We are looking for Relief Child and Youth Care Counsellors for our Therapeutic Campus-Based Care programs and group homes, with flexibility for weekday and/or evening availability (shifts are generally 7:00AM to 3:00PM, 3:00PM to 11:00PM and 11:00PM to 7:00AM).
Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Relief Child and Youth Care Counsellor is a member of the interdisciplinary team which assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the treatment program(s) for our youth. The Counsellor participates fully in all facets of program life and is responsible for our youths’ daily care, treatment, health, nurturance, and supervision.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attend to the physical safety, esteem and developmental needs of our young people.
- Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities as well as recreational activities and see these as opportunities for educational and therapeutic interventions.
- Use routines and activities to give children and youth 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.
- Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities; use systematic plans of instruction, appropriate teaching methods and approaches to transfer information and skills.
- Select and make appropriate use of behavioural interventions and strategies.
- Communicate rules and behavioural limits and follow through on appropriate behavioural consequences.
- Improve the quality of life for our young people by attending to their physical environment.
- Monitor and work directly with the youth in all aspects of their lives, i.e., liaise with parents and community groups.
- Carry out advocacy responsibilities with regard to our young people and the Agency.
- Promote and safeguard the rights, interests and treatment of the people we serve by interceding on their behalf.
- Act as an avenue of recourse or grievance for the youth and represent his/her interests.
- In working with children, youth, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals and the public, demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation and adhere to Agency expectations with regard to 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.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Degree or diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences (or currently enrolled).
- Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care treatment (preferred).
- High level of personal competence in the formation and maintenance of caring and therapeutic relationships.
- Ability to engage children, youth and families in the treatment process.
- Demonstrated interest, commitment, consistency, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- 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.
- Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset.
- Preference will be given to those that have completed coursework and/or certification in Brain Development or Trauma-Informed Care. Some suggested courses include:
Please note: Due to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta, Hull services employees are asked to limit their risk of exposure outside of the Agency. At this time, employees should not work at other congregate care settings, schools and childcare facilities, or at a job that requires face-to-face contact in a public setting where active COVID-19 screening does not occur.
- Please direct your email, cover letter and resume to email@example.com, indicating “Your Name – Relief CYCC” in the subject line of your email.
- In the body of your email, please specify your weekday and/or weekend availability for shifts (shifts are generally 7:00AM to 3:00PM, 3:00PM to 11:00PM and 11:00PM to 7:00AM).
- We thank all applicants who are interested in this position, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and better services for our young people and families.