Child and Youth Care Counselor - Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Deline and Norman Wells

Job Summary

Location: Norman Wells
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 16597
Wage: See "Salary Information" below.
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Territorial Health and Social Services Authority (THSSA) works under the direction of the Minister of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services and the Health and Social Services regions, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the Northwest Territories through planning, development, deliver, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery. 

THSSA is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. THSSA strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.

Our mission is to work with people to optimize wellbeing through the provision of collaborative and culturally appropriate health and social services.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Sahtu HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#2 McKenzie Drive
Box 360 
Ph. (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173

Job Information

There are 4 positions located in Deline, Fort Good Hope, Tulita and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories and the incumbents reports to the Sahtu Regional Manager, Mental Health and Addictions.  The CYCC provides direct client care including individual and environmental assessment (with an emphasis on strengths and assets rather than pathology), intervention planning, individual, family and group counselling and referrals to other important service providers and agencies within the community.  The CYCC collaborates with other community services including school principals, teachers, regional inclusive schooling coordinators, social workers, nurses, physicians, Community Health Representatives, RCMP, probation, Victim Services, and local Indigenous and Non-Government Organizations to provide a comprehensive, person and family centered approach to care.

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.   Relevant equivalencies will be considered.  Previous experience working in child and youth mental health and addictions preferable.

The CYCC will work out of the schools during the school year then during summer months they will be located within the community health centers. 

Chief T'Selehye School (JK-12 - 145 students) - Fort Good Hope, which is a fly-in community, with winter-road access, in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada.  We are located on a peninsula between Jackfish Creek and the Rabbit Skin River on the east bank of the Mackenzie River, about 145km northwest of Norman Wells. If you are an avid outdoors person this is the place for you. Fort Good Hope is on the 66th parallel but still below the tree line.  Fort Good Hope also offers many other outdoor activities for those of you that just want to enjoy the hiking, canoeing, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and quading trails abound the area for you to explore. The community has a recreation center, league hockey, women's and men's fitness and wellness programs.

Mackenzie Mountain School (JK-12 – 150 students) - Located in the majestic Mackenzie Valley, situated between the Franklin and Mackenzie mountain ranges, sits the town of Norman Wells. With a population of around 750 residents (about 160 in the JK-12 school) this town is surely to be an amazing home for anyone with loves a dichotomy of outdoor adventure and certain urban amenities. Some of the spectacular groups, events, etc. that the town offers are: sports teams (rec softball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, curling), cross-country ski trails, a gym/fitness center, and many more local activities and groups.

Chief Albert Wright School (JK-12 – 100 students) - Tulita is situated at the confluence of the Mackenzie and Great Bear rivers, in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. Tulita lies in the shadow of Bear Rock, which has spiritual significance for the Dene and Metis people, and is a landmark of the Sahtu region.

?ehtseo Ayha School (JK-12 – 100 students) - Deline the birthplace of Hockey, home to the biggest lake trout’s in the world, and the only community on the western shore of Great Bear Lake. Alone on a Lake approximately the size of the Netherlands and near the Arctic Circle, Deline is a place where culture and traditions of the Dene First Nation flourish. There are no roads to bring you here most of the year – air access is the only option. Many still supplement their diets by hunting, fishing and trapping at least part of the time.

More Information

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #16597     Closing Date: Open till filled

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Salary Information

Salary for this position is currently Under Review.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered, such as:
Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling with two years of directly related experience or two years of Child, Youth Care Work;
Diploma in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling with four years of directly related experience or four years of experience in Child, Youth Care Work.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.