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Company Name:
Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Child and Family Mental Health Specialist

Discovery House is a trusted, dynamic Calgary agency devoted to the safety and well-being of women with children leaving domestic violence. We offer stability, hope and opportunity through long-term residential and individualized community support which result in healthier families and stronger communities.


All employees have a responsibility to carry out the vision, mission, and values of Discovery House while adhering to all Agency policies and procedures.  Paramount to this responsibility is demonstrating a client-focused and trauma informed approach to all aspects of Discovery House operations along with a willingness to cooperate with all Discovery House staff and volunteers in translating these practices into the planning and delivery of all programs and services.


Reporting to the Manager, Programs and Clinical Services, the Child and Family Mental Health Specialist is responsible for providing group and individual counselling for children, adults and families.  This position is part of Discovery House’s Mental Health Team and works closely with Community Housing Program, Shelter Program, and Child & Youth Program teams to address families’ practical and emotional needs.


The duties of a Mental Health Group Counselling Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform individual, group and family counselling with women and with children and youth.
  • Perform assessments and provide support to client families experiencing mental health issues, addictions and other psychosocial concerns.
  • Initiate and track referrals to longer term and specialized treatment options, as needed.
  • Collaborate with community agencies and partners to advocate toward meeting the needs of the client family.
  • Initiate and participate in case conferences with necessary parties as required.
  • Participate in regular individual and group supervision.
  • Provide group clinical supervision to a non-clinical team.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate documentation, record keeping and statistics as required for clinical program standards.
  • Keep accurate and up to date file notes.
  • Maintain accurate record of time spent with each client
  • Submit expense records, statistical records, and time reports monthly
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of family violence as a clinical and social issue related to poverty and homelessness.
  • Deep understanding of trauma informed practice
  • Strong group counselling, assessment, crisis management, and psychosocial intervention skills.
  • Working knowledge of CBT, DBT, self-compassion, mindfulness, and emotional regulation techniques.
  • Understanding of the Housing First and Harm Reduction models.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, negotiate and prioritize.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability with computer programs, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Working knowledge of the DSM-IV-TR and DSM 5 an asset.


  • Master of Social Work or related post-graduate or Master of Counselling degree required.
  • Registration (or eligible for registration) with the Alberta College of Social Workers or with the College of Alberta Psychologists.
  • Professional experience with counselling children, families and adults in group and individual settings.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations required.
  • Current CPR, First Aid, and ASIST certification desirable.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required.


  • This position requires working in clients’ homes.  This position will also have an office space to complete administrative, reporting, and collaborating duties.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by August 23, 2019 with “Child and Family Mental Health Specialist” in the subject line. 

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Discovery House is a committed equal opportunity employer. We acknowledge that we are situated on the traditional territories of Treaty 7 First Nations and Region III of Métis Nation of Alberta.