Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 19816
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Mar 2, 2021

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.

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 community based 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.

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 qualifications for this position are 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. 
  • 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:

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


Eligible for current registration/certification and in good standing with a reputable Canadian, Provincial or Territorial regulatory or licensing body, such as Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Canadian Psychological Association (psychologists) or registration with the NWT social workers professional licensing body is mandatory for this position. Other regulatory bodies will be considered on a case by case basis.

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This job opening prefers candidates to be fluent both orally and written in both English and French. 


The incumbent in this position will be required travel by small plane to remote settlements.

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 # 19816   

Closing Date: March 2, 2021- 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $47.68 per hour (approximately $92,976. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.