Night Counsellor

Submitted on Wednesday, 07/27/2022 - 12:02 pm

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

About Us:

Hull Services is a charitable, multi-service organization that offers a range of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs to support children, youth and families to overcome challenges and build resilience. Hull’s programs and services include prevention, early intervention, in-home support, kinship and foster care, group care, school day treatment, therapeutic campus based care, secure and stabilization programs, supported interdependent living and education and training services. Located in Calgary, we have been serving Alberta’s young people and families for over 50 years, and support over 4000 individuals annually.

The Program:

The Nights program is currently looking to fill a full time Night Counsellor position.

This is an awake, overnight position and the hours of work are 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. This role involves working in all of our Therapeutic Campus Based programs and community group homes and require availability to work weekends.

The Night Counsellors’ primary responsibilities are to attend to the health and welfare of the children and the security of the programs and campus. Employees in this classification perform essential work as it applies to the care, nurturance, and supervision of our youth.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the physical security of the program.
  • Conduct program rounds to account for all the children and ensure good program order, safety and security.
  • Routinely conduct rounds throughout the night at designated intervals and as necessary in situations when increased surveillance of the program and children is warranted, e.g., when there are concerns regarding suicide ideation, self-harm and medical issues.
  • Attend to the physical needs and medical requirements of our young people.
  • Use routines and activities to give children and youth security and enable them to relate to others in socially acceptable ways; help them understand the need for structure and routines.
  • Ensure effective follow-through of specific interventions and strategies for each child as per treatment plan and directives.
  • Provide meaningful and responsible role modelling, as well as direct teaching in areas of grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition and social manners.
  • Keep apprised of all relevant documentation pertaining to the program and children such as service plans and the night directives manual.
  • Maintain an up-to-date bed plan in the night directives manual.
  • Record observations and other significant information in appropriate reporting formats.
  • Report information regarding night events, child count, and all noteworthy/atypical situations and critical incidents to the Nights Program Coordinator, senior staff or other appropriate personnel as required.
  • Attend to other administrative tasks as required.
  • Within reason, attend to housekeeping tasks.
  • Participate in professional development activities.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree or Diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment or congregate care preferred.
  • Ability to engage youth in the treatment process and build therapeutic relationships.
  • Demonstrated interest, commitment, consistency, flexibility, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as effectively and cooperatively with co-workers.
  • Cross cultural competence; knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the recommendations, goals and activities of the commission.
  • Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check.
  • Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset.
  • Completion of coursework and/or certification in Brain Development or Trauma Informed Care is an asset. Some suggested courses include:

To Apply:

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

The application deadline is Wednesday, August 10, 2022.  

Note: We personally review every application received through careers@hullservices.ca and our team will give your application due consideration. It may take up to two weeks to review all applications. If your qualifications and experience match our requirements we will contact you directly.

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.