in this role will also encompass providing crisis intervention, training, consultation and/or support to students, faculty and the larger University community, contributing to team development, fulfilling administrative requirements such as electronic record keeping, and participating in broader University committees and projects.



To assume the role of Counsellor/Therapist, you should have a profile that includes:

  • Masters level in Social Work, Counselling, Psychology or equivalent along with a minimum of three years supervised clinical experience in individual and group therapy. Membership in a regulated professional college required.
  • Demonstrated brief therapy and group therapy skills as well as experience with drop-in counselling and single session work.
  • Experience working with individuals with diverse and intersecting identities through anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach. Clinical experience engaging students in an intercultural context and addressing racial and intergenerational trauma.
  • A broad understanding of development, particularly in adolescence/young adulthood.
  • Experience with the breadth and complexity of problems presented by students (anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, developmental issues, trauma, loss, grief, etc.). Some mental health service experience an asset.
  • Experience in crisis intervention, and risk assessment and management.
  • Ability and willingness to consult with and develop the inter-disciplinary team.
  • Understanding the broader mental health system including emergency mental health services, procedures, and legislation. Clear understanding of privacy legislation.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills including strong written, oral and presentation skills.
  • Electronic record keeping skills as well as proficiency with computers, MS Office or other word processing, and presentation software.
  • Ability to work in different locations/colleges in the University depending on service need.
  • Ability to work flexible work hours on some evenings.


NOTE: This appointment is regularly performed on-campus but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be initially fulfilled remotely (off-campus) until the University resumes its regular operations.


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 engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.


To view a detailed posting for the role of Counsellor/Therapist including application instructions, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2021-0291, must be sent to:


At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.