Wellness Counsellor

Closed for Applications

The Wellness Counsellor is a Registered Social Worker or Psychotherapist, who provides clinical support and/or counselling services to SMC students who are experiencing personal, social and/or educational distress. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Wellness Counsellor provides personal counselling and solution/goal focused psychotherapy to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to personal counselling, the incumbent will act as a consultant to faculty, staff, and students on counselling and related matters, as well as conduct workshops and relevant training. Inherent in this role is the ability to screen students to determine their suitability for clinical counselling, as well as determining if there is any risk of self-harm or harm to others and applying appropriate interventions.

  • Department
    Office of the Dean of Students — Supervised by: Dean of Students
  • Compensation
    76,175.00/year
  • Hours
    80% FTE / 4 days - 28 hours per week
  • How to Apply
    hr.stmikes@utoronto.ca
  • Terms

    This position is covered by United Steelworkers “All Employee” Bargaining Unit

    Position Title: Wellness Counsellor
    Office: Office of the Dean of Students
    Supervisor Dean of Students
    Hours: 80% FTE / 4 days – 28 hours per week
    Compensation: 76,175.00/year
    Terms: One year term vacancy; potential to be extended
    Posting Date: June 24th 2022
    Closing Date: July 3rd 2022
    Apply to: hr.stmikes@utoronto.ca
    Attention: Human Resources
    (please include position title in subject line of email when submitting resume and cover letter)

    PROFILE

    The University of St. Michael’s College, federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge, meaning and truth, USMC is a dynamic center where Catholic intellectual thought thrives in a context of academic freedom and rigorous debate. The University of St. Michael’s College boasts a large and dynamic undergraduate division, an acclaimed Faculty of Theology and one of the busiest and most important libraries on the University of Toronto campus.

    POSITION SUMMARY
    The Wellness Counsellor is a Registered Social Worker or Psychotherapist, who provides clinical support and/or counselling services to SMC students who are experiencing personal, social and/or educational distress. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Wellness Counsellor provides personal counselling and solution/goal focused psychotherapy to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to personal counselling, the incumbent will act as a consultant to faculty, staff, and students on counselling and related matters, as well as conduct workshops and relevant training. Inherent in this role is the ability to screen students to determine their suitability for clinical counselling, as well as determining if there is any risk of self-harm or harm to others and applying appropriate interventions.

    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Conducting intake assessments and evaluating the mental health of clients.
    • Screening students to determine their suitability engaging in clinical counselling.
    • Providing initial support/counselling to students in crisis and making referrals to appropriate resources
    • Determining if there is a risk of self-harm or harm to others and applying appropriate intervention.
    • Determining the appropriate level of clinical intervention
    • Providing clinical counselling and psychotherapy to students and making referrals to appropriate resources.
    • Monitoring client flow and clinician adherence to intakes.
    • Updating and maintaining patient records
    • Developing treatment plans based on appropriate therapeutic approaches
    • Developing and facilitating community referrals and referring to the university or outside community.
    • Developing workshops and presentations on service related or specific topics. Develops, implements, and coordinates programs and presentations to educate students in areas of persona/student development.
    • Acts as a resource for student-initiated programs and groups focussed on meeting student support needs.
    • Maintaining awareness of current insight and theories of counselling and human development, as well as advances in counselling services and programs for university students.
    • Maintaining awareness of legal an ethical issue in counselling for the Province of Ontario.
    • Exercising extreme care to prevent serious physical or emotional injury or harm
    • Supervising the activities of one social work intern
    • Building strong relationships and working collaboratively with key stakeholders internal and external to the University.
    QUALIFICATIONS
    • Education & Certification: Master’s degree in counselling, social work, or a related field
    • Minimum five (5) years related experience.
    • Extensive experience with mental health and illness, behavioural issues, anger management, and conflict resolution.
    • 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, personal counselling, and psychoeducational workshops.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
    • Good judgment and sensitivity, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
    • Experience working with post-secondary students and knowledge of university and community mental health resources an asset.
    • 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.

    WORKING CONDITIONS
    • Normal office environment
    • Combination of in-person and virtual appointments to meet the preferences of students.
    • Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate the students’ timetables; this may require occasional work on evenings and/or weekends.

    As an employee of the University, you must be fully vaccinated to be able to attend and perform duties on University premises as required, even if some or all of your duties can be performed remotely.
    To read about our exemptions please visit our Guidelines on Vaccination.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

    The University of St. Michael’s College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.
    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    If you require accessibility accommodation, please contact Human Resources at hr.stmikes@utoronto.ca