Job Posting

Professional Counsellor for International Students



Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Deadline: September 19, 2017

Posted: September 8, 2017

Dalhousie Counselling and Psychological Services offers free, confidential assistance by registered counselling therapists and psychologists, including personal, career, and LD/ADHD counselling.

• Student Health and Wellness at Dalhousie University invites applications for a full-time, three-year limited term DFA position for Professional Counsellor for International students.
• Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

• This position is accountable for providing direct service to international students experiencing personal psychological problems; especially anxiety, depression and a wide range of other problems; through individual and group counselling within an interprofessional collaborative healthcare model.
• Must demonstrate adequate international competence and understanding of the complexity of elements impacting our diverse student population in relation to values, culture, communication styles, beliefs and practices.
• Must distinguish and assess the best therapeutic method for the students’ presenting concerns, and be able to adapt therapeutic practice to ensure all students’ needs are met either through direct service or referral
• Counsellor must manage a student case load of 5 appointments per day (or 25 appointments per week) comprised of high risk and urgent needs and maintain clinical records in accordance with PHIA, PIIDPA, FOIPOP and their relevant registering Board’s code of ethics.
• Duties will also include serving as a liaison with the International Centre for students and international student associations, outreach activities to international students, and crisis management as required.
• Counsellor must work collaboratively within an interprofessional healthcare model in addition to leveraging campus and community-based supports to meet the needs of our student population within a stepped care model.
• The incumbent must exercise excellent communication skills, in addition to promoting and supporting a respectful and inclusive working environment with colleagues and other stakeholders
• Must be proficient in using technology to aid in data collection and analysis. Experience using an electronic health record platform preferred
• Must demonstrate professional integrity: i.e. commitment to Dalhousie’s values, mission and vision and acts in the University’s best interest at all times

• The successful candidate will be a registered psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP) or be eligible for candidate registration with the NSBEP
• At least two years of post-Masters clinical experience working with adults
• Experience working within an interprofessional collaborative healthcare setting strongly preferred
• Experience working in a university setting is considered an asset
• Preference will be given to applicants with significant experience providing psychological counselling to international students from diverse countries and cultures.

This is a three-year contract position; start date as soon as possible. Salary commensurate with training and experiences. Apply by September 19, 2017 on-line with Career Beacon

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.