Department: Student Counselling
Status: Term, leave replacement, from September 11, 2013 to April 30, 2014 with the possibility of extension.
Competition No.: 13395-M
Salary Information: The salary range is $75,234 to $125,312 per annum (Specialist/Professional, Phase 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Primary Purpose: To contribute to student success by addressing the mental health needs of students through the provision of timely and accessible counseling and outreach programs to students, and by working in consultation with the university community to address issues of a mental health nature.
Nature of Work: Counsellors report to the Manager. Individual counselors vary in the primary focus of their work in the areas of counseling. They must be able to work in a confidential environment with individuals who are often highly distressed and who frequently need to be assessed and monitored for risk of suicide.
Accountabilities: Counsellors responsibilities include the following:
- Manage an appropriate caseload in a clinically effective manner (i.e., in accordance with professional expectations of the clinician’s respective discipline).
- Share in the responsibility to provide timely initial assessments and follow-up treatment to students.
- Conduct intake interviews with new clients and assess their mental health functioning, risk indicators, and treatment needs.
- Provide follow-up services, such as psychotherapy (individual, couple, or group), psycho-educational programs, administrative interventions, and referrals.
- Perform urgent risk assessment of students who present in crisis, at risk of harm to self or others, and develop plans for risk and crisis management.
- Consult with faculty and staff from other divisions within the university who seek consultation due to concern about a student’s mental health or safety.
Education: Doctoral level education is preferred. Registration with the appropriate professional association and eligibility for professional liability insurance is a requirement of this position.
Experience: Five years as a registered clinician with post-graduate experience in the areas of assessment and psychotherapy is preferred. A sound knowledge of student development, diversity and multicultural issues is required. Experience performing urgent risk assessments and crisis intervention related to mental health and suicide is required. Knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon community resources would be an asset.
Skills: Strong psychotherapy skills particularly in the area of brief treatment with primarily a young adult population. Advanced abilities to conduct clinical interventions and treatment that are informed by a strong working knowledge of psychopathology and assessment. The ability to contribute to the Students of Concern Advisory Team which assesses and manages risk to the broader University of Saskatchewan community. Advanced ability to assess risk of harm to self and violence to others. Demonstrates commitment to working respectfully on a team which values and draws on a breadth of clinical perspectives.
This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.
Applications will be accepted until filled.
Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Terrie Fitzpatrick at 306-966-2458.
Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.
The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.