Part-Time Counsellor, Personal And Accessibility

College Markham Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Title Part-time Counsellor, Personal and Accessibility
Job ID 18P-1012.
Division/Department Counselling and Accessibility
Campus/Site Newnham, Seneca@York, and King Campus
Job Type Part Time
Position Overview

The Personal and Accessibility Counsellors report to the Senior Managers, Counselling and Accessibility Services and will provide individual and/or group counselling. The Counsellor will assist administration, faculty and staff in dealing with students with personal and/or accessibility issues.


The Counsellor is part of a multi-disciplinary professional team that supports students to function effectively as learners by helping them address personal, social, academic and accessibility challenges impacting their ability to cope with the demands within an educational environment.  Reporting to a Senior Manager, Counselling and Accessibility Services, the Counsellor will be responsible for providing short-term supportive counseling/therapy on an individual and/or group basis.  The Counsellor must be knowledgeable in crisis intervention, suicide risk management, issues of abuse and sexual violence.  In addition, the Counsellor must be familiar with issues of disability, accommodations, and pertinent legislation such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Human Rights Code.  

Please note that a valid Ontario Drivers License and access to a reliable vehicle are required for travel between campuses.

Under the direction of a Senior Manager, Counselling and Accessibility Services, the Counsellor responsibilities include:


·      Working in collaboration with other campus resources to effectively support the personal and accessibility needs of students.

·      Provision of time-specified, goal-oriented counselling.

·      Provision of crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance with referrals to community and college supports.

·      Accurately maintaining student files in an online clinical database and record keeping system.

·      Attending staff meetings and supervisory meetings while upholding the standards of confidentiality and respect.

·      Ensuring the Senior Manager is informed and updated on critical issues and interventions in a responsive and timely manner.

·      Corresponding and consulting with students, counselors and others on various issues related to disability and counselling within a post-secondary context.

·      Liaising and consulting with faculty and other College staff on issues related to mental health, accommodations, and disabilities.

·      Participating on committees and work groups as required.

·      Representing the department when requested in community and college events.




·         A completed Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counselling, or Clinical Psychology from a recognized post-secondary institution. If education is in a related field, please state how it is related.

·         A current member, in good standing within a Regulated Health Profession




·      Minimum of three (3) years of experience working with students with disabilities preferably in a post-secondary environment with a familiarity of academic accommodations.

·      Minimum of three (3) years of supervised clinical experience working with individuals and groups.

·      Must have experience in understanding the documentation frequently submitted to post-secondary accessibility and counseling offices such as Psycho-Educational reports, Medical reports, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

·      Experience in dealing with crisis situations, developing safety plans, and assessing risk in a variety of contexts is essential.

·      Demonstrated ability to deliver training and workshops to staff and students.




·      Strong communication and presentation skills.

·      Excellent communication and human relation skills are essential to interact effectively with the College’s multicultural/racial backgrounds and diverse abilities within the student and staff population.

·      Excellent computer skills and knowledge of specialized educational software to support students with unique learning needs.

·      Familiarity with short-term, goal-oriented, focused therapeutic interventions.

·      Ability to be innovative within a team environment.

·      An understanding of the impact of disabilities in a post-secondary environment, as well as knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code

Weekly Hours of Work Up to 24 hours per week.
Required Date As soon as possible
Posting Date July 31, 2018
Closing Date Open until filled
To Apply To Apply: Please e-mail your application to

Note: A skills assessment may be administered and proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents will be required at the time of interview.

Seneca College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, especially aboriginal persons, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. Upon request by the applicant, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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