Child, Youth and Family Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Inuvik
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 22377
Salary: $95,784 - $114,426
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
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

Located in Inuvik, the Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor 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 for children, youth and their families. 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 Child, Youth, and Family Counsellor are 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 impacts on community health and well-being through increased awareness and treatment of mental health, addictions, and family violence issues, reduction of suicides and alcohol related death and illness, as well as the reduction of family breakdown through prevention, therapeutic counselling, and crisis intervention. By providing mental health, family violence, and addictions treatment within the community fewer individuals will need to be referred out of the community reducing costs overall.

The successful incumbent will be servicing Aklavik or Tuktoyaktuk and may be required to travel on small planes and/or by road.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  1. Master’s degree in social science with 1 year of relevant counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence: or
  2. Bachelor degree in social sciences with 3 years of relevant counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence.

The experience of the Child, Youth, and Family 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.

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

Term Position

This job opening is for a 2 Year Term.

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.


The incumbent in this position will be required travel by small plane and/or by road to remote communities (Aklavik or Tuktoyaktuk).

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 # 22377

Closing Date: Open untill filled.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.12 per hour (approximately $95,784 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $22,926 (Aklavik) or $40,433 (Uluhaktok).