University of Waterloo

  • Counsellor

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5230 - Counselling
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $66,605 - $83,256
  • Overview

    Term: 7 months 


    The Counsellor is accountable to a Manager, Counselling Services for the provision of front line clinical mental health programs and services. Ultimately, this position underpins the mission of Counselling Services which focuses on supporting and promoting academic success, student and campus mental health, psychological wellness and safety within members of a diverse and global Waterloo community. The mental health, psychological wellness and safety of students are fundamental to the mandate of the university since they are a foundation for personal and academic success.


    Clinical Services


    For supporting mental health and wellness, as well as personal academic and personal success to clients (i.e., primarily students)

    • Clinical assessments: initial/intake assessments; risk of harm assessments
    • Treatment planning
    • Individual and group counselling/psychotherapy
    • Responding to clients in crisis
    • Clinical case note and report writing
    • Termination planning and referral
    • Working from a short-term brief therapy model along with a behavioural health perspective, the expectation is that most clients can be assisted within a limited number of meetings



    The Counsellor is an advocate for and supports students’ academic success and personal learning

    • Collaborate and consult with key campus support services (e.g., AccessAbility Services, Health Services, Student Success Office, etc.) related to students’ personal and academic needs
    • Collaborate and consult with faculty, including individual faculty members, the Associate Deans’ offices and academic support areas in the interest of students’ academic success, retention and graduation
    • Design, facilitate and evaluate seminars sessions on various topics (e.g., coping skills, etc)
    • Design, facilitate and evaluate training to student leaders and other key stakeholders across campus on various topics, including suicide prevention
    • The partnership for the mental health, health and wellness, well-being and safety of the campus community includes active collaboration and teaming with a focus on client issues of shared concern

    Clinical Practice


    The Counsellor is committed to best clinical practice and best practice in mental health

    • The Counsellor has a thorough and expert understanding of developmental issues of late adolescence (e.g., relationships, mental health, disordered eating, transition, sexuality, etc)
    • Remains current with pertinent ethical requirements, research and considerations relevant to the fields of counselling/psychotherapy, mental health assessment and crisis management
    • Maintains a high level of knowledge and awareness of changes and developments in the fields of higher education and counselling, and their implications for the organization and delivery of counselling and clinical services within the institution
    • Represents the interest of the department at conferences, workshops, etc

    Graduate Supervision and Training

    • Under the direction of their Manager, the Counsellor provides supervision of graduate students who are participating in clinical residency, internship or practicum placements at Counselling Services

    Multi-Disciplinary Team Member

    • As part of a multi-disciplinary team member, the Counsellor attends interdisciplinary team meetings, department meetings, Campus Wellness meetings, and other meetings as requested or directed by their Manager in Counselling Services


    • A graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in the counselling professions (e.g., psychology, social work, etc)
    • Theoretical and practical training in individual and group counselling
    • Eligible for registration with a College under the Ontario’ Regulated Health Professions Act (1991)
    • Proven record of achievement in clinical counselling. Scope of practice must include clinical work with adolescent and young adult population
    • Experience in university or college setting is beneficial and strongly preferred
    • Demonstrated skill and effectiveness in the application of a broad spectrum of psychological interventions/therapies especially Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and expertise in behavioural health
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written) and organizational skills
    • Demonstrated initiative and strong skills in problem solving and decision making
    • Proven ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team
    • Fluency in two or more languages would be a great asset.
    • The position involves moderate psychological risk resulting from difficult and unavoidable exposure to disagreeable and uncomfortable environmental and psychological conditions
    • There will be unusual hours and schedules including evening hours and participation in an on-call system. Locations include satellite offices, Needles Hall, and Health Services


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