Youth Counsellor

status

Permanent / Full-time

department

Inuit Values and Practices

location

Kuujjuaq, Québec

jos posting end date

September 30, 2022

The Youth Counsellor plays a crucial role in:

  • Providing assistance, advice, and guidance as well as evaluating the psychological functioning, personal resources, and environmental conditions of guests in the youth sector.
  • Providing group and individual counselling, facilitating, preparing lecture packages and documentation of guest activities.
  • Working with other departments to ensure all services and activities offered by Isuarsivik are culturally relevant and safe.

Purpose of position

Under the direction of the Inuit Values and Practices Manager, and the day-to-day supervision of the Coordinator of Youth Services, the Youth Counsellor is responsible for the therapeutic program delivery of youth guests during their time at the Centre.

Essential duties
and responsibilities

Youth Guest
  • Assists in the intake process of youth guests in collaboration with other counselling staff.
  • Prepares youth guest kits for their integration into the program.
  • Assesses phases of withdrawal and reports any concerns regarding intake assessment results to supervisor if needed.
  • Assists youth guests in identifying problem areas, and setting goals and aftercare plans.
  • Advises supervisor of any concerns relating to youth guests and activities at the Centre.
  • Works with other team members to ensure concerted and coordinated interventions and assess the achievement of objectives.
Youth Guest Files
  • Creates 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 programming.
  • Delivers program activities according to the developed program.
  • Plans and delivers individual counselling to youth guests.
  • Plans and delivers group counselling to youth guests.
  • Ensures the guests understand the presentation/lecture and material.
  • Plans, implements, and participates in group activities.
Teamwork
  • Attends daily clinical team meetings and provides feedback to other counselling staff.
  • Collaborates with other program staff to support the recovery process of youth guests.
  • Collaborates with other client-facing staff and school tutor/teacher.
  • Completes and submits required incident reports to the supervisor.
  • Maintains confidentiality of the staff’s and guests’ information.
  • On call during the cycle.
  • Performs other related tasks and duties assigned by Isuarsivik Coordinator of Youth Services and Inuit Values and Practices Manager.

Qualifications

Education
  • College or university degree in social intervention or willingness to integrate a qualifying academic program.
  • Ministry recognized certification and in good standing with their professional order.
Work experience
  • 3 years in a counselling position with youths.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills to effectively talk to a range of people.
  • Interpersonal, problem-solving, observational, and reasoning skills, patience, compassion, understanding of ethics, and emotional stability.
  • Trustworthiness, to inspire guests to confide in you; open-minded and tolerant of different people and situations.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations.
  • 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.
Language
  • 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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