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Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18851
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Aug 17, 2020

Department Information

Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority – Yellowknife Region (NTHSSA)  is one of eight health and social services authorities established by the Department of Health and Social Services in the Government of the Northwest Territories. 

NTHSSA – Yellowknife Region delivers and administers Population Health, Primary Health Care and Social Services programs in the communities of Dettah, Fort Resolution, Lutselk’e, Ndilo and Yellowknife.

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

Job Information

Located in Yellowknife, the Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor (Counsellor) reports directly to the Regional Supervisor, Mental Health and Addictions.

The Counsellor is a key member of the Yellowknife, Lutselk’e and Fort Resolution Primary Community Care team providing direct, community based, culturally sensitive, mental health, addictions, and family counselling services to clients of all ages. These services include but are not limited to: prevention and promotion initiatives; planning and delivery of communitybased mental health, addictions, family violence, therapeutic counselling services, system navigation and providing crisis response services. The Counsellor is 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.

This position 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. This involves having the skills to work with various cultural groups and all members of the population (elders, adults, adolescents, children and families). The incumbent works collaboratively with the region’s Primary Community Care Teams. As a part of this team they are the key provider of a full range of mental health and addictions counselling services.

This position 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:

A Master’s level degree in Counselling, Psychology or Clinical Social Work or a related discipline with a focus on therapeutic counselling with one (1) year of relevant therapeutic counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and family violence.

The experience of the Mental Health and Addiction Counsellor should include clinically supervised education or work experience (therapeutic counselling experience under a
qualified clinical counselling supervisor) that includes at least 500 hours, where at least 120 of these hours are direct client contact.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9

More Information

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $47.68 per hour to $56.96 per hour (approximately $92,976 to $111,072.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.


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

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


This job opening will give preference to candidates who are fluent both orally and written in both English and French.

Affirmative Action

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

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.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18851

Closing Date: August 17, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time