Mental Health Counsellor

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Closing date: Jan 22, 2018

Location: Fort Smith

Department: NTHSSA - Mental Health & Addic

Job Code: 15060

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.



Job Information

This position reports directly to the Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health and Addictions. Located in Fort Smith, the Mental Health Counsellor is a key member of the Community Counseling Services team providing direct, community based culturally sensitive, therapeutic mental health services to clients. These services include but are not limited to: intake and screening; assessment; therapeutic Counseling and treatment; aftercare; prevention and promotion initiatives; planning and delivery of community based mental health services; case management; and crisis response. The Mental Health Counsellor is also a key referral agent and service provider for complex addictions and psychiatric clients.

The Mental Health Counsellor operates within a philosophy of education, prevention, therapeutic Counseling, out-patient treatment, and aftercare, to minimize the negative physical, mental, social and emotional impacts of mental health and trauma through providing clients with therapeutic interventions and support to maintain psychological well-being. This involves having the skills to work with various cultural groups and all members of the population (elders, adults, adolescents, children and families). The incumbent works collaboratively within the Integrated Service Delivery Model (ISDM).

This position impacts on community health and well-being through increased awareness and treatment of mental health issues, reduction of suicides and alcohol related deaths and Illnesses, as well as the reduction of family breakdown through prevention, therapeutic Counseling, and crisis intervention. By providing mental health therapeutic services within the community, fewer individuals will need to be referred out of the community, reducing costs overall.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are typically attained with a Master’s degree in clinical or Counseling psychology (or related field), with a minimum of 1 year supervised direct clinical Counseling experience. The experience and/or education of the Mental Health Counsellor must include a minimum of 500 Counseling hours obtained under a qualified clinical Counseling supervisor where at least 120 of those hours are direct client contact.


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Term Position

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


Eligible for current registration/certification 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 $6,167.


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.

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.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15060        

Closing Date: January 22, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
83 Breynat Street
Box 876
Ph. (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License