Child & Youth Care Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 22084
Salary: $95,784 - $114,426
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Jun 10, 2022

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

Are you looking for a rewarding career in North? If you are, we have the position for you!

Reporting to the Regional Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Services, you will be part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of direct therapeutic services to support the needs of children, youth and their families. You will be a member of the community counselling team and provide integrated and therapeutic mental health and behavioral programming in collaboration with school personnel and other health, mental health and social services professionals. You will provide a wide range of services with an emphasis on developing therapeutic relationships with children, youth and their families. During the school year, you will be based primarily in the school, but, in order to align with the needs of children and youth, other locations may include the Community Counselling Program office, client family home or other appropriate community locations. As part of an interdisciplinary team approach, other services targeted to assist children and youth include: community development, consultation, coordination, education and integrated services management.

You will ensure that therapeutic plans are developed, followed and are meeting the individual needs of the child, youth and family. You will provide direct client care including individual and environmental assessment (with an emphasis on strengths and assets rather than pathology), intervention planning, individual, and family and group counselling and referrals to other important service providers and agencies within the community. In addition, you will collaborate with other community service providers 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 through the completion of a Masters degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

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. 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories.  In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22084

Closing Date: June 10, 2022 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.12 per hour (approximately $95,784.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $7,374.00