Psychological Counsellor - Student Advising and Wellness, Cumming School of Medicine

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Position Overview

The Office of CSM - Education in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Psychological Counsellor - Student Advising and Wellness. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Director of the Student Advising and Wellness, with accountabilities to the Senior Associate Dean, Education. The role of Psychological Counsellor is integrated into a team of healthcare professionals who provide a variety of services to learners across CSM. The Psychological Counsellors work independently with minimal guidance to provide counselling for learners in the following educational areas:

Undergraduate Medical Education
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Graduate Science Education
Postgraduate Medical Education (only as required)

This is a recurring part-time position working approximately 7 hours a week. Recurring part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Provide professional psychotherapeutic and educational counselling services for individual learners
Attends to the psychological welfare of learners
Provides general intake, assessment and intervention for learners requesting counselling services
Offer one-on-one counselling with learners/fellows to assist them in acquiring the skills necessary to negotiate the challenges of the study in the area of medicine and health sciences
Develop and document intervention plan based on identified needs in accordance with CSM policy and professional standards
Recommend or refer to third party services as required
Provides individual and/or group counselling for personal concerns, including crisis intervention when required
Respond to mental health emergencies and other crisis, as appropriate and upon request
Demonstrate specialized expertise in a particular areas of counselling and maintaining confidentiality
Demonstrate range, depth, and flexibility in responding professionally to client needs for preventive, developmental or therapeutic counselling in order to facilitate the clients
Access or know where to access other community services when needed (Resource navigation)
Provide input to team related to factors, barriers and dynamics that influence learner success
Work as part of an integrated team of healthcare professionals to provide advanced level psychological care to learners across CSM
Collaborate with other professionals in planning and implementing services that align with best practice, and ethical and professional standards
Facilitates interactive, mental health and wellness themed workshops and activities
Proactively determines strategies to meet learners needs and trends

Qualifications / Requirements:
Masters Degree Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or along with a related professional designation
Degree in Social Work with comparable training may be considered
Provisionally Registered, Registered or eligible to Register with the College of Alberta Psychologists or registered with the Canadian Counselling Association. Provisionals must provide their own supervision
Active or eligible for registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)
A minimum of 3-5 years related experience. This may include time spent in supervised practice in the pursuit of obtaining Registered Psychologist status
Suicide Intervention training including ASIST an asset
Experience in identifying and treating trauma as a result of exposure to racism or discrimination is a key in this role
Understanding of the reporting requirements for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta an asset
A demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people
Highly developed oral, written and presentation skills
Strong attention to detail
Strong communication skills written and verbal
Ability to work in a team as well as independently
Familiar with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) guidelines and requirements is considered an asset

Application Deadline: August 10, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.