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The Counsellor will work with children, youth and their families to address mental health and addiction challenges.  In partnership with the family and other service providers, strengths are identified and built on to preserve natural family environments.  This position will be stationed within the Garden River Wellness Centre and services will be delivered on the Garden River First Nation



·         Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) or Masters in Counselling plus two (2) or more years of clinical experience in children’s mental health and/or addictions or related field preferred or B.S.W./B.A. in a related field plus three (3) or more years  clinical experience.

·         Current registration and in good standing with regulated professional college (RSW, RP) is required.

·         Possession of an Addictions Certificate an asset.

·         Knowledge of a variety of addictions treatment interventions and harm reduction strategies required.

·         Knowledge, understanding and respect of Indigenous culture, traditions and teachings to provide culturally competent services

·         Certification in ASSIST is an asset.

·         Sound knowledge of substance abuse issues, adolescent development, family dynamics, and the impact of substance abuse within the family are required.

·         Knowledge of a variety of addictions treatment interventions and harm reduction strategies, along with demonstrated presentation skills is required.

·         A sound knowledge of Outreach concepts, and familiarity with client -directed treatment models are definite assets.

·         Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as, The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, The Education Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act

·         High level of maturity and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated leadership qualities with competence in making and implementing decisions.

·         Ability to work cooperatively and negotiate effectively within an interdisciplinary team, across the agency, with collateral agencies/professionals including the medical community at both a front-line and systems level.

·         Thorough knowledge of mental health resources.

·         Ability to write clear, concise reports.

·         Proficiency with computers, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and data MIS.

·         Possession of a valid Ontario Driver’s License (minimum of Class G2 if under the age of 19, and Class G license if 19 and over), ability to travel, and use of a personal vehicle.

·         Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends across various settings (school, home, office, community).

·         Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French); as well as Indigenous languages is an asset.


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