Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor

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Closing date: Mar 3, 2017

Location: Fort Simpson

Department: DCHSSA Mental Hlth & Addiction

Job Code: 14103

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) works under the direction of the Minister of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services and the Health and Social Services regions, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the Northwest Territories through planning, development, deliver, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery. 

The NTHSSA is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. NTHSSA strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.

Our mission is to work with people to optimize wellbeing through the provision of collaborative and culturally appropriate health and social services.



Job Information

This position reports directly to the Regional Supervisor, Mental Health and Addictions Services for the administrative, supervision and functional input and clinical guidance. The incumbent is 1 of 4 positions within the Dehcho region. Two positions are in Fort Simpson, one in Fort Liard and one in Fort Providence.

The MHA Counsellor provides direct, community based, culturally sensitive, mental health, addictions, and family violence counseling services to clients. These services include but are not limited to: prevention and promotion initiatives; planning and delivery of community based mental health, addictions, and family violence therapeutic counseling services; case management, and providing crisis response, supported living, consumer self-help and vocational/education services. The MHA Counsellor is also a key referral agent and service provider for complex addictions, family violence, and psychiatric clients who may be referred for inpatient treatment or other services outside of the community.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Master’s degree in social science with 1 year of relevant counseling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence.

The experience of the MHA Counsellor should include clinically supervised education or work experience (counseling experience obtained under a qualified clinical counseling supervisor) that includes at least 500 hours where at least 120 of those hours are direct client contact. Additional hours are spent in face-to-face supervision, educational activities, documentation activities and professional development.




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Eligible for current registration with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association is mandatory for this position. 

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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $44.75 per hour (approximately $87,262 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $10,250.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14103        

Closing Date: March 3, 2017 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith Client Service Centre

GNWT Human Resources

83 Breynat Street

Box 876


Ph. (867) 872-6500

Fax (867) 872-3298


Term Position

This job opening is for a one (1) year term.