Youth and Family Counsellor / Indigenous Lead - Therapeutic Campus-Based Services

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



805 37 Street Northwest
T2N 4N8


We Never Say No. We Never Give up. We Never Turn Anyone Away.


Wood’s Homes is a multi-service, nationally accredited non-profit children’s mental health centre based in Calgary. Today we have over 450 employees and provide more than 40 programs for 28,000 children and their families each year in Calgary, Lethbridge, Canmore, Strathmore, Fort McMurray and Fort Smith, N.W.T.


Commitment to high-risk adolescents, challenged with some very tough issues, is not easy. These are the times when our frontline workers spring into action. The type of work we do requires quick thinking, confidence, forgiveness and persistence.


We are currently seeking a full-time Youth and Family Counsellor I or II- Indigenous Lead to work in Therapeutic Campus-Based Services on Bowness Campus.


Our Therapeutic Campus Based services are expanding into 24/7 placement and support services on our Bowness campus in Calgary. These ‘All Inclusive’ services provide intensive and therapeutic out-of-home support, family support, Indigenous well-being, day treatment, and aftercare services for children and youth with complex emotional and behavioural needs.


The Youth and Family Counsellor- Indigenous Lead will provide education, consultation and examples of cultural practices and assist with treatment services with deemed useful and therapeutic. The Youth and Family Counsellor- Indigenous Lead works flexible weekday office hours as attendance at evening or weekend meetings/events may be required.


This position reports to a Team Leader.


RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

·Brings together representatives of multiple Indigenous communities with Wood’s Homes to strengthen relationships and partnership.

·Promotes cross-cultural understanding by advising agency staff about Indigenous issues, cultures, trends and training opportunities.

·Works with Wood’s Homes clients to identify and remove any barriers for support in the agency or community.

·Works co-operatively with other community agencies to promote awareness of Indigenous issues and support Indigenous employment and career development.

·Identifies and suggests resources for use with Indigenous clients.

·Promotes/trains program staff regarding integration of Indigenous content in programs and resources internally and externally.

·Promotes and participates in community and cultural engagement activities and events.

·Travel may be required.

·Executes other responsibilities as assigned.

Wood’s Homes is proud to be awarded one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Canada for 2011 and 2012, as well as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces for Women in 2011. We offer an exceptional benefits package including vision, dental, extended health, a generous Group Registered Pension Plan and a Computer Literacy Incentive Plan.

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Level of Language Proficiency


·Minimum high school diploma and/or three to five years’ related experience.

·Respected in the Indigenous community (Job applicants may be expected to provide references from respected members of the Indigenous community.)

·Knowledgeable about local Indigenous history, cultures, and issues.

·Knowledgeable about First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada.

·Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·Current CPR and First Aid Certification.

·Personal suitability.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

Please submit a resume to Wood’s Homes – Human Resources Department (Parkdale Campus) via email to: Please quote competition code ‘Last Name, First Name, YFC I or II- Indigenous Lead’ in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.