In line with the University of Waterloo’s goal of promoting and supporting Indigenous initiatives and a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity for all, and the University’s objective of improving the representation, participation and engagement of equity–seeking groups within our community, Counselling Services strives to create a diverse and inclusive staff team that reflects our society and our student body. In order to address the unique needs and concerns of Indigenous students, we are seeking an Indigenous candidate who has clinical knowledge and experience in mental health and wellness matters related to the lived experiences of Indigenous individuals and communities. This role will also receive support from and work closely with the Indigenous Initiatives Office and the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre.
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.
The ideal candidate will meet the qualifications below and will be an Indigenous person (First Nations Status or Non-Status, Métis, and/or Inuit). Lived experience in an Indigenous community or communities would be an asset.
The University is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Clinical assessments: initial/intake assessments; risk of harm assessments
Individual and group counselling/psychotherapy
Responding to clients in crisis
Clinical case note and report writing
Termination planning and referral
Working along a continuum from single session therapy to a short-term brief therapy model--the expectation is that most clients can be assisted within a limited number of meetings
Design, facilitate and evaluate seminars sessions on various topics related to wellness
Design, facilitate and evaluate training to student leaders and other key stakeholders across campus on various topics, including well-being or cultural specific wellness workshops such as medicine wheel teachings
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
Engage in internal and external partnerships with local Indigenous community supports and on campus Indigenous resources such as the Indigenous Initiatives Office and the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre to build a network of support services and referral services for Indigenous students
Establish a group of Elders on which you can call for support with Indigenous students
Engage in training opportunities for various stakeholders around Indigenous wholistic wellness supports
Collaborate and consult with key campus support services (e.g., Indigenous Initiatives Office, Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, 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
Develop relationships and partnerships across campus and with local communities
Builds connections with the communities the students are from
In collaboration with other stakeholders, help create relationships from an Indigenous perspective/service need
Establish multiple connections to community services, organizations, knowledge keepers, Elders, campus partners, to better serve Indigenous students
The Counsellor has a thorough and expert understanding of developmental issues of late adolescence (e.g., relationships, mental health, disordered eating, transition, sexuality, etc.)
Provides appropriate interventions for students using either Indigenous healing modalities and/or Western approaches to mental wellness, based on student need and preference
Reflects a unique understanding of the impact of intergenerational trauma and cultural trauma on the lives and mental health of Indigenous students
Incorporates the experience of living in Canada with family members and communities experiencing trauma on and off campus
Recognizes the common barriers facing Indigenous students when accessing mental health support
Creates Indigenous related programs and services for Counselling Services
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
Multi-Disciplinary Team Member
A graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in the counselling professions (e.g. psychology, social work, etc.). Preference for Indigenous-focused Master of Social Work programs
Theoretical and practical training in individual and group counselling
Eligible for registration with a College under the Ontario’ Regulated Health Professions Act (1991)
The successful candidate will be First Nations, Metis, or Inuit with lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures and values and strong ties to First Nations, Metis and/or Inuit communities
Proven experience relationship-building with Indigenous populations
Knowledge and or experience or skills in the area of Indigenous-focused counselling
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
Counselling or outreach experience with culturally marginalized, at-risk, Indigenous, and other underrepresented groups
In-depth knowledge of colonization, Indigenous and Canadian histories, intergenerational trauma in the context of Indigenous people
Knowledge of the Indian Act
Knowledge of the health services offered to status Indians / Metis / Inuit
Thorough understanding of Indigenous cultures, practices and ceremonies
Knowledge of current issues facing Indigenous people
Skilled in training others on issues facing Indigenous people
Familiarity with current research and professional literature pertaining to racial trauma and how it may impact a student’s experience, both emotionally and academically
Experience working with individuals who have experienced oppression, racism, homophobia, transphobia and/or ableism
Connections with and awareness of community organizations that support Indigenous communities
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
The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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