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Title Counsellor
Division Academic Services & Student Affairs
Category Academic Staff
Type Sessional
Incumbent Vacant
Salary Faculty – Teaching Scale
Campus Casa Loma/St. James/Waterfront
Effective Date Sept.1/14 - Aug. 31/15


  • Works collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary student service team to support the counseling needs of students, engaging in outreach activities to academic divisions, assessing needs, determining strategies to address needs, implementing approaches, and assessing impact.
  • Provides individual counseling to students facing personal, academic, and career challenges.
  • Organizes and runs groups to support students dealing with anxiety, depression, self-regulation, or other mental health concerns or interpersonal challenges impacting their ability to succeed at college.
  • Designs and delivers workshops on a range of self-management topics (time-management, goal-setting, self-advocacy, etc.). Also delivers workshops to staff when needed.
  • Reaches out to academic department staff, establishing effective working relationships. Helps to educate academic department staff on mental health issues and the impact on learning.
  • Participates in an Integrated Service divisional team; partners with cross departmental team members to assess the needs of students in specific academic departments; educates, supports and tailors the counseling service to meet the needs of faculty and support staff in these academic areas.


  • Masters level degree in related field (Counseling Psychology, Social Work).
  • Registered or qualified to register with an approved provincial regulatory body (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), College of Psychologists of Ontario).
  • Background experience must include a supervised clinical practicum and a demonstrated theoretical and practical knowledge of counselling techniques and professional standards.
  • Minimum three years’ full-time counseling experience. Must be trained and experienced in a variety of short-term therapies, e.g. solution-focused, strengths-based, behavioural therapies appropriate to application in an educational setting with post-secondary students. Must be skilled in carrying out assessments.
  • Trained and skilled in skill-based approaches to counseling, such as CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy; ability to integrate approaches such as mindfulness into educational curriculum.
  • Skilled in writing and maintaining professional records.
  • Interest in working with students in an educational setting, understanding of the impact of mental health concerns on learning; strong understanding of the "healthy campus" concept and strategies to promote positive well-being and mental health among students.
  • Trained as a trainer in Mental Health First Aid.
  • Commitment to social justice and social change, diversity and equity; successful experience in working to raise awareness of issues surrounding mental health and youth.
  • Expertise in assessing when to refer the student to an external resources; ability to make effective and appropriate referrals reflecting a depth of knowledge of community resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and successful experience collaborating with non-counseling staff for effective student service.
  • Experience working within an Integrated Service model; able to assess needs of students in a specific academic department, tailor counseling services to meet these needs, and offer education and support to faculty and support staff in these academic areas.
  • Interest in exploring the use of technology to increase access to counseling services.
The College requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents. Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.
To Apply
Please submit the following: Letter of application, a detailed resume, and statement of teaching philosophy combined in one (1) document.
Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates in accordance with the applicable collective agreement. Should a suitable candidate not be found, external candidates will be considered. George Brown College is dedicated to employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, racial/visible minorities and aboriginal peoples.  George Brown College is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The Human Resources representative responsible for the recruitment for this position will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.
Competition # 14-056
Posting Internal
Closing Date Open Until Filled