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Department: Student and Enrollment Services Division, Student Counselling Services

FTE:  0.70

Status:  Permanent, Part-time

Competition No.:  16698-M

Salary Information:  The salary range is $76,363 to $127,192 per annum pro rated (Specialist/Professional, Phase 3). The starting salary will 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 counselling 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 of Student Counselling Services.  Individual counselors vary in the primary focus of their work in the areas of counselling. 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.  For this position, emphasis will be on crisis assessment and management, intake and community liaising.


Counsellors responsibilities include the following:

  • Conduct intake (phone and in-person) interviews with new clients and assess their mental health functioning, risk indicators, and treatment needs. This function involves the urgent risk assessment of students who present in crisis, at risk of harm to self or others, and require plans for risk and crisis management.  
  • Provide follow-up services in accordance with a Stepped Care Model including referrals and brief interventions (telephone and in-person).
  • Manage an appropriate caseload in a clinically effective manner (i.e., in accordance with professional expectations of the clinician’s respective discipline).
  • 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. Consult with community agencies including child protective services, police and Mobile Crisis.
  • Maintain a regular connection with on-campus and community service providers as a resource for staff.
Education: Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology or Social Work. Registration with the appropriate provincial professional association (SASW or SCP) and eligibility for professional liability insurance is a requirement of this position. 


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.


  • Advanced abilities to conduct intake assessment, intervention and treatment that are informed by a strong working knowledge of psychopathology.
  • Strong clinical skills particularly in the area of crisis management and brief assessment with primarily a young adult population.
  • Advanced ability to assess risk of harm to self and violence to others.
  • The ability to contribute to the Students of Concern Advisory Team which assesses and manages risk to the broader University of Saskatchewan community.
  • Strong ability to create and maintain collaborative working relationships in an interdisciplinary setting. Demonstrates commitment to working respectfully on a team which values and draws on a breadth of clinical perspectives.
  • Patient, detailed, efficient and flexible; able to adapt to an ever-changing working environment and client care needs.
  • Strong time-management and record-keeping skills.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Terrie Fitzpatrick at 966-2458.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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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.