Counsellor/Psychotherapist (specializing in Black and Racialized student support)

Date: May 6, 2022

Location: All locations, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Student Affairs 

Job Type: Limited Term

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year) 

Campus: All locations 

Reports to: Mngr, Counselling Services 

Employee Group: WLUSA 

Application Deadline: May 29, 2022

Requisition ID: 3432 


Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well locations in Kitchener and Milton. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace, a flexible work policy and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.


Position Summary


As outlined in Laurier's Strategic Plan (2019-2024), Laurier is committed to creating a thriving, inclusive community by fostering a highly personalized, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment in which all members experience the powerful sense of belonging. Some of the ways in which Laurier plans to create this environment are articulated in the recently released action plan for equity, diversity and inclusion and Indigeneity. As outlined in this plan, supporting the mental health of all of our students, including our Black, Racialized, and Indigenous students is a priority at Laurier. As such, Laurier is hiring Counsellor/Psychotherapist role to support Black & Racialized students. This position will report to the Acting Manager, Student Wellness Centre (Waterloo) & Manager, Student Wellness Centre (Brantford).


The Student Wellness Centers (Waterloo & Brantford) at Wilfrid Laurier University are comprised of multi-disciplinary teams of professionals that provide physical, emotional, and mental health support for students. Within the Wellness teams are family physicians, counsellors/psychotherapists, registered nurses, mental health nurse, dietician, massage therapists, physiotherapist, and chiropractor.


Reporting to the Acting Manager, Student Wellness Centre (Waterloo) and the Manager, Wellness Centre (Branford) this Counsellor/Psychotherapist role will have multi-campus responsibilities in providing clinical and therapeutic support to registered Laurier students with a focus on supporting students using a short-term, goal-directed, stepped care model. Clinical duties include collaborating with each student to determine individual student goals, challenges and areas requiring support to maximize personal and academic success at Laurier.


Counsellors should embrace a multi-disciplinary team and working environment, and appreciate the values of collaboration, communication, and the opportunity to work closely with students. Specific clinical duties may include intake, assessment, intervention, evaluation, safety planning, crisis intervention and response, and short-term counseling/psychotherapy. In addition to standard counselling duties, this role will have strong links to the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity & Inclusion as it relates to student support and student initiatives.


This is a multi-campus role with, and the successful candidate will be expected to be present on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses each week. 




Intake, Risk Assessment management

  • Facilitate intake process with students, including responding to questions, ensuring proper documentation, and providing positive and welcoming first point of contact

  • Conduct risk/safety assessments for immediate risk of suicide, homicide, self, or other harm

  • Ensure timely, effective, and deescalating response to risk and crisis concerns

  • Work collaboratively with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Mental Health Nurse, Special Constable Service, Acting Manager/Manager, Student Wellness Centre where required

  • Create safety/wellness plans for management of suicidal/self/other harm risk as needed

  • Ensure student is provided with take-away resource, facilitated referral, and clearly identified next-steps for personal support and safety

  • Ensure familiarity with crisis resources/supports

  • Facilitate external referral for students whose issues require specialized treatment or intensive psychotherapy


Personal Counselling/Psychotherapy

  • Maintain an active caseload and collaborate with students to identify treatment goals that are appropriate for short-term therapy

  • Create a collaborative, individualized treatment plan recognizing students’ strengths and needs in accordance with professional standards and best practices

  • Provide professional counselling appropriate to address clients’ personal, developmental, and psychological/psychiatric issues

  • Complete risk assessment and management plans with all clients presenting in crisis, with suicide risk

  • Provide timely crisis intervention, safety planning, support, documentation, and referral as required

  • Ensure Student Wellness Centre Acting Manager/Manager and team members are aware of students who may be at risk of harm, significant deterioration, or otherwise require support from the Wellness Centre

  • Assist students whose needs are outside the Wellness Centre scope of practice to identify and access other support services and facilitate referral

  • Facilitate group counseling / peer support groups as required



  • Complete documentation to ensure effective safety monitoring for students at risk

  • Use shared electronic record system to document counseling appointment and related information

  • Uphold “circle of care” approach by facilitating communication with partners external to Student Wellness Centre by obtaining appropriate consents

  • Facilitate student support by completing Student Wellness Centre verification of illness form



  • Respond to questions and inquiries from faculty, staff, parents, and the external community with respect to counselling support available, operational details and crisis response/referral information

  • Facilitate critical-incident debriefing sessions on campus if required

  • Communicate to Student Wellness Centre Leadership Team regarding need for extended counseling support beyond short-term model


Department/Team Support

  • Actively participate in meetings and consultations with colleagues, including case sharing, professional development, and informal consultation with colleagues

  • Contribute to the effective functioning and co-ordination of the department through flexible staffing and service delivery

  • Participate in department meetings and committees in order to ensure smooth organizational operations and improved student support

  • Participate in peer learning/consultation opportunities to maximize optimal trust, culture, and performance within a team environment


University Engagement

  • Support Initiatives related to the Laurier’s EDI Action Plan and initiatives within the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CSEDI)

  • Represent the department through participation in University committees, teams and working groups (e.g., mental health task force, petitions committees)

  • Demonstrate knowledge and comfort with University systems, processes and practices, and support students in navigating and accessing services (e.g., petition processes, tuition fee appeal, financial support)

  • Contribute to institutional support and emergency response planning if requested



  • Perform clinical duties according to professional standards and requirements

  • Seek clarification and support with respect to clinical responsibilities from colleagues, the Acting Manager/Manager of Student Wellness Centre, and other professionals

  • Assume personal and financial responsibility for seeking external supervision as necessary




  • Master’s degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Pastoral Counselling, or a related discipline required (registration in a relevant professional college)

  • Minimum three (3) years demonstrated experience, skill, and interest in providing counselling, 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, including safety planning

  • A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of race and racism, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and anti-discrimination and their negative impacts on targeted individuals and communities

  • Connections with and awareness of community organizations that support BIPOC communities

  • Experience with group and/or workshop facilitation

  • Willingness to use computer tools to provide virtual/remote counselling

  • Demonstrated ability using a computerized scheduler/documentation system

  • Demonstrated skills in professional written and oral communication, reliability, flexibility, interpersonal skills, and team co-operation

  • Kind, caring and positive approach to student support and interactions

  • Demonstrated reliability and dependability

  • This position is available to qualified applicants who are Black, and who have experience supporting students facing anti-Black racism, racial discrimination, and oppression


Position is based in Waterloo, with expectations to travel to Brantford two days a week



Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with one selected day per week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) at 12 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Flexibility in hours may be required due to periods of high volume. When possible, the manager will adjust hours so no more than 35 hours are worked per week.



Grade: SH-09

Rate of Pay: $37.43 - $44.02





All Laurier employees and students are required to comply with the University's Covid-19 mandatory vaccination policyEffective May 1st, Wilfrid Laurier University will pause its proof of vaccination requirements. Should these recommendations change, vaccination requirements can be reinstated on short notice. Community members should remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of Laurier’s core values and central to the Laurier Strategy. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any minority sexual and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity & Accessibility. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at

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