Company Name:
Hull Services
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Part Time
Experience level:
Less than 2 years
Education level:
Some College Coursework
Marianna Lambropoulos

Weekend Child and Youth Care Counsellor

The Recovery, Stabilization and Detox (RSD) program has a 6 month contract for a Child and Youth Care Counsellor available, with a strong likelihood for extension. The position involves working Saturdays and Sundays, 2 fourteen hour shifts (either 7:00a.m. to 9:00p.m., 8:00a.m. to 10:00p.m., or 9:00a.m.-11:00p.m.). The role also requires availability for staff meetings and training during the week.

RSD is a partnership program with Alberta Health Services. It is a 14 day, social detox setting with a strong focus on mental health, stabilization, and recovery. The RSD program falls under the Agency’s Safe Directions continuum and works closely in supporting other programs within the continuum.  

The Child and Youth Care Counsellor participates in all facets of program life and is responsible for our youths’ daily care, treatment, nurturance, supervision, and health. The role is extensive and includes counselling, teaching and training, as well as recording and reporting.

 Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Engage and support ‘at risk’ persons served ranging from 12 to 19 years old who are experiencing physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms from the effects of substances, and/or experiencing issues related to mental health.
  • Monitor and work directly with the person served in all aspects of their life within a therapeutic milieu.
  • Participate and engage persons served in structured recreational and therapeutic group activities related to addiction, mental health, and healthy living.
  • Supervise, organize, implement, and actively participate in daily living activities; help youth see these as opportunities for education and therapeutic intervention.
  • Demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation, and adhere to Agency and partnership expectations with regard to confidentiality when dealing with persons served, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals, and the public.
  • Demonstrate initiative, collaborative problem solving, and flexibility to meet the needs of persons served.
  • Model socially acceptable values, i.e., integrity, fairness, respect, self-care, and accountability.
  • Improve the quality of life for the persons served by attending to their physical environment.
  • Attend to team responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Relevant Degree or Diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
  • Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment (preferred)
  • Excellent engagement, behavior management, assessment and counseling experience with high-risk youth and their families
  • A high level of personal maturity and responsibility, and the ability to relate and work effectively with co-workers as a member of the treatment team
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and competencies
  • Strong understanding of addictions and mental health and its impact on youth and families; knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to learn relevant theories, skills, and practices as required for providing interventions for persons accessing the program Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive Agency vehicles
  • Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset
  • 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:

To Apply:

  • Please direct your email, cover letter, and resume to [email protected]
  • Please indicate “Your Name – RSD weekend CYCC” in the subject line of your email. 

 The deadline for application is August 23, 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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