Mental Health/Addictions Counselor

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Location: Fort Good Hope

Department: NTHSSA SA Mental Health

Job Code: 15633

Salary: $89,505 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Territorial Health and Social Services Authority (THSSA) 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. 

THSSA 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. THSSA 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 Manager Mental Health & Addictions for administrative supervision, functional input and clinical guidance. Located in Fort Good Hope, the Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor is a key member of the Primary Community Care Team (PCC) providing direct, community based, culturally sensitive, mental health, addictions, and family violence Counselling 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 Counselling services; case management; and providing crisis response, supported living, consumer self-help and vocational/education services. The Mental Health and Addictions 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.

The Mental Health and Addictions Councilor operates within a philosophy of education, prevention, therapeutic Counselling, out-patient-treatment, and aftercare, to minimize the negative physical, mental, social and emotional impacts of addictions, family violence, mental illness, and trauma through providing clients with the tools, support, and therapeutic venue required to achieve and maintain the highest level of mental health that is possible for the individual This involves having the skills to work with various cultural groups and all members of the population (elders, adults, adolescents, children and families).

• Working knowledge of therapeutic treatment options as well as the skill and ability to provide such treatment to people of all ages with mental health, addictions, and family violence issues
• Knowledge of child, adolescent, and adult developmental, psychological, social, and cognitive development
• Knowledge of the different referral agencies/services available within the NWT (and community) for those individuals who require in-patient or alternative (such as psychiatric) assessment and care, this includes knowledge of referral routes and case management techniques.
• Working knowledge of and an ability to refer clients to traditional healers and elders.
• Working knowledge of the biopsychosocial presentation, determinants and precipitators of mental health and mental health disorders and the biopsychosocial presentation, and models of addictions (abstinence model, moral model, harm reduction model, etc.) and the biopsychosocial presentation, determinants and precipitators of family violence in order to recognize and interpret findings and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
• An ability to appropriately use clinical, diagnostic and treatment planning terminology with clients, other health care providers and referral agents.
• General knowledge of the Diagnostic Standards Manual classification system, psychopharmacology and psychophysiology of disorders.
• Working knowledge of the signs of violence and/or abuse at an early stage as well as current trends and best practices in addressing psychological outcomes of violence, including interpersonal therapy, supportive Counselling, group support and cognitive behaviour strategies.
• Knowledge of current trends and ability to apply best practices with clients for addressing risk factors for addictions, mental health disorders and family violence.
• Ability to apply the NWT Mental Health Act, the Child and Family Services Act, the Protection Against Family Violence Act, as well as knowledge of other NWT legislations.
• Adherence to a professional code of ethics.
• Knowledge and understanding of the community demographics, values, culture, and history.
• Knowledge of and ability to network resources within and outside the employing Health and Social Services Authority to ensure support for clients and their families.
• Ability to communicate (orally) effectively in a cross cultural setting
• Ability to draft written documents, which are clear, concise and easy to understand by both professionals and non-professionals.
• Ability to work as a team a member as well as be self-directed, meet deadlines, prioritize workloads and manage several tasks at once.
• Ability to operate a desktop computer with a basic software package.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Master’s degree in social science with 1 year of relevant Counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence: or

Bachelor degree in social sciences with 3 years of relevant Counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health, and/or family violence: or

Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing with 5 years relevant Counselling experience in a scope of practice or experience in addictions, mental health and/or family violence.

The experience of the Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor should include clinically supervised education or work experience (Counselling experience obtained under a qualified clinical Counselling 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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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $44.75 per hour (approximately $87,262.50. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.


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 # 15633   Closing Date: Open until filled.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Sahtu HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#2 McKenzie Drive
Box 360 
Ph. (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173