Personal Counsellor/Mental Health Worker

Job description

Personal Counsellor/Mental Health Worker

Date Posted: 03/19/2021
Req ID: 3251
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Health & Counselling Centre
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


About us:

The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, U of T Mississauga offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

The Health & Counselling Centre (HCC) at UTM is a multi-disciplinary health clinic that provides student-friendly medical care, mental health counselling, and health education and promotion programs and services to a diverse student population of undergraduate and graduate students. The HCC strives to empower students to make healthier, evidence-based choices to support their growth and development, assists students in their pursuit of academic success, and promotes adoption of positive coping skills to foster greater resiliency in the pursuit of current and future goals. The HCC works closely with other departments across the University with the goal of ensuring students have timely access to quality medical and mental health supports.

Your opportunity:

Under general direction of the Lead Counsellor, Health & Counselling Centre, the incumbent is responsible for providing counselling and short term psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students of diverse ages, economic levels and cultural backgrounds who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties (e.g., family problems, interpersonal conflicts, anxiety, low self-esteem) using individual, couple, or group counselling methods. She/he must assess and refer, as appropriate, to community resources and available supports for students; act as a resource for other student service professionals and make referrals to other areas/resources within UTM (i.e. Accessibility Services, psychiatric services, academic advising, career counselling, Academic Skills Centre), the University and the community; and participate in Orientation and other outreach programs as required.

The incumbent will be providing counselling services within the HCC, as well as while embedded within other departments on campus. The incumbent will be responsible for working independently on outreach initiatives specific to the student populations in these departments to increase access to supports on and off campus, and assist with the transition to student life at UTM, as well as within academic departments on campus. There will be opportunities to deliver information on wellness and resiliency through webinars and workshops, and to participate in health promotion activities delivered by the HCC.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing clinical counselling and psychotherapy for students and making referrals to appropriate resources
  • Providing initial clinical support and/or counselling to distressed students in crisis and making referrals to appropriate resources
  • Screening students to determine suitability for short-term counselling
  • Determining if there is a life-threatening situation, risk of self-harm or harm to others and independently applying appropriate interventions
  • Developing components of treatment plans based on appropriate therapeutic approaches
  • Updating and maintaining patient records
  • Developing psychotherapeutically-appropriate materials for group counselling, workshops, and intake procedures for clients
  • Assessing the mental health of clients

+Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in social work or counselling/psychotherapy or acceptable combination of equivalent experience. Must be a current member, in good standing, within a Regulated Health Profession.
  • Minimum five years of independent clinical experience, after completion of degree requirements and training or relevant counselling experience, including experience in an outpatient or Community setting
  • Experience with the young adult population (17-25 year olds) is required
  • Prior experience with crisis counselling, and with walk-in or same-day counselling
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to deliver training and workshops to staff and students on mental health related topics
  • Prior training and focus of practice in working with individuals who have experienced trauma or have been diagnosed with PTSD
  • Familiarity and experience with short-term, goal-oriented, evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  • Prior experience with single-session therapy
  • Prior experience developing and facilitating group therapy programs
  • Experience providing multi-cultural counselling is required
  • Strong counselling, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working within short-term counselling model (i.e., 8-session limit)
  • Good judgment and reliability
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills (e.g., MS Office, Internet, Outlook), and comfortable with virtual presenting and technology

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Prior cultural competency training an asset
  • Experience delivering Mindfulness Meditation sessions an asset
  • Familiarity with electronic medical record keeping an asset
  • Prior experience working within a multi-disciplinary treatment team and/or within a primary care environment an asset
  • Prior experience with Stepped Care model an asset

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Patient
  • Perceptive
  • Team player

Closing Date: 04/08/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 15 -- $83,481 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $106,758. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Health & Wellbeing

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto 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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time