Brescia University College campus is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Haundenosaunee, Lunaapéewak and Chonnonton Nations. This territory falls under the London Township Treaty and Sombra Treaty 1796, and the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. Brescia University College accepts responsibility as a public institution to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous Communities through teaching, research, and community service.
Brescia University College (www.brescia.uwo.ca), a Catholic university college affiliated with Western University, is Canada’s only women’s university. For over a century, the university experience at Brescia challenges students to lead with wisdom, justice and compassion. Our student-centred institution is committed to providing women with a transformative education as we prepare our students for life-long leadership. Our students benefit from a small, supportive atmosphere at Brescia while having access to resources at Western.
Brescia is currently seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to fill a position as:
Mental Health Counsellor
The Student Experience team is one expression of Brescia’s commitment to our students. Our team works collaboratively to provide a broad framework of student engagement programs, services, and initiatives that support and enhance all facets of the student experience at Brescia, particularly: mental health & wellbeing, gender-based and sexual violence education and support, orientation & transition, career development & education, leadership & involvement and residence life.
Reporting to the Manager, Student Wellness and as a member of the broader Student Experience team, this position is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of personal/group counselling initiatives. The role provides personal/individual/group counselling support and consultation from a brief solution focused model; assists in maintaining Brescia’s early alert program; and focuses on wellness promotion and outreach.
The Mental Health Counsellor is expected to work in strong collaboration across partners and alongside the Office of Student Wellness to support students and initiatives outlined in Brescia’s Strategic Plan. Strategies are designed to enhance student mental health support, emphasize evidence-based practices, improve student access, and strengthen prevention, wellness promotion, and skill development.
The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in Social Work, Counselling Psychology, or other related degree with a minimum 3 years of mental health related experience in a psychotherapeutic setting, working with individuals with mental health needs or who have experiences gender-based and sexual violence and preferably in a post-secondary environment. The candidate must be registered (or eligible to be registered) with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. We seek a strong collaborator with superior initiative, ability to prioritize, and sound judgement. Demonstrated knowledge of student mental health and wellness needs is essential, as is the skill to effectively adapt and respond to complex and changing needs. Training and/or experience in risk and threat assessment, non-violent crisis intervention, suicide intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and/or Brief Solution-Focused approaches are strongly preferred.
Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity at Brescia are encouraged to identify their experiences and potential contributions in their cover letter.
Please submit your cover letter and resume in one document (Word or PDF) by August 14, 2022, to:
Wisdom, Justice and Compassion are at the core of our Ursuline values. We acknowledge our responsibility to attain a diverse and equitable employment environment that is inclusive of every person. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from women, racialized persons / persons of colour, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, persons of any gender identity or gender expression and others who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity.
We are committed to providing an accessible candidate experience. If you require accommodation for interviews or throughout the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com
Brescia is committed to doing our part to protect our community. We want to ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, and we want to do our part to get through this pandemic. In keeping with this commitment, and as a condition of employment, Brescia requires all successful candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of their start date, or provide written proof of a medical exemption, or other substantiated accommodation request under applicable human rights legislation.
(Temporary Part Time Position – One year contract – 21 hours/week)
$35.90 per hour