Specialized U13 – Child and Youth Care Counsellors

Submitted on Wednesday, 07/10/2024 - 2:51 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:

The Specialized U13 Program is a trauma-informed, relationship-based, intensive treatment programs serving youth under 18 years of age. We use evidence-based treatment methods including, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., into our therapeutic milieu-based treatment program.

The Position:

We are looking for two regular, full-time Child and Youth Care Counsellors. The schedule for this position requires flexibility to work weekdays, weekends and morning and/or evening shifts (shifts are generally 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

Reporting to the Program Coordinator, Child and Youth Care Counsellors are integral members of an interdisciplinary team which assesses, plans, implements and evaluates treatment programs for the children in our care. Counsellors participate in all facets of program life and are responsible for the youths’ daily care, treatment, health, nurturance, and supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend to the physical safety, esteem and developmental needs of the children.
  • Select and make appropriate use of behavioural interventions and strategies.
  • Communicate rules and behavioural limits and follow through on appropriate behavioural interventions.
  • Engage in crisis management and intervention including the use of restrictive interventions when required
  • Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities; use systematic plans of instruction, appropriate teaching methods and approaches to transfer information and skills.
  • Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities and see these as opportunities for educational and therapeutic interventions.
  • Use routines and activities to give children security and enable them to relate to others in socially acceptable ways; help the youth understand the need for routines and procedures.
  • Provide meaningful and responsible role modelling, as well as direct teaching in areas of grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition and social manners.
  • Plan and carry out individual and group activities of a recreational nature.
  • Improve the quality of life for the children by attending to their physical environment.
  • Monitor and work directly with the children in all aspects of his/her life, e.g., liaise with parents and community groups.
  • Promote and safeguard children’s rights, interests and treatment by interceding on their behalf.
  • Act as an avenue of recourse or grievance for the youth and represent his/her interests.
  • Carry out advocacy responsibilities regarding the children, youth and the Agency.
  • In working with people we serve, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals and the public, demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation and adhere to Agency expectations regarding confidentiality.
  • Attend to team responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude.
  • Model socially acceptable values, e.g., integrity, fairness, and respect.
  • Participate in professional development activities.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Degree or diploma in Child and Youth Care Counselling, Human Services or Social Sciences.
  • Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment or congregate care preferred.
  • High level of personal competence in the formation and maintenance of caring and therapeutic relationships.
  • Ability to engage clients and families in the treatment process.
  • Demonstrated interest, commitment, dependability, consistency, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility.
  • Shift leading and supervision experience is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to drive Agency vehicles preferred (min. 3 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.

 To Apply:

  • If interested, please inform your supervisor and direct your cover letter, updated resume to careers@hullservices.ca
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – CYCC U13” in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for applications is until suitable candidates are found.

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.