Mental Health Counsellor

Deadline: Open
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: Full Time

Nodin (CFI) Child and Family Intervention Services provides mental health counselling, support, and intervention services to First Nation children, youth, and adults from communities served by SLFNHA. Most of these communities are remote, not road accessible and only reachable by air transportation. Nodin CFI has several services: counsellors travelling to First Nation communities to see clients, a crisis response program, community-based counsellors, specialty services, traditional healing and an outpatient mental health service based in SLKT.

The Mental Health Counsellor travels to First Nations communities to provide counselling to children, youth, adults and families, support/guidance, intervention, crisis management, group work and case management services. This counsellor works in close collaboration with all community resources and assists with capacity building. When not travelling, upon request, this position may also be required to work in the Sioux Lookout based outpatient mental health service. The Mental Health Counsellor reports to and is supervised by a Clinical Supervisor.

Salary range starting from $59,646 to a maximum of $76,767/yearly


  • Degree or Diploma in psychology, social work or related field is preferred
  • At least 2 years’ experience working with children, youth, adults and families in a clinical capacity
  • Knowledge of techniques and principles of the family systems theory, crisis therapy intervention, individual/family/group therapy, trauma response, child abuse and family violence, cognitive behavioural therapy, suicide intervention
  • Must have experience assessing high risk clients and responding appropriately
  • Knowledge of mandatory reporting requirements
  • Experience developing presentations and facilitating group work/therapy
  • Can approach work holistically using a wellness model (as opposed to an illness one) which highlights and encourages client’s strengths
  • Support system and self-care strategies in place to maintain own wellbeing
  • Strong set of interpersonal skills to establish and maintain rapport effectively with clients and partners
  • Excellent written, verbal and computer skills
  • Strong interviewing, analytical, problem-solving, organizational and time management skills
  • Self-starter to work independently with initiative and highly adaptable
  • Knowledge of First Nations culture, history, community-based services, geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nations communities
  • Previous experience working with First Nations communities is an asset
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region is an asset
  • Additional training and mentorship will be offered as a condition of employment


  • Extensive travel to First Nations communities to provide counselling, support/guidance, intervention, crisis management, family counselling as required, group work and case management
  • Conduct mental health assessments, help clients define goals and develop treatment plans
  • Assessment of risk factors, clinical management of risk, stabilization, development of safety plans
  • Develop therapeutic processes to guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems
  • Focus sessions on recovery, modification of behaviours or better management of conditions
  • Evaluate client’s progress on a regular basis and adjust interventions as necessary
  • Coordinate care, collaborate and refer to community/regional resources or specialists
  • Maintain accurate, factual, and objective typewritten records in a timely manner on all aspects of clinical care
  • Monitor files closely to ensure there is active care, and close inactive files without delay
  • Protect client confidentiality, secure all records, and maintain integrity of client record
  • Follow duty to report requirements as necessary
  • Lead group therapy sessions and preventive mental wellness workshops
  • Participate in regular supervision meetings to review all cases/issues, receive education and direction, and for debriefing
  • Planning community trips/schedules in advance to ensure clients and communities receive services in a timely and effective manner
  • Participate in ongoing education on mental health issues and team meetings
  • Develop and deliver presentations and group work in-house and in communities as requested
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with community-based mental health workers and provide mentoring support
  • Other duties that may be deemed necessary by your immediate Supervisor