Child, Youth and Family Counsellor (Northwest Territories)

  • PracticeNWT
  • Jun 08, 2021
Full time Other

Job Description

Are you a counsellor with experience counselling children, youth and families interested in engaging with your clients in a meaningful and positive way? We are looking for a Child, Family & Youth Counsellors to work in the communities of Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik on the edge of the Arctic Circle.  The small, close knit communities of the NWT provide counsellors a great opportunity to foster relationships and to see the impacts of their work right away.  What are you waiting for?  Apply today!  

Why the Northwest Territories?

Located above the 60th parallel, the Northwest Territories awaits with seemingly endless lakes and unmatched vistas. The opportunities available in our communities are perfect for the outdoors enthusiast looking for adventure, a healthy work/life balance, and an escape from the hustle of the big city.

The Beaufort-Delta Region is home to the northern-most communities in the Northwest Territories. Famous for wildlife sightings like polar bears, reindeer, muskoxen and caribou, this unique region above the tree line is simply breathtaking. Popular activities include taking a dip in the Arctic Ocean and exploring the unique landscape of the pingos. With most communities in this region accessible by road, there is a full range of essential services.

About the Work

The Child, Youth and Family Counsellor (CYFC) is a key member of the Primary Community Care Team providing direct, community based, culturally sensitive, mental health, addictions, and family violence counselling services for children, youth and their families. These services include: 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 CYFC is 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 CYFC operates within a philosophy of education, prevention, therapeutic counseling, out-patient treatment, and aftercare to minimize the negative mental health impacts on the individual and the community. The CYFC has a direct impact on community health and well-being through increased awareness and treatment of mental health, addictions, and family violence issues, reduction of suicides and alcohol related death and illness, as well as the reduction of family breakdown through prevention, therapeutic counselling, and crisis intervention.

Two positions are currently available in Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik, Northwest Territories.

Typically this position requires one of the following educational avenues:

  1. 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
  2. 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 CYFC 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.

What are the Benefits?

In addition to highly competitive salaries, the Northwest Territories offers a Northern Living Allowance ($19,686 for Tuktoyaktuk / $20,430 for Aklavik), health and dental benefits, a generous pension plan, and outstanding leave benefits including deferred leave options. On top of that, we offer relocation assistance, along with professional development opportunities and education support.

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Job Category

Social Worker


Tuktoyaktuk, NT / Aklavik, NT