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Posting ID 2156
Date Posting Closes - External 11/28/2012
Position Title Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Department Counselling Services
Job Type Part-time, Recurring
Campus Waterloo
Reports To Director, Counselling Services
Position Summary The Counsellor/Psychotherapist’s primary responsibility is to provide clinical support (counseling and psychotherapy) to registered Laurier students, using a short-term model of psychotherapy. Specific clinical duties include collaborating with each client to develop a clinical formulation and treatment plan, safety planning (and crisis management, as required), short term counseling and psychotherapy, and related documentation/file management using a computerized system.
As a member of the Counselling Services team, the Counsellor/Psychotherapist will maintain professional and departmental psychotherapy standards and procedures, attend departmental meetings (clinical and departmental planning meetings), and provide back-up support for the Counselling Department if required. This may include providing occasional front desk coverage, completing promotional activities and representation at university functions, creating psychoeducational materials, and otherwise assisting with and supporting effective departmental functioning and student support.
Accountabilities
Personal Counselling/Psychotherapy
• Collaborate with clients to identify a treatment goal that is appropriate for short-term therapy, develop a formulation of client issue that fits client’s strengths and guides treatment, create a collaborative, individualized treatment plan according to professional standards and best practices;
• Provide professional counselling and brief psychotherapy appropriate to address clients’ personal, developmental, and psychological/psychiatric issues. The types of clients and issues supported will depend both on the clients’ presenting issues and goals and the therapist’s training and professional competencies, but may include individual, couple and group therapy, and group information sessions
• Complete risk assessment and management plans with all clients presenting with suicide risk; provide timely crisis intervention, safety planning, support, documentation, and referral as required;
• Ensure Counselling Director and other involved staff are aware of students who may be at risk of harm, significant deterioration, or otherwise require support from Counselling Services; complete documentation regarding such students to ensure effective safety monitoring
• Assist students whose needs are outside the CS scope of practice to identify and access other support services
 
Department/Team Support
• Participate in meetings and consultations with colleagues;
• Contribute to the effective functioning and co-ordination of the department through flexible staffing and service delivery, participation in meetings, strategic planning days, individual projects/committees;
• Contribute to overall departmental needs and service assessment and planning through detailed record keeping;
• Participate in department meetings and committees in order to ensure smooth organizational operations;
• Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications • 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/psychotherapy, 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 written and oral communication, reliability, flexibility, interpersonal skills, and team co-operation
Grade WLUSA-09
Salary $32.49-$38.21
Salary Notes This position is currently under review.

This is a part-time, recurring role from the third week of August to the second week in May.

Hours of Work: The hours of work will be Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 pm-8:00 pm and Wednesdays 3:00 pm-8:00 pm, and Fridays, 8:30 pm-4:30 pm. This position is 19 hours per week
Please Note

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

 

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

 

 

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

 

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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