Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Norman Wells
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 19316
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Information

Norman Wells – Northern Allowance is $21,402.00 per annum. 
Tulita – Northern Allowance is $25,988.00 per annum.

Department Information  
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.

Located in the Sahtu Region, the Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor (Counsellor) reports directly to the Regional Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health and Addiction Services for administrative supervision, functional input and clinical guidance. The incumbent 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 to clients. 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 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. The Norman Wells position may also provide Mental Health and Addictions Services to the community of Colville Lake.

The 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 (elders, adults, adolescents, children and families).

Master’s degree in social science with one (1) year of relevant counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence.

The experience of the Mental Health and Addictions 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. Additional hours are spent in face-to-face supervision, educational activities, documentation activities and professional development. Registration with a relevant accredited membership body (e.g. CCPA, CASW) is desirable.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

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.


Immunization Status

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

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.


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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 19316         

Closing Date: Open Until Filled