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Company Name:
Hull Services
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Child and Youth Care Counsellor - Weekend


COTTAGE ONE – Child and Youth Care Counsellor

We are currently hiring for a Full Time Weekend Child and Youth Care Counsellor for our Cottage One program. This is a weekend position working Saturday and Sunday and shifts during the week to maintain full time hours.

Cottage One is a therapeutic campus-based care program that provides intensive treatment to youth with dual diagnosis. The program works with persons served with developmental delays, social and emotional deficits along with mental health issues to help improve their self-regulation, social skills and adaptive functioning while providing safety and stability in a highly structured setting to help them attain success and reintegrate them into the community. Treatment practices follow a behavioural-family systems orientation, where social learning methods are used for promoting behaviour change along with an understanding of trauma, brain functioning, sensory based needs and self-regulation. The program has a strong focus on preserving family connection by providing support through family work, after care and strengthening cultural connections.

Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor is a member of the interdisciplinary team which assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the treatment program(s) for a given person served.  The Counsellor participates fully in all facets of program life with the persons served (instrumental, clinical, developmental), and is responsible for their daily care, treatment, nurturance, supervision, health and discipline. The role is extensive and includes counselling, teaching and training, as well as recording and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Communicate rules and behavioural limits to the person served and follow through on appropriate behavioural consequences
  • Select and make appropriate use of behavioural interventions and strategies
  • Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities
  • Use routines and activities to give persons' served security, to enable them to relate to others in socially acceptable ways, help the person served to understand the need for routines and procedures.
  • Use systematic plans of instruction, appropriate teaching methods and approaches to transfer information and skills to the persons served
  • Act as an avenue of recourse or grievance for the person served and represent his/her interests.
  • Monitor and work directly with the person served in all aspects of his/her life, i.e., liaison with parents, community groups
  • Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities and see these as opportunities for educational and therapeutic interventions
  • Plan and carry out individual and group activities of a recreational nature
  • Provide a meaningful and responsible role model, as well as direct teaching in areas of grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition and social manners. Attend to the physical safety, esteem and developmental needs of the person served
  • Improve the quality of life for the persons served through attending to the physical environment.
  • In dealing with persons served, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals and the public, demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation and conform to Agency expectations with regard to confidentiality
  • Attend to team membership responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, positive attitude
  • Model socially acceptable values, i.e., integrity, fairness, respect
  • Carry out advocacy responsibilities with regard to the person served and the Agency
  • Promote and safeguard persons' served rights, interests and treatment by interceding on their behalf
  • Participate in Professional Development Activities

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in human services or social sciences, or currently enrolled in a program.
  • Shift leading experience is preferred.
  • High personal competence in the formation and maintenance of caring, therapeutic relationships
  • Interest, commitment, consistent, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility
  • Ability to engage clients and families in the treatment process
  • Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment (preferred)
  • Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Intervention Record Check
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive Agency vehicles
  • Reliable transportation
  • Preference will be given to those that have completed coursework and/or certification in Brain Development or Trauma Informed Care.  Some suggested courses include:   
    • The Brain Story Certification through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI),,
    • The Trauma Informed Care E- Learning Modules through Alberta Health Services or
    • Sheldon Kennedy Centre “Being Trauma Aware” Online Course
  • Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Certified with CYCAA and/or Therapeutic Crisis Intervention would be considered an asset.

If interested, please direct your cover letter and resume, indicating “Your Name – Weekend Cottage One” in the subject line of your email, to [email protected]

The deadline for application is April 3, 2019.

We thank all applicants who are interested in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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