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Counsellor

  • Job ID ACAD-21/22-064
  • Location: Kingston
  • Deadline: June 24 / 2021
  • Job Type: Faculty
  • Start Date: Immediately
  • Department: Student Wellness & Accessibility
  • Number of Positions: 1

Duties

  • Responsible for the provision of intake, assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and referral as appropriate for students who self-identify with or are referred to Student Wellness & Accessibility for support.
  • Through individual and group counselling and psychotherapy support students in understanding their current situation, including living with temporary or permanent disabilities, and how it impacts on their learning in order to alleviate symptoms and promote self-awareness and self-advocacy skills.
  • Working with diverse groups of students, including international students and students from underrepresented groups (e.g. Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQQ2S+).
  • Where indicated, working closely with students to determine eligibility for academic accommodations and other related supports and services to assist the individual in working towards their academic goals.
  • Assisting administration, faculty and staff, in a consultative role in identifying and addressing student personal and interpersonal problems among students.
  • Provide consultation support to faculty on individual student needs, relating to disability.
  • Research, develop, and deliver relevant psychoeducational sessions, educational workshops to faculty, staff, students and parents on Student Wellness & Accessibility and its services and related topics.
  • Research, develop, and implement new modalities of counselling and accessibility supports as required.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Master’s in Psychology, Educational Psychology, Counselling, or Social Work with an in-depth understanding of current challenges in the provision of psychosocial supports, as well as disability/accessibility services in a post-secondary environment.  Registration in appropriate College is a must.

2-5 years of relevant and recent work experience working with young adult, and adult population, experience working in a post-secondary counselling and accommodation support role, including assisting individuals with learning, physical, and mental health related disabilities and in developing academic accommodation plans for student success. Background experience must include clinical experience and demonstrated proficiency in psychosocial assessment and interventions, including working with trauma, anti-violence work, crisis intervention, and individual psychotherapy including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Brief Therapy & other evidenced-informed Models. Relevant counselling competencies should also include at a minimum demonstrated working knowledge in psychiatric difficulties experienced by college students, mood disorders, substance abuse issues including street drugs, over the counter and prescribed medications, and their purpose; and eating disorders. Strong critical thinking, psychosocial assessment, intervention, and referral skills are a must. A knowledgeable understanding of the post-secondary environment, research skills, and the ability to relate well to students, faculty, and staff. Knowledge of and experience with a range of disabilities, including ADHD, Acquired Brain Injury, Blind/Visual Impairment, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Learning Disability, Medical Conditions, Mental Health Conditions and/or Mobility Impairment. Knowledge and experience in applying relevant disability-related legislation required.  Experience working as part of an interprofessional team.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who possess relevant experience working with students, and with experience working with diverse groups, including international populations and individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g. Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQQ2S+).

    Other Required Qualifications:

    • Excellent written/verbal/nonverbal communication skills appropriate for developing, facilitating and maintaining counselling programs and group presentations.
    • Ability to help students understand, prevent and overcome personal, social or educational difficulties.
    • Demonstrated awareness of individual differences, diversity, inclusivity, and cultural issues and their impact on practice.
    • Demonstrated theoretical and practical knowledge and application of counselling techniques, confidentiality, and current standards of professional practice.
    • Ability to offer time limited therapeutic intervention (4-6 sessions) based on sound counselling theories and proven clinical experience.
    • Demonstrated competence in independently managing crisis situations and an understanding of working with clients in crisis who present with severe emotional difficulties.
    • Ability to provide crisis intervention, risk and threat assessments.
    • A comprehensive knowledge of mental health issues.
    • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidelines governing the provision of services to students with disabilities in Ontario.
    • Ability to administer, analyze and interpret an assortment of assessments, tests, and inventories with clinical demonstration of competencies and service excellence.
    • Exceptional ability to function independently and as a member of an interprofessional team.
    • Strong time management, computer, analytical and research skills required.
    • Knowledge of community resources, agencies and professional services for referral purposes.
    • Knowledge of learning strategies and assistive technology, and experience assisting students to develop learning strategies would be an asset.

    PHYSICAL/WORK ENVIRONMENT ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    The successful incumbent must have the ability to report to the work location or work temporarily from a remote location with reliable internet access, as approved by the College and in accordance with the college’s Telework Policy

    Salary & Terms

    Full-Time Counsellor / Annual Salary Range: $66,555 – $115,378 (As of October 1, 2020 and commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with the Academic Collective Agreement).

    • Hours per week: 35
    • Posted Date: June 11, 2021
    • Closing Date: June 24, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)


    How to Prepare your Application for Submission: You will be able to attach only one document to your application. To prepare your application: Combine your cover letter and resume as one document. Save your document in .PDF, .doc, or .docx format using Last Name, First Name as your naming convention. Click on the Apply Here button and complete the application form. Attach your cover letter/resume document to the application form.

    THIS IS A FULL-TIME ACADEMIC BARGAINING UNIT POSITION

    The College is committed to employment equity. We encourage members of the designated groups to apply and self-identify. St. Lawrence College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. We will make appropriate accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process for applicants with disabilities on request, prior to the assessment phase. To obtain a copy of this position vacancy or any of the position related documents in an alternate format please contact employ@sl.on.ca and our Human Resources Consultants will address your requests for accommodation confidentially.