Child & Youth Care Counselor

Job Summary

Location: Fort Good Hope
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 20113
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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

This position ensures that therapeutic plans are developed, followed and are meeting the individual need of the child, youth and family. 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.

The incumbent may be required to work on call and work a  flexible  schedule  to ensure accessibility to members of the community. In addition, when a traumatic event occurs within the community or to an individual, the incumbent will often be called upon outside of work hours.


• Knowledge of Northwest Territories services and supports, as well as relevant legislation (Child and Family Services Act, Health Information Act, Mental Health Act, Education Act).

• Knowledge and experience in the delivery of child and youth mental health services including direct, front line service delivery, assessment and treatment planning.

• Knowledge of various approaches to therapy relating to the treatment of children and youth with mental health and behavioural issues, disorders and addictions.

• Knowledge and extensive experience in working with children and youth with mental health issues and their families, including in a school and community settings.

• Knowledge and skills in applying an integrated stepped care approach to service delivery.

• Knowledge and skills working with a variety of approaches to psychotherapy, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, etc.

• Knowledge and skills in working in an interdisciplinary manner to optimize wrap around service delivery.

• Knowledge of and ability to network with resources within and outside of the employing health and social services authority.

• Knowledge of the signs of violence, abuse, mental illness and addictions, as well as current trends and best practices in addressing psychological outcomes.

• Ability to commit to professional development and increasing competencies.

• Ability to maintain awareness of the impacts of colonization and residential schools and to reduce barriers for children youth and their families.

• Ability to provide expert consultative services to parents/caregivers, educators, social services workers, and other community partners.

• Ability to effectively communicate with an interdisciplinary team and to recognize and competently and confidently respond to community and family needs.

• Ability to communicate clearly on a variety of subjects in plain language both written and verbal.  Ability to reach sound decisions in times of crisis.

• Ability  to  work  effectively  in  a  cross  cultural  setting  including  with  community members impacted by colonization and residential schools.

• Ability to effectively organize, lead, and mentor others.

• Ability to   work   effectively   in  small   and   large  groups   using  project management and leadership skills, program planning and implementation skills, listening and verbal communication skills, facilitation and presentation skills, negotiation skills, team building and relationship building skills.

• Ability to be registered with a professional counselling certification body is an asset.

• Ability to maintain the goodwill of clients, colleagues and co-workers.

• Ability to operate word processing, internet, email, and other relevant programs.


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.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Sahtu HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 360 
Tel (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173

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.

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 # 20113       Closing Date: Open till filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $47.68 per hour (approximately $92,976.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.