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Indigenous Student Counsellor

Status: Full Time

Campus: Fennell with travel to other campuses

Payband: Not applicable

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Posting Date: April 20, 2017

Closing Date: May 4, 2017




Under the direction of the Director of Counselling, Accessible Learning and Health Services and the Director of Indigenous Student Services, the Counsellor is responsible for assisting students and potential students to function effectively as learners and individuals by helping them understand, prevent or overcome personal, social or educational problems that may hinder learning or their ability to cope with everyday living.   The incumbent will be working with Indigenous students at the College and in Indigenous communities.



The duties of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaboration and connection to Indigenous Student Services the incumbent will develop, facilitate and maintain appropriate counselling supports for Indigenous students. Emphasis on students with increased risk levels. 
  • Responsive to Indigenous accepted applicants and current students, assisting with the transition to College as early as the first 24 hours and first week through orientation activities and onto Graduation with access to relevant and appropriate workshops and group activities highlighting techniques to manage and cope with student stress and the promotion of student wellness. 
  • Development of continuity of supports with a focus of ongoing wellness and mental health supports within the college and surrounding communities.  Facilitate access to internal and community services to support student needs.  Individual appointment and/or group sessions to be developed and offered, relevant to students as they manage college life. 
  • Counselling support on an individual and group basis with regard to Academic, Personal and Career issues. Assisting the student in their transition from home communities to college environment to ensure students are welcomed and supported.
  • Facilitation of information with an Indigenous world view to the students’ unique needs for educational decision making, career planning and personal issues.
  • Advocacy and collaboration with College Administration, faculty and staff, in a consultative role, in identifying gaps in service, shifting of student needs and continuity of support services available to Indigenous students.
  • In Collaboration with key stakeholders and community partnerships, develop and implement, within the college, a variety of groups and awareness promotions that promote Indigenous ways of knowing and being. 
  • Work with community organizations to support the complex needs of students in planning their post-secondary school pathway and mental health needs.


The successful applicant will have:

  • Master-level degree in a counselling related professional discipline (Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Mental Health Nurse, Indigenous Studies or other closely related discipline) that includes a supervised clinical internship(s).
  • Current registration and in good standing with a counselling-related regulatory professional college, or other regulated health profession authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy in the province of Ontario. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of full-time experience in personal, academic and career counselling and directly related work experience in a mental health setting, with a proven record of adhering to professional and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge with Indigenous communities including knowledge and sensitivity to the diverse needs of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit students.
  • Experience designing & building programs and workshops to support Indigenous experience and supporting clients in this area.
  • Demonstrated ability in crisis intervention.
  • Knowledge of broad theories of counselling interventions, learning styles, adult learning principles, human development, career theory, group work and anti-oppression practice.
  • Demonstrated ability in providing assistance to learners in areas such as stress management, self-esteem, effective coping strategies, learning strategies, time management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in facilitation of groups, workshops and training sessions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, problem solving and creative thinking skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of professional counselling standards and community referral supports.
  • Familiarity with the continuum of learning and student services offer by Mohawk College is highly desirable.
  • Counsellor will be required to travel to all of the campuses including those in partnership with Mohawk (such as Six Nations Polytechnic).