We are looking for Relief Child and Youth Care Counsellors for our Therapeutic Campus-Based Care programs, school and group homes.
We need Child and Youth Care Counsellors with weekday availability as well as evening and weekend availability.
Bring your talent and passion to a community-first organization at the forefront of children’s mental health. Collaborate with diverse, talented colleagues and leaders who support your success. Help transform children and families to get the most from their lives. Develop your skills through industry-leading training and development, as you build an extraordinary career.
Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Relief Child and Youth Care Counsellor is a member of the interdisciplinary team which assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the treatment program(s) for our youth. The Counsellor participates fully in all facets of program life (instrumental, clinical, developmental health, nurturance, and supervision. The role is extensive and includes counselling, teaching and training, as well as recording and reporting.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Attend to the physical safety, esteem and developmental needs of the youth (person served).
Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities as well as recreational activities and see these as opportunities for educational and therapeutic interventions.
Use routines and activities to give persons served security and enable them to relate to others in socially acceptable ways; help the youth understand the need for routines and procedures.
Provide meaningful and responsible role modelling, as well as direct teaching in areas of grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition and social manners.
Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities; use systematic plans of instruction, appropriate teaching methods and approaches to transfer information and skills.
Select and make appropriate use of behavioural interventions and strategies.
Communicate rules and behavioural limits and follow through on appropriate behavioural consequences.
Improve the quality of life for the persons served by attending to their physical environment.
Monitor and work directly with the person served in all aspects of his/her life, i.e., liaise with parents and community groups.
Carry out advocacy responsibilities with regard to the person served and the Agency.
Promote and safeguard persons' served rights, interests and treatment by interceding on their behalf.
Act as an avenue of recourse or grievance for the person served and represent his/her interests.
In working with persons served, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals and the public, demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation and adhere to Agency expectations with regard to confidentiality.
Attend to team responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude.
Model socially acceptable values, e.g., integrity, fairness, and respect.
Participate in professional development activities.
Qualifications and Skills:
Degree or diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences (or working towards for relief applicants).
Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment (preferred).
High level of personal competence in the formation and maintenance of caring and therapeutic relationships.
Ability to engage children, youth and families in the treatment process.
Demonstrated interest, commitment, consistency, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check.
Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to drive Agency vehicles is preferred.
Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset.
Preference will be given to those that have completed coursework and/or certification in Brain Development or Trauma Informed Care. Some suggested courses include:
The Brain Story Certification through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI): www.albertafamilywellness.org
The Trauma Informed Care E- Learning Modules through Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page15526.aspx or
Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre “Being Trauma Aware” online course: https://trauma.respectgroupinc.com
Direct your email, cover letter and updated resume to email@example.com
Please indicate “Your Full Name – Relief CYCC” in the subject line of your email.
We thank all applicants who are interested in this position, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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