Mental Health Counsellor, Outpatient Mental Health Services

Mental Health Counsellor, Outpatient Mental Health Services
Internal/External Posting
Full Time Position Location: Sioux Lookout, ON
Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services provides mental health counselling, support, and intervention services to First Nation children, youth, adults and families from communities served by SLFNHA. The majority of these 33 communities are remote, not road accessible and only reachable by air transportation. Nodin CFI has several services: counsellors travelling to First Nation communities to see clients, a crisis response program, community-based counsellors, and an Outpatient Mental health Service based in Sioux Lookout.

The Mental Health Counsellor position is one of the team members of the Outpatient Mental Health Service responsible for providing counselling to children, youth, adults (families as required), support/guidance, intervention, crisis management, group work and case management services. This counsellor also may have to travel to First Nations communities depending on departmental needs.

The Outpatient Mental Health Service provides intensive brief counselling, crisis intervention and safety planning to individuals demonstrating very “high risk” behaviours, serious emotional/behavioural disorders, and trauma symptoms that cannot be responded to at the community level. If meeting eligibility criteria, individuals travel from the communities for a short stay in Sioux Lookout to receive mental health support from a multi-disciplinary team.

This Mental Health Counsellor will report to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Manager.

• Degree or Diploma in psychology, social work or related field is preferred. Will consider life and work related experience.
• At least 2 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and/or families in a clinical capacity
• Knowledge of techniques and principles of the family systems theory, crisis therapy intervention, individual/family/group therapy, trauma response, child abuse and family violence, cognitive behavioural therapy, suicide intervention
• Must have experience with assessing high risk clients and responding appropriately
• Knowledge of mandatory reporting requirements
• Experience developing presentations and facilitating group work/therapy
• Can approach work holistically using a wellness model (as opposed to an illness one) which highlights and encourages client’s strengths
• Support system and self-care strategies in place to maintain own wellbeing
• Strong set of interpersonal skills to establish and maintain rapport effectively with clients and partners
• Excellent written, verbal and computer skills
• Strong interviewing, analytical, problem-solving, organizational and time management skills
• Self-starter to work independently with initiative and highly adaptable
• Knowledge of First Nations culture, history, community-based services, geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nations communities
• Previous experience working with First Nations communities is an asset
• Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region is an asset
• Additional training and mentorship will be offered as a condition of employment

• Provide counselling, support/guidance, intervention, crisis management, family counselling as required, group work and case management
• Conduct mental health assessments, help clients define goals and develop treatment plans
• Assessment of risk factors, clinical management of risk, stabilization, development of safety plans
• Develop therapeutic processes to guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems
• Focus sessions on recovery, modification of behaviours or better management of conditions
• Evaluate client’s progress on a regular basis and adjust interventions as necessary
• Coordinate care, collaborate and refer to community/regional resources or specialists
• Maintain accurate, factual, and objective typewritten records in a timely manner on all aspects of clinical care
• Monitor files closely to ensure there is active care, and close inactive files without delay
• Protect client confidentiality, secure all records, and maintain integrity of client record
• Follow duty to report requirements as necessary
• Lead group therapy sessions and preventive mental wellness workshops/groups
• Participate in regular supervision meetings to review all cases/issues, receive education and direction, and for debriefing
• Prepare 3-month work plans in advance to ensure communities receive services in a timely and effective manner
• Participate in ongoing education on mental health issues and team meetings
• Develop and deliver presentations and group work in-house and in communities as requested
• Develop and maintain good working relationships with community-based mental health workers and provide mentoring support
• Other duties that may be deemed necessary by your immediate Supervisor
• May have to travel with future development of Nodin

Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Person’s Sector Check to:

Human Resource Department
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8
Phone: (807) 737-1802
Fax: (807) 737-2969

Closing Date: November 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

No resumes received after this time will be accepted.

The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance.
However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.

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Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Job Location: 
POINT (-91.922038 50.0978321)
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 16:30