Recovery, Stabilization and Detox (RSD) and Youth Recovery Program (YRP) Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Submitted on Tuesday, 09/12/2023 - 1:36 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 9,000 young people and families each year.

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The Program:

The RSD and YRP programs are in partnership with Alberta Health Services. RSD is a 14 day, medically supported detox setting for youth aged 12 to 18, with a strong focus on mental health, stabilization, and recovery. YRP is a 12-week, live-in program for youth aged 13 to 17 with substance use and recurring mental health concerns. YRP provides a range of services from pre-treatment, intake, orientation, core treatment and transition planning. Both programs currently share space, anticipating one program moving to a separate building to be constructed in the future. These programs fall under the Agency’s Safe Directions continuum, and work closely in supporting the PChAD program.

The Position:

We are looking for a regular, full-time Child and Youth Care Counsellor. The schedule for this position involves a weekday rotation of 7a.m. to 3p.m. and 3p.m. to 11p.m. shifts.

Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor participates in all facets of program life and is responsible for our youths’ daily care, treatment, nurturance, supervision, and health. The role is extensive and includes counselling, teaching and training, as well as administrative duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage and support youth ranging from 12 to 19 years old who are experiencing physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms from the effects of substances, and/or experiencing issues related to mental health
  • Monitor and work directly with the youth in all aspects of their life within a therapeutic milieu
  • Participate and engage youth in structured recreational and therapeutic group activities related to substance use, mental health, and healthy living
  • Supervise, organize, implement, and actively participate in daily living activities; help youth see these as opportunities for education and therapeutic intervention
  • Demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation, and adhere to Agency and partnership expectations with regard to confidentiality when dealing with youth, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals, and the public
  • Demonstrate initiative, collaborative problem solving, and flexibility to meet the needs of youth
  • Model socially acceptable values, i.e., integrity, fairness, respect, self-care, and accountability.
  • Improve the quality of life for the youth by attending to their physical environment
  • Attend to team responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree or Diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
  • Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment (preferred)
  • Excellent engagement, behavior management, assessment and counseling experience with high-risk youth and their families
  • Strong understanding of substance use and mental health and its impact on youth and families; knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to learn relevant theories, skills, and practices as required for providing interventions for persons accessing the program
  • A 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
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Cross cultural competence; knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the recommendations, goals and activities of the commission.
  • A clear police check, which includes a vulnerable sector search, is required (or is in process of being completed) prior to employment
  • Clear Child Intervention Record Check
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to drive Agency vehicles is preferred (min. 2 years driving experience with a class 5/GDL class 5 license).
  • Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset

How to Apply:

  • If interested, please direct your cover letter and updated resume to
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – RSD & YRP CYCC” in the subject line of your email.

The application deadline is Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Note: We personally review every application received through 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.