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.
Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
1st Floor, Alex Moses Greenland Building
INUVIK, NT X0E 0T0
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620
Located in Paulatuk, the Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor is a key member of the Primary Community Care Team (PCC) providing direct, community based, culturally sensitive, mental health, addictions, and family violence Counselling services for children, youth and their families. These services include but are not limited to: prevention and promotion initiatives; planning and delivery of community based mental health, addictions, and family violence therapeutic Counselling services; case management; and providing crisis response, supported living, consumer self-help and vocational/education services. The Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor are also a key referral agent and service provider for complex addictions, family violence, and psychiatric clients who may be referred for inpatient treatment or other services outside of the community.
The Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor operates within a philosophy of education, prevention, therapeutic Counselling, out-patient-treatment, and aftercare, to minimize the negative physical, mental, social and emotional impacts of addictions, family violence, mental illness, and trauma through providing clients with the tools, support, and therapeutic venue required to achieve and maintain the highest level of mental health that is possible for the individual. This involves having the skills to work with various cultural groups and all members of the population (children, adolescents, adults, and elders). The incumbent works collaboratively with the Primary Community Care Team. As a part of this team they are the key provider of a full range of mental health, addictions, and family violence Counselling services.
As a member of the Community Counselling Program the Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor plays an important role in ensuring that clients' needs are met by providing appropriate screening, intake, assessment, mental health, addictions, and family violence Counselling, treatment services, planning, and aftercare.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are typically attained by one of the following educational avenues:
Master’s degree in social science with 1 year of relevant Counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence: or
Bachelor degree in social sciences with 3 years of relevant Counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence.
The experience of the Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor should include clinically supervised education or work experience (Counselling experience obtained under a qualified clinical Counselling supervisor) that includes at least 500 hours where at least 120 of those hours are direct client contact.