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Residence Counsellor



London, ON

Deadline: 2021-08-02

Posted: 2021-07-19

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

The Division of Housing and Ancillary Services is committed to providing a first-class residence experience for over 5000 Western students while supporting the academic mission of the University and ensuring profitability and cost effectiveness of divisional operations. We provide thriving residence communities which engage our diverse student population.

Following national trends, students at Western are presenting with mental health issues with increasing frequency and complexity. Residence Counselling offers professional, confidential counselling services free of charge to residence students on a wide range of concerns faced by students.

The Residence Counsellor is a skilled professional accountable for assisting residence students to address emotional, social, behavioural, and developmental concerns 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. This role assists students with the challenges of everyday living, promoting positive mental health and optimizing academic functioning by facilitating stress reduction, self-awareness, self-care, emotional regulation, and creative problem solving


- Masters in Social Work and Registered Social Worker

- 5 years' clinical experience in assessment and treatment of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems with adolescents and young adults

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Proven skill in therapeutic practice with adolescents and young adult population, adolescent and adult personality theory, anti-violence work, individual and group psychotherapy
- Effective listening, observation and facilitation skills to effectively assess clients and provide appropriate consultation
- Strong mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to respond or assist in emergency situations
- Strong collaboration skills to manage service delivery in conjunction with case managers, clients and campus mental health practitioners
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students
- 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).
- 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 and information management
- Commitment to continuous learning and professional development

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #23462, by midnight on August 2, 2021.

Please Note:

This position participates in after hours, On Call responsibilities throughout the academic year to provide consultation for mental health occurrences, when required. These consultations occur via telephone and scheduling includes regular time off in consideration of these responsibilities.

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.