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ARA Institute of Canterbury

Closing Date : 24 Nov 2019

City and Woolston Campuses

Two permanent, part-time positions (total of 37.5 hours per week available)

  • Assess, facilitate and provide counselling services for Ara students
  • Empower and support students in making decisions and resolutions
  • Contribute positively to the student experience, engagement and success

The Ara Health Centre is a member practice of Christchurch Primary Health Organisation. The team provides a primary health care and limited occupational health service to students and staff of Ara in collaboration with medical practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and in association with counsellors. The primary responsibility is the assessment, triage and treatment of health conditions, accidents and emergencies, and assisting clients to make informed choices about their health. Promotion of health and wellbeing is an important and active aspect of the work of the Centre.

The role

As a Counsellor you will work collaboratively with the Health Centre team to provide counselling services to Ara students and contribute positively to their student experience, engagement and success. This includes providing a safe, confidential and encouraging environment in which to contemplate their emotional state, providing structured and focused ways of addressing problems and empowering students to make their own decisions and resolutions and to create positive change in their lives. While primarily based at the City Campus, you will also provide counselling services at our Woolston Campus.

We have two part-time positions available, commencing in January for the start of the 2020 academic year, and we are open to considering different job-share arrangements to fill a total of 37.5 hours per week. Please include your availability and preferred number of working hours in your covering letter.

Duties will include the following:

  • Assess, facilitate and provide counselling services
  • Provide a safe, confidential and encouraging environment for students/clients
  • Work individually with students/clients using a range of tools and resources including structured and focussed ways of addressing problems
  • Contribute positively to the student experience, engagement and success
  • Complete notes and documentation
  • Ensure that student/client confidentiality is maintained at all times
  • Undertake mental health and wellbeing campaigns, initiatives and workshops for the Ara community

Skills and experience include the following:

  • Minimum of Level 6 qualification in counselling or related discipline e.g. social work, clinical psychology (with preference for a Level 7 bachelor's degree)
  • Current registration/practicing certificate with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and/or New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA)
  • Counselling skills and up-to-date knowledge of different counselling theories and modalities
  • Knowledge of social and cultural issues
  • Knowledge of self-care strategies
  • Demonstrated experience providing counselling services to a range of clients including youth, Māori, Pasifika, youth, international and people with disabilities
  • Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills
  • Skill in analysing and evaluating human behaviour
  • An understanding of human development and relationships
  • Experience and confidence in Te Ao Māori e.g. being competent and comfortable in the use of Te Reo Māori, knowledge of tikanga Māori and experience working in Māori communities


Enjoy excellent employment conditions, professional and skill development, a great central city location and access to modern on-site facilities including Gym/Recreation Centre with free staff yoga and group fitness sessions, library, Visions on campus restaurant, two childcare centres and a health centre.

To apply

We accept applications via our online application system. For a job description and/or to apply online please CLICK HERE.

If you have any queries in relation to the vacancy or application process, please contact the People and Culture team via or 03 940 8623.

Emailed applications will not be considered.

Applications close Sunday, 24 November 2019.

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