Two Professional Counsellor Positions
Stdnt WlBng-Cntr Stud Dev & Co
|Posted:||November 8, 2022|
|Deadline to Apply:||Tuesday, December 6, 2022|
Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, The Centre for Student Development and Counselling at Toronto Metropolitan University invites applications for two career-stream positions as Professional Counsellors, effective 23 January 2023, subject to final budgetary approval.
The successful candidates will primarily focus on supporting students in accordance with an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework. The Counsellors will provide care for all student populations and will be responsible for: providing single-session appointments and brief therapy; providing individual and group counselling and psychotherapy to students living with the impacts of mental health issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, social relationships, eating concerns, trauma, difficult family dynamics; engaging in community building, program development, and campus-wide initiatives to support student wellbeing on campus; and providing consultative support to university faculty and staff around student mental health needs.
The Counsellor position enhances the student experience at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), and embodies TMU’s commitment to a Whole Campus Whole Health approach to student development, health, and wellness. Counsellors engage in innovative program development and delivery aimed at fostering mental health and wellbeing and resilience in our diverse student population. This includes, but is not limited to working within a stepped care model of service delivery with a mandate to provide assessments, community referrals, individual and group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention. In addition to direct psychotherapy provision, these roles also contain a component of upstream and prevention work in collaboration with other units within the Office of the Vice Provost of Students (OVPS).
Candidates must hold a minimum Master's degree in Counselling Psychology or Social Work with a minimum of 5 years postgraduate experience in individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and program development. Candidates pursuing or holding a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology or a related discipline, are also welcome to apply.
Candidates shall further provide evidence of:
- Dynamic, innovative, evidence-informed counselling with a trauma-informed client-focused approach.
- Strong generalist counselling skills and an ability to work with a diverse client population in a brief/short-term goal-directed therapy practice model.
- Training and demonstrated practice of evidence-based trauma-informed therapeutic modalities such as, but not limited to, AEDP, EFT, DBT, EMDR
- Effective use of clinical judgment and decision-making skills to deliver counselling and crisis intervention services for students, including risk-assessment, complex case management, outreach and referrals.
- Strong interpersonal skills with an understanding and use of professional boundaries, roles and responsibilities; and strong collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in program development/coordination and developing and delivering community level initiatives
- An ability to function independently and as part of multiple teams, working with other student well-being staff who will be delivering programs to TMU students.
- An ability to effectively prioritize and ensure the completion of assigned work, to change priorities as the need arises, and to work efficiently.
- Experience, or demonstrated capacity to excel, in a post-secondary setting
- Membership, in good standing, of a regulatory college that is responsible for regulating the act of psychotherapy in the province of Ontario.
This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan University Faculty Association (TFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of TFA benefits can be found here.
Working at TMU
At the intersection of mind and action, TMU is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.
Dedicated to a people first culture, TMU is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to Professional Counsellors, including extended health, vision, and dental insurance, tuition waiver benefits, access to the TMU Retirement Pension Plan, five  weeks’ vacation per completed year of service and eight (8) professional development days per year. Counsellors also have access to our diverse faculty and staff networks.
TMU welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
About Student Integrated Health & Wellbeing
The Student Integrated Health and Wellbeing includes the Medical Centre, Centre for Student Development and Counselling, and Health Promotion Programs. In Student Integrated Health and Wellbeing, a comprehensive, holistic model of health is engaged to support students’ health and wellbeing. The Medical Centre provides health care services on campus including assessments, immunizations, physicals, and more. The Centre for Student Development and Counselling offers free, confidential counselling services from a team of professional counsellors and counselling interns. Using a personalized care model, the team works with students to develop a personal wellbeing plan, and services offered including group and one-on-one care. Finally, Health Promotion Programs shares health tips and strategies to students at TMU and runs the peer support program, because healthy students make better learners.
How to apply
Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications, consisting of the following, must be received by December 6, 2022:
- a letter of application;
- a resume or curriculum vitae; and
- names of three individuals who may be contacted as references
Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.
Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to Clara Tam, Director, Student Integrated Health & Wellbeing, at email@example.com.
Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at TMU are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com.
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