Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Aklavik
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 23613
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 Aklavik, NT and Fort McPherson, NT, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) reports to the Beaufort Delta, Regional Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health and Addiction Services (Inuvik).

The CYCC position is part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of direct therapeutic services to support the needs of children, youth and their families. The CYCC is a member of the community counselling team and provides integrated and therapeutic mental health and behavioural programming in collaboration with school personnel and other health and mental health and social services professionals. The CYCC provides a wide range of services with an emphasis on developing therapeutic relationships with children, youth and their families. During the school year, the CYCC 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.


  • 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. 

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:

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 one (1) 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 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 # 23613

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $49.12 per hour to $58.68 per hour (approximately $95,784 - $114,426.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $15,279.