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Indigenous Student Counsellor

OCAD University


Please note that internal postings are only open to OCAD U’s permanent OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1 employees.

Reporting jointly to the Manager, Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) Student Centre and Director, Student Health, Wellness & Conflict Resolution, the Indigenous Student Counsellor assists students in a variety of mental health areas, including emotional distress, homesickness, depression, anxiety, etc. within a clinical environment supported by OCAD University’s (OCAD U) Health & Wellness Centre. The Indigenous Student Counsellor brings an Indigenous perspective to wellness counseling supported through one-to-one consultations, and group activities, such as the Talking Circle, drumming circle and targeted workshops geared towards the well-being of students and faculty. The Indigenous Student Counsellor supports culturally relevant experiential holistic learning opportunities programmed through OCAD U’s INVC Student Centre services focused on supporting cultural, social and emotional success.

The Indigenous Student Counsellor will be situated within the INVC Student Centre and work alongside academic and student support colleagues within that context while maintaining professional accountability to the Health & Wellness clinical team.


Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Assess students for the purpose of evaluating the nature of the visit, the appropriateness for intervention and support services, and planning recommendations that are student-focused
  • Implement intervention strategies with students for the purpose of facilitating change in behaviour, attitudes, emotions, coping skills, or the environment
  • Review, re-assess and modify intervention plans as required, either with the student and/or in collaboration with other community supports
  • Research, plan and implement student group psycho-educational sessions, Talking Circles and short term support groups
  • Promote cultural and holistic health by providing a culturally supported service
  • Liaise with Health & Wellness (HWC) and/or the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD), as required
  • Develop and implement a visiting Elder program to support INVC’s H&W student services
  • Prepare, write, and manage clinical case notes, recording detailed initial case work-ups, crisis case notes, progress notes, referral notes, and assisting in the maintenance of a client file
  • management system
  • Participate constructively in relevant internal and external consultation meetings that support the overall work of the INVC Student Centre, Program and the HWC
  • Attend weekly meetings with HWC and bi-weekly meetings with INVC
  • Support the Manager, INVC Student Centre and Director, Student Health, Wellness & Conflict Resolution in other duties that contribute to the successful operation of the INVC Student Centre and HWC


Qualifications :

  • Master’s degree in a counselling-related discipline (e.g. Social Work, Psychology, Education, Nursing) or an equivalent or related field in Health Sciences
  • A minimum of five (5) years of recent, direct experience engaging in Aboriginal communities within a mental health capacity
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize serious mental health issues and make timely, appropriate referrals to consulting physicians and out-patient crisis management services
  • Clinical competence and comfort working independently to manage crises and provide on-going therapy to a unique population of artists and designers in an academic setting
  • Proven cultural sensitivity and related experience providing alternative modes of therapy to a diverse group of individuals
  • Highly-developed assessment, listening, observational, therapeutic counselling and interviewing skills for individual and group therapy
  • Competency in Indigenous issues influencing young people through active engagement in the aboriginal community
  • Evidence of current experience practicing one on one and group counselling grounded in a comprehensive therapeutic modality
  • Crisis intervention skills
  • Understanding of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy an asset
  • Outreach and health promotion experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population


Compensation: OPSEU Unit I, Appendix B, GRADE B2; $32.16 to $42.27 per hour

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week.

Please note that this position is subject to budgetary approval.

Interested internal permanent OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1 applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with cover letter by selecting “Apply Now” below, no later than Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 4pm.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities .

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.


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