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

Child and Youth Care Counsellor - PChAD

The PChAD (Protection of Children Abusing Drugs) program has a full time, weekday Child and Youth Care Counsellor position available. The schedule for the position is Monday to Friday with rotating 7a.m. -3p.m. and 3p.m. -11p.m. shifts on a weekly basis.

 PChAD provides a confined court-ordered and monitored service to youth abusing or addicted to drugs and alcohol. PChAD is a partnership program with Alberta Health Services working in a 10-15 day, secure, social detox setting.

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: 

  • Work with persons served under 18 yrs. old, experiencing physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms from the effects of substances
  • Monitor and work directly with the person served in all aspects of their life within a therapeutic milieu
  • Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities and see these as opportunities for education and therapeutic intervention
  • Engage persons served in individual and group activities of a recreational and treatment focused nature
  • 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 adhere to Agency and partnership expectations with regard to confidentiality
  • Attend to team membership responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Model socially acceptable values, i.e., integrity, fairness, respect, self-care, and accountability
  • Participate in structured recreational and therapeutic group activities related to drug use and healthy living 

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Degree or diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
  • Demonstrated interest, commitment, and consistency
  • Ability to engage youth and families in the treatment process
  • Experience in therapeutic campus based care or group care preferred
  • Excellent engagement, behavioral management, assessment and counselling experience with high-risk youth and their families
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently; self starter that demonstrates initiative
  • Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check; Child Intervention Record Check
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation 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, updated resume to [email protected]
  • Indicate “Your Full Name – PCHAD CYCC” in the subject line of your email 

The deadline for application is Monday, September 9, 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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