New job Child and Youth Care Counsellor in Northwest Territories

Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Company : Government of the Northwest Territories
Salary : $92,000 - $111,000 a year
Location : Northwest Territories

Full Description

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located in Tuktoyaktuk, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) reports to the Regional Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health and Addiction Services (Inuvik).

The CYCC position is part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of direct therapeutic services to support the needs of children, youth and their families. The CYCC is a member of the community counselling team and provides integrated and therapeutic mental health and behavioural programming in collaboration with school personnel and other health and mental health and social services professionals. The CYCC provides a wide range of services with an emphasis on developing therapeutic relationships with children, youth and their families. During the school year, the CYCC will be based primarily in the school, but, in order to align with the needs of children and youth, other locations may include the Community Counselling Program office, client family home or other appropriate community locations. As part of an interdisciplinary team approach, other services targeted to assist children and youth include: community development, consultation, coordination, education and integrated services management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Northwest Territories services and supports, as well as relevant legislation (Child and Family Services Act, Health Information Act, Mental Health Act, Education Act).
  • Knowledge and experience in the delivery of child and youth mental health services including direct, front line service delivery, assessment and treatment planning.
  • Knowledge of various approaches to therapy relating to the treatment of children and youth with mental health and behavioural issues, disorders and addictions.
  • Knowledge and extensive experience in working with children and youth with mental health issues and their families, including in a school and community settings.
  • Knowledge and skills in applying an integrated stepped care approach to service delivery.
  • Knowledge and skills working with a variety of approaches to psychotherapy, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, etc.
  • Knowledge and skills in working in an interdisciplinary manner to optimize wrap around service delivery.
  • Knowledge of and ability to network with resources within and outside of the employing health and social services authority.
  • Knowledge of the signs of violence, abuse, mental illness and addictions, as well as current trends and best practices in addressing psychological outcomes.
  • Ability to commit to professional development and increasing competencies.
  • Ability to maintain awareness of the impacts of colonization and residential schools and to reduce barriers for children youth and their families.
  • Ability to provide expert consultative services to parents/caregivers, educators, social services workers, and other community partners.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with an interdisciplinary team and to recognize and competently and confidently respond to community and family needs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly on a variety of subjects in plain language both written and verbal. Ability to reach sound decisions in times of crisis.
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross cultural setting including with community members impacted by colonization and residential schools.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445
[email protected]

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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