Female Youth School Counsellor

Deadline: Mar 3rd - 4:30pm
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: Full Time

Nodin services provide counselling, support, and intervention services to First Nations children and youth, families, and adults from communities served by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or psychiatric problems. Nodin CFI is a resource available to 33 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout region, the majority remote, not road accessible, and only reachable by air transportation.
Nodin CFI has a number of services, some based in Sioux Lookout while others travel into communities. The Youth Counsellor is responsible for the delivery of mental health care to high-risk students of Pelican Falls First Nation High School (PFFNHS). This school is a private, First Nations-controlled and operated school, offering unique and culturally relevant educational services to students from 24 First Nation communities within the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. It is approximately a 30-minute drive from Sioux Lookout.
Nodin’s Youth Counsellor provides one-on-one or group counselling to school students while also collaborating with other service providers. The goal of this counselling is to help students who are high risk to overcome behavioural/mental health problems, improve student success, resolve interpersonal problems, or work through personal problems. The Youth Counsellor works in conjunction with teachers or parents, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) and Pelican Falls Centre (PFC) staff and may refer students to other external services as required. During the off-school season, the position will travel to communities and provide support through phone and videoconferencing. The position reports to a Clinical Supervisor.

Who can apply: Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (s.16 (1)CHRA)

Applicants must possess

  • Preferably Master’s Degree in one of the core mental health disciplines (e.g. Social Work, Psychology)  with extensive clinical experience in the area of mental health and addictions
  • Will consider Bachelor degree plus diploma program in the same related field with extensive clinical experience and/or a Bachelor degree in the same related field with extensive clinical experience
  • Proficient in clinical counselling, assessment and service delivery to youth
  • Asset to have training in assessing risk of suicide, suicide intervention, trauma informed care, substance abuse/addiction, intergenerational trauma, grief, self-harm etc.
  • Experience and understanding of First Nations culture, history, the geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nations communities
  • Understanding of underlying mental health issues related to high risk behaviours
  • Experience working with First Nations people and in northern communities an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, problem solving ability, time management, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative, be adaptable, multi task, meet deadlines, and work independently in a fast-paced and ever changing environment
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region is an asset 
  • Must have driver’s license and must be willing to travel back and forth to the school by road or willing to travel by air into communities


  • Provide case management, and brief/long-term mental health counselling to high risk youth
  • Help students with issues associated with high risk behaviours (e.g. bullying, low self-esteem, poor academic performance, relationship troubles, family issues, trauma, mental health problem)
  • Empowering students to process their problems, plan goals and take action towards positive change using a client-centered, strength based, flexible, timely, effective, and culturally competent approach
  • Foster growth in students’ self-esteem, individual responsibility and in skills such as decision-making and social skills to help ameliorate factors which may precipitate problems for students
  • Assist the students in taking responsibility for personal decision making to assist in reducing risk and maximizing students’ emotional, behavioural and educational achievement opportunities
  • In collaboration with students, identify mental health concerns, strengths and needs, plan goals, complete risk assessments, and provide treatment
  • Using best practices, develop and use creative interventions to help youth reduce high risk behaviours
  • Using a tracking system, ensure all high risk cases are met with consistency with active involvement and thorough documentation
  • Report any concerns related to harm to self or others and ensure supports are in place
  • Provide crisis intervention support, facilitate group debriefing and deliver mental health/substance misuse groups/workshops/presentations
  • Complete all documentation/assessments required for electronic mental health records and follow all standard operating procedures
  • Off-school season travel to communities to provide counselling, counsel by phone and facilitate video-conferencing to support the continuum of care required once the school year ends and youth return home
  • Off-school season may also be required to provide counselling in other units of Nodin CFI
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with various service providers; complete referrals to other agencies/services within SLFNHA when deemed appropriate (art therapy, psychology, tele-psychiatry, traditional healing)
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance appraisals
  • Attend weekly individual supervision meetings for client consultation, planning and direction
  • Attend regular staff meetings as per policy
  • Other administrative duties as required and determined by Clinical Supervisor