Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Clinical Lead

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Clinical Lead

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 24, 2021
Deadline December 07, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $68,698 - $85,873 - Annual
Location Brantford, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Date: Nov 23, 2021
Location: Brantford, CA
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Department: Dean of Students Office – Brantford
Job Type: Limited Term
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year)
Campus: Brantford
Reports to: Mgr, Stdnt Wellness Cent
Employee Group: PAG
Application Deadline: December 7, 2021
Requisition ID: 2923

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as a location in Kitchener. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

Position Summary 

The Student Wellness Centre at Laurier Brantford is comprised of a multi disciplinary team of professionals that provide physical, emotional and mental health support for students.

Within the Wellness team are counselors/psychotherapists, registered nurses, family physicians, psychiatrists, mental health nurse, and health educators. Reporting to the Manager, Student Wellness Centre, the Counsellor/psychotherapist role provides clinical and therapeutic support to registered Laurier students, using a short-term, goal-directed model. Specific clinical duties include collaborating with each student to determine individual student goals, challenges and areas requiring support to maximize personal and academic success at Laurier.

Specific clinical duties may include intake, assessment, intervention, evaluation, safety planning, crisis intervention and response, and short-term counseling/psychotherapy. This role is a leadership role, providing clinical consultation, supervision, and leading peer debriefing meetings. This role will provide more intensive client support, for those students needing more than just short-term care. This role will include supervision and evaluation or the clinical staff team and the processes.

Counsellors embrace a multi-disciplinary team and working environment, and appreciate the values of collaboration, communication and the opportunity to work closely with students.


Intake, Risk Assessment management

  • Facilitate intake process with students, including responding to questions, ensuring proper documentation and providing positive and welcoming first point of contact
  • Conduct risk/safety assessments for immediate risk of suicide, homicide, self or other harm
  • Ensure timely, effective and deescalating response to risk and crisis concerns
  • Work collaboratively with Mental Health Nurse, Special Constable Service, Case Manager, Student Wellness Centre where required
  • Create safety/wellness plans for management of suicidal/self/other harm risk as needed
  • Ensure student is provided with take-away resource, facilitated referral and clearly identified next-steps for personal support and safety
  • Ensure familiarity with crisis resources/supports

Personal Counselling/Psychotherapy

  • Maintain an active caseload and collaborates with students to identify treatment goals that are appropriate for short-term therapy, including intensive clients
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Group (DBT) and DBT Coaching Calls during business hours to students in group
  • Create a collaborative, individualized treatment plan recognizing students strengths and needs in accordance with professional standards and best practices;
  • Provide professional counselling appropriate to address clients’ personal, developmental, and psychological/psychiatric issues.
  • Complete risk assessment and management plans with all clients presenting in crisis, with suicide risk
  • Provide timely crisis intervention, safety planning, support, documentation, and referral as required;
  • Ensure Student Wellness Centre Manager and team members are aware of students who may be at risk of harm, significant deterioration, or otherwise require support from the Wellness Centre;
  • Assist students whose needs are outside the Wellness Centre scope of practice to identify and access other support services and facilitate referral
  • Facilitate group counselling, peer debriefing, and peer support groups as required


  • Complete documentation to ensure effective safety monitoring for students at risk
  • Use shared electronic record system to document counseling appointment and related information
  • Uphold “circle of care” approach by facilitating communication with partners external to Student Wellness Centre by obtaining appropriate consents
  • Facilitate student support by completing Student Wellness Centre verification form
  • Ensure groups are evidenced-based, best practice, and accreditation standards


  • Respond to questions and inquiries from faculty, staff, parents and the external community with respect to Counselling support available, operational details and crisis response/referral information
  • Facilitate critical-incident debriefing sessions on campus if required
  • Communicate/Assess the need for extended counseling support beyond short-term model
  • Lead the Suicide Prevention Committee Working Group and Ontario Campus Counselling Directors meetings

Department/Team Support and Supervision

  • Act as a clinical lead, providing clinical staff check-ins, individual supervisions, performance assessment, and peer meetings
  • Act as a clinical lead for placement students, providing supervision for Masters students
  • Actively lead meetings and consultations with colleagues, including case sharing, professional development and informal consultation with colleagues;
  • Contribute to the effective functioning and co-ordination of the department through flexible staffing and service delivery,
  • Lead department meetings and committees in order to ensure smooth organizational operations and improved student support;
  • Lead peer learning/consultation opportunities to maximize optimal trust, culture and performance within a team environment

University Engagement

  • Represent the department through participation in University committees, teams and working groups (e.g. mental health task force, petitions committees);
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comfort with University systems, processes and practices, and support students in navigating and accessing services (e.g. petition processes, tuition fee appeal, financial support)
  • Co-ordinate, facilitate and participate in events that enhance student wellness (eg. Radio Laurier, Mental Health Events, student workshops).
  • Contribute to institutional support and emergency response planning if requested


  • Perform clinical duties according to professional standards and requirements
  • Seek clarification and support with respect to clinical responsibilities from colleagues, the Director of Student Wellness Centre, and other professionals
  • Assume personal and financial responsibility for seeking external supervision as necessary


  • Master’s degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Pastoral Counselling, or a related discipline required;
  • Minimum three (3) years demonstrated experience, skill and interest in providing counselling, crisis assessment and management, and related services to post-secondary-aged students;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability completing risk assessments (informal) and managing risk in an outpatient setting;
  • Demonstrated ability using a computerized scheduler/documentation system;
  • Demonstrated skills in professional written and oral communication, reliability, flexibility, interpersonal skills, and team co-operation
  • Kind, caring and positive approach to student support and interactions
  • Demonstrated reliability and dependability


Position Grade: EX-I

Rate of Pay: $68,698 – $85,873

Hours of Work: This is a full-time, limited term position until June 17, 2023. The normal hours of work are 35 hours per week Monday to Friday.

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