Inuit Values and Practices Counsellor


Permanent / Full-time


Inuit Values and Practices


Kuujjuaq, Québec

jos posting end date

September 30, 2022

The Inuit Values and Practices  (IVP) Counsellor plays a crucial role in:

  • Facilitating individual and group therapeutic activities based on Inuit culture and practices.
  • Ensuring the program’s cultural component is based recognizing the role of Inuit identity, worldviews, values, practices, resiliency, and adaptation capabilities as decisive conditions for ensuring a successful individual and collective recovery process.
  • Promoting Isuarsivik as an Inuit culturally sensitive recovery center offering distinct and specific programs to deal with all kinds of addictions and intergenerational trauma.

Purpose of position

Under the direction of the Inuit Values and Practices Manager and the day-to-day supervision of the Coordinator of Inuit Values and Practices, the Inuit Values and Practices Counsellor is responsible for supporting the organization to ensure services are culturally relevant, to contribute to the planning of cultural activities for the guests and to deliver therapeutic activities based on Inuit culture and traditions.

Essential duties
and responsibilities

  • Assists in the intake process of guest application.
  • Prepares guest kits in preparation for the new cycle.
  • Completes the intake process with assigned guests upon arrival.
  • Assesses phases of withdrawal and reports any concerns regarding intake assessment results to supervisor if needed.
  • Assists guests in identifying problem areas, and in setting goals and aftercare plans.
  • Distributes medication according to medication protocol.
  • Ensures guests abide by House Rules, participate in the recovery program, and are aware of the consequences of non-participation.
  • Addresses guests’ concerns and forwards them to the supervisor if needed.
  • Undertakes periodic room checks for cleanliness and prohibited substances.
  • Advises supervisor on any concerns relating to guests and activities at the Centre.
Guests files
  • Creates guest files, records, and reports for assigned guests.
  • Maintains a complete file on each assigned guest, which includes a running record regarding guest behaviour, attitude, activities, and progress for the entire stay at the Centre.
  • Maintains guest confidentiality up to and including the destruction of records according to the Records Management process.
Facilitation Skills
  • Prepares the Centre (classroom, supplies, activities, etc.) for the new cycle.
  • Delivers program information according to the developed program.
  • Ensures the guests understand the presentation/lecture and material.
  • Observes and participates in group discussions and counselling with guests.
  • Plans and delivers group activities based on Inuit culture and traditions.
  • Provides individual counselling to assigned guests.
  • Plans, implements, and participates in group activities.
  • Transports guests when required.
  • Attends daily clinical team meetings and provides feedback to other counselling staff.
  • Participates in fund-raising activities as required or directed.
  • Completes and submits required incident reports to supervisors.
  • Maintains confidentiality of staff and guests.
  • Stays on call during the cycle.
  • Performs other related tasks and duties assigned by the Inuit Values and Practices Manager.


  • College or University degree in a discipline of social intervention or willingness to integrate a qualifying academic program.
Work experience
  • 3 years in a counselling-related position.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills to talk to a range of people effectively.
  • Interpersonal, problem-solving, observational, and reasoning skills, patience, compassion, understanding of ethics, and emotional stability.
  • Trustworthiness to be able to inspire guests to confide in you and be open-minded and tolerant of different people and situations.
  • Personal and professional experience in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Strong ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Ability to work outside standard office hours.
  • Willingness to submit to a criminal record check.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Inuktitut as well as English (mandatory).
  • Ability to read, write, and speak French (an asset).

Work environment

  • Isuarsivik is undergoing a major transition that requires flexibility, creativity, and adaptability.
  • The incumbent must balance multiple demands and urgent requests from guests, staff, and partners.
  • The incumbent must also be prepared to meet the personal and professional challenges associated with living in a northern, isolated community with limited resources.

Salary / Benefits

  • Working conditions are based on Nunavik’s health and social services network.
  • Salary will be determined depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Probation period.
  • Mentorship or training program available (if requirements are not met).

It is the Centre’s objective to favor and promote the employment of beneficiaries from one of the Inuit land claims agreements. Therefore, it is at the discretion of the Board to waive any of the qualification requirements and implement a training or mentoring plan if necessary.

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