Children’s Village School – Educational Child and Youth Care Counsellor – Enhanced Educational Support

Submitted on Monday, 06/03/2024 - 4:13 pm

Hull Services has an organizational commitment to pursuing truth and reconciliation, decolonization and anti-oppression.

About Us:

Hull Services has long had a reputation for providing leading edge child, youth, and family mental health services. We work with children, youth and families who have experienced mental health struggles, behavioural problems, developmental delay, neglect, abuse and trauma. Hull offers them an opportunity to seek well-being and happiness, with a focus on mental health. Hull’s vision is for resilient young people and families to thrive within communities that support their mental health and well-being. Hull’s programs and services include prevention and early intervention, family-based treatment, school-based services, community group care, campus-based care, adult services and education and training. Located in Calgary, we have been serving Alberta’s young people and families for 60 years, and support over 8,000 young people and families each year.

For more information about Hull Services, please visit our website: www.hullservices.ca

The Program:

Children’s Village School (CVS) is operated as a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and Hull Services. The therapeutic programming offered is designed to meet the complex learning, social, and emotional needs of elementary school-aged children. These students’ severe emotional and behavioral difficulties in their current school, community and home have created significant barriers to their ability to successfully engage in learning. Educational program content includes a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, self-regulation, and social skills. Class sizes range from 6 to 8 students, depending on the grade level and complexity of learner profiles. Each classroom is staffed with one Teacher and two Educational Child and Youth Care Counsellors.

The Position:

Children’s Village School is looking for an Educational Child and Youth Care Counsellor for a specialized – Enhanced Educational Support (EES) classroom supporting children with developmental delays, behavioural and mental health problems.

This position is a full-time position based on a 40-hour work week for 10.5 months starting August 13, 2024 to June 30, 2025. The hours of work are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual or small group instruction including psycho-educational instruction as directed by administration.
  • Supervise students outside the classroom, to and from school, and during non-class time (before/after school, recess, lunch).
  • Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities.
  • Assist children with personal hygiene and caring for themselves.
  • Plan and participate in group activities of a leisure, recreational and therapeutic nature.
  • Utilize a trauma-informed lens and approach when implementing therapeutic strategies and plans.
  • Collaborate with students, colleagues, family and caregivers to develop individual behavioural support plans.
  • Contribute observations and feedback to individual program plans as required.
  • Develop and implement incentive systems for the individual student or class.
  • Communicate rules and behavioral expectations to the students and follow through on appropriate behavioral consequences and rewards.
  • Communicate with students using various methods including augmented or alternative communication devices, e.g. for non-verbal students.
  • Utilize preventative interventions and de-escalating skills in individual and group situations; use crisis intervention techniques as necessary.
  • Provide counseling, life-space interviews, and/or problem solving coaching as appropriate.
  • Collect clinical and administrative information using the appropriate format.
  • Keep records as needed, including attendance records.
  • Record: observations related to medication effectiveness, changes or trials and observations and data regarding academic and behavioural assessments and testing.
  • Attend and participate in team meetings; be prepared to report on school-related information in the absence of the teacher.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences.
  • Experience working with youth with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges is an asset.
  • Skilled at working with children on the autism spectrum.
  • Demonstrated sound clinical judgment.
  • Ability to use a trauma-informed and strength-based approach towards service delivery.
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of personal competence in the formation and maintenance of caring and therapeutic relationships.
  • Ability and willingness to support students with personal hygiene.
  • Dynamic and high energy individual.
  • Ability to work independently when required and as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Cross cultural competence; knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the recommendations, goals and activities of the commission.
  • A Police Information Check, which includes a vulnerable sector search, is required (or is in process of being completed) prior to employment.
  • A Child Intervention Record Check.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to drive Agency vehicles is preferred (min. 3 years driving experience with a class 5/GDL class 5 license).
  • Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certified with CYCAA would be considered an asset.

How to Apply:

  • If interested, please direct your email, cover letter and resume to careers@hullservices.ca    
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – Counsellor ESS” in the subject line of your email.

 The deadline for application is Monday, June 17, 2024.

 At Hull, one of our core values is Inclusion and we seek to understand people’s lived experience, holding a deep respect for their unique backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, cultures and identities. It is our desire to humbly build trust and mutual respect with the people we serve who have often been marginalized and oppressed for their differences. To achieve this, Hull seeks open, self-aware individuals who reflect the diversity of those we serve and can help us build a safe, healthy, inclusive culture. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, or sexual orientation.