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Sessional Counsellor (Instructor), Student Advocacy Wellness Hub

Job ID: 25615

Updated: May 11, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Cumming School of Medicine and the Student Advocacy and Wellness Hub (SAWH), in collaboration with UCalgary's Student Wellness Services, are seeking to fill a Sessional Counsellor (Instructor) position to provide individual and group counselling to Cumming School of Medicine and Foothills Campus learners.Student Advocacy and Wellness Hub (SAWH) supports CSM learners by providing integrated and expanded health and wellness services promoting the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of students within a supportive community. SAWH's mission is to support student mental health by providing culturally inclusive direct care and support that is responsive to the needs of students. 

Student Wellness Services (SWS) is the collaboration of Student Health, Mental Health Services and Health Promotion. We support UCalgary by providing integrated and expanded health and wellness services promoting the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of students within a supportive community. Mental Health Services' (MHS) mission is to support student mental health by providing culturally inclusive direct care and support that is responsive to the needs of students. 

CSM is dedicated to meeting health needs of Alberta through its education, research and outreach programs. We offer programs in the following areas:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Undergraduate Health Sciences Education 
  • Graduate Science Education
  • Postgraduate Medical Education (as required)

This Academic position reports to the Associate Director (Counselling) in SWS, with accountabilities to the SAWH Manager and the Director of SAWH. The Counsellor provides individual counselling to CSM and Foothills campus learners to meet their personal, career and academic counselling needs. The Counsellor must work effectively with a diverse inter-professional Wellness Services team and must build relationships with a diverse community of students, faculty, other Student and Enrolment Services units and external stakeholders. The Counsellor must also work closely with CSM, aligning mental health services with the needs of the Faculty. This Academic position is required to contribute scholarly professional knowledge through publication and presentations and maintain competency through scholarly activity and professional development.


  • Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology or Social Work (Clinical).
  • Professional designation as a Registered Psychologist or Registered Social Worker in Alberta is a requirement.
  • 3-5 years related counselling experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people using an intersectional lens.
  • Highly developed oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Medical and program contexts is preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Note: Evening and weekend hours will be required to meet needs of CSM and Foothills campus students.

  • Provide individual counselling for CSM and Foothills campus learners. Demonstrate range, depth and flexibility in responding to client needs for preventative, developmental or therapeutic counselling. Issues might include educational, vocational, personal, interpersonal and social concerns.
  • Function as an independent, responsible professional in accordance with professional codes of ethics.  Consult and collaborate with Student Wellness Services and CSM staff and faculty/staff on campus within an inter-professional model.
  • Respond to urgent mental health situations, as appropriate.
  • Provide information to CSM and Foothills campus learners to facilitate the appropriate use of on-campus and off-campus resources.
  • Show diplomacy and good judgment in interpreting various aspects of university policy and procedures to clients, members of the campus community and the general public. 
  • Respond to requests by members of the CSM community for participation in specialized educational activities (e.g. workshops, seminars).


  • Participate in continuing professional education, as required by the scientist/practitioner model and professional code of ethics, particularly as it relates to supporting CSM and Foothills campus learners' mental health
  • Engage in program development to support CSM and Foothills campus learner well-being.
  • Contribute to the profession through publication and conference presentations.


  • Contribute to Student Wellness Services, Student Enrolment Services, CSM, the University and community at large as an active member of committees/task forces or other service-related activities.

The emphasis/weightings of duties and responsibilities of individual Counsellors (Instructor) are set at 80% Teaching/Counselling, 10% Scholarship, 10% Service.

Start Date of Appointment: Appointment will start at a mutually agreed upon date. 

Salary and Benefits:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the Counsellor (Instructor) level.

For salary and benefits information, please refer to Schedule B of the Collective Agreement at:

Application Procedure: 
Interested individuals should submit an application online via UCalgary Careers ( and must include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of counselling and scholarly interests, along with 3) the names of three referees through the online HR portal. 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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