Mental Health Counsellor (Indigenous Student Support)

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.


The Student Experience Portfolio inspires all learners to ignite extraordinary change in the world, and supports the whole learner’s growth through programs, services and experiences that foster well-being, build connections and develop skills.


We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of varying sexual orientations and gender identities with the skills, knowledge and experience to productively engage with diverse communities. We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. When you join the team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners.


As part of the recruitment process, at time of interview, we will ask that all applicants provide us with their Diversity Statement. This Statement should provide an applicant’s broad perspective on their past and present contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in their professional career. The purpose of the diversity statement is to assist the search committee in recognizing candidates who display a social justice lens, champion equitable thriving in their experiences and have a willingness to engage in activities that contribute to our mission in these areas.


We encourage all applicants to review the Guiding Values in the Student Experience Strategic Plan.


The Mental Health Counsellor a highly skilled professional responsible for assisting Western students to address emotional, social, behavioural, and developmental concerns as young adults and students within the academic context. Through the integration of theory and practice, and with sensitivity to individual differences and multicultural issues, this role contributes to the well-being and safety of individual students and the campus community. The Counsellor will assist students with well-being concerns and promote mental health by facilitating stress reduction, self-awareness, self-care, emotional regulation, and creative problem solving. The Counsellor also provides consultation and expertise to campus services, administration, faculty, parents and families when necessary.


This is a joint initiative between the Western Indigenous Student Centre and the Mental Health Care.





- Masters in Counselling Psychology, Psychiatry or Social Work

- Eligibility for Membership in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or the Ontario College of Social Workers



- 5 years of experience required working in a psychotherapeutic setting

- Demonstrated skills and experience in working with Indigenous youth


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

- Proven knowledge of therapeutic practice with adolescents and young adult population, adolescent and adult personality theory, assessment scales and tools, working with trauma, anti-violence work, individual and group psychotherapy

- Familiarity with cur rent research and professional literature pertaining to racial trauma and how it may impact a student’s experience, both emotionally and academically

- Experience working with Indigenous students living with mental health issues

- Knowledge and sensitivity to the lived experiences and needs of Indigenous students

- Demonstrated ability to effectively engage in crisis management

- Ability to apply counselling/psychotherapy knowledge to on-on-o ne and group interactions

- Ability to source new information resources for clients to seek resolution to challenges through research

- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students

- Demonstrated knowledge of the social determinants of health and the social consequences and risk factors associated with mental illness (e.g., substance abuse and addiction, suicide, self-harm, stigma).

- Knowledge of diversity as it affects different populations and service delivery, including, but no t limited to, gender, sexual identity, cultural, First Nations, spirituality and racial issues

- Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with the Personal Health Information Protection Act

- Well established and demonstrated interpersonal, relationship building, leadership, and oral and written communication skills

- Strong organizational skills and proven ability to exercise a high level of initiative and independent Judgement

- Demonstrated knowledge of evaluative practice, research methods and data/information management

- Commitment to continuous learning and professional development


Background Checks


Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce a current vulnerable sector record check from a police service prior to commencing employment.



Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #23573 by midnight on August 29, 2021.


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.