Senior Clinician- Mental Health - Queen's University (Kingston)

Organization Name
Queen's University (Kingston)
Senior Clinician- Mental Health

78 Fifth Field Company Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Closing date

Reporting to the Director, Counselling Services, the Senior Clinician works as a member of the integrated, inter-professional Student Wellness team to provide clinical services to students and contribute to a range of activities which support the administration and operation of mental health services. The Senior Clinician will assist the Director in their daily work and provide back-up to the Director on emergency response teams, in crisis situations, and acts for the Director in their absence as required. The Senior Clinician is responsible for providing clinical interventions to students, clinical supervision to other mental health professionals on the team, and providing work direction and functional guidance to staff. As a senior member of the team, the Senior Clinician will offer support and expertise to others (e.g. faculty, staff, parents) in the University community and respond to concerns related to student wellbeing. In collaboration with the Director, the Senior Clinician ensures the quality of services provided to students and promotes a professional, positive and supportive working environment. The incumbent will escalate issues of higher complexity/and or involving high-risk to the Director when appropriate.


  • Work collaboratively as a member of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of professionals to ensure the provision of a continuum of mental health services that are responsive to the diverse needs of students. 
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of effective and efficient mental health services.
  • Develop programming, lead project work, and provide guidance to team members. 
  • Liaise with other members of the Student Wellness team, campus partners and the community to work collaboratively to best meet the needs of students.
  • Provide client-centered and trauma informed intake assessments and clinical intervention focusing on fostering coping skills, distress tolerance, and stress management for students experiencing mental health issues and illnesses, trauma, personal/relationship issues, substance abuse, sexual violence, self-harm, and / academic difficulties. 
  • Provide crisis intervention for students at risk of harm to self or others; and professional consultation for campus partners during crisis situations on campus or through participation on emergency response and at-risk teams. 
  • Actively participate in the planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of effective and efficient mental health services, and in supervising and providing direction and guidance to the counselling team.
  • Develop and offer group-based clinical and psychoeducational interventions for students.
  • Develop, organize, and manage programs to enhance the experience of students receiving graduate training at SWS.
  • Provide consultation to other members of the Student Wellness Services team related to mental health care and respond to parent, faculty and staff concerns related to student well-being.
  • Provide direct formal and informal supervision to graduate students, if permitted by their regulatory college.
  • Provide direct clinical supervision, consultation, training, and debriefing for counselling staff. 
  • Oversee the delivery, development and evaluation of the internship training provided at Counselling Services.
  • Serve as an advocate for students to ensure access to appropriate resources.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on committees or other groups, as directed, internally to Queen’s and within the Kingston community. 
  • Participate in research projects and the assessment and evaluation of programs within SWS. 
  • Under the direction of the Director, schedule and approve, or recommend the approval of, employees’ hours of work, overtime and absences. 
  • Provide work direction, and technical/functional guidance to staff.
  • Schedule and assign work to counselling staff, and oversee its completion.
  • Monitor and oversee employee attendance.
  • Review and provide feedback on work to employees. Provide input on work performance to the Director. 
  • Provide coaching and feedback on work quality issues, providing related day-to-day supervision.
  • Escalate unresolved performance and/or disciplinary matters to management. 
  • Participate in screening and interviewing job candidates, and providing input into staff selection.
  • Provide orientation and on-the-job training to employees, including privacy training. 
  • Provide leadership and co-ordination of services in the Director’s absence.


  • A doctoral degree or Master’s degree in the field of Counselling or Social Work, combined with a minimum of seven years working as a regulated mental health provider and two years of experience working within the context of a team or organized service.
  • Registered as a Registered Psychotherapist for autonomous practice, or a Registered Social Worker in the province of Ontario (or eligible for registration in Ontario), and in good standing with their college. Registration with other professional colleges permitting the act of psychotherapy will also be considered. 
  • Proficiency in suicide risk-assessment and counselling techniques supporting a diverse population of students.
  • Awareness of the diversity within the student body and demonstrated competence in cultural sensitivity when working directly with students and when providing clinical supervision.
  • Strong knowledge of DSM-V an asset.
  • Sound knowledge of disability issues gained through an academic programme of study as well as on-the-job experience (at least one year).
  • Sound knowledge of institutional support systems and resources across the province.
  • Sound knowledge of Ontario Human Rights legislation and Charter of Rights
  • Sound knowledge of privacy legislation as they pertain to FIPPA and PHIPA
  • Team management experience an asset.
  • Experience in post-secondary environments or with young adults an asset.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector screening required


  • A passion for student mental health and for working collaboratively in a professional team to support a high standard of delivery of services to students
  • Student oriented approach to clinical practice and delivery of services
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and a high level of comfort in communicating with external stakeholders, including parents
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Assessment, program evaluation, and research skills
  • Excellent problem-solving ability and analytical reasoning skills
  • Excellent technical skills such as administration of psychological tests
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Comprehensive understanding and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues


  • Choose appropriate clinical interventions based on individual student need. 
  • Make determinations as to whether a student may pose a danger to self or others and take appropriate action to mitigate risk and harm. 
  • Determine a student’s capacity to remain in school in circumstances of serious illness.
  • Determine the needs of the client population attending Student Wellness Services, and collaborate with others to determine policy and service delivery modifications when needed.
  • Determine types of supports required and make appropriate referrals both within and outside of the Queen’s community. 
  • Determine most appropriate types of academic considerations/ accommodations required by individuals experiencing functional limitations related to a disability/disorder.
  • Determine how best to allocate limited time and resources to serve the client population.
  • Assess the suitability of job candidates and recommend the most appropriate person for hire.
  • Assess staff training needs and make recommendations for internal or external training to attain proficiency.
  • Monitor and assess output and the quality of employees’ work, and identify possible staff performance and/or disciplinary issues.