Youth School Counsellor (2)

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

Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services is the counselling department of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, providing mental health counselling, intervention and support services to First Nations children, youth, adults and families. 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 go directly into communities.

The Youth School Counsellor is responsible for the delivery of mental health care to First Nations high-risk students of Queen Elizabeth District High School (QEDHS), which is located in Sioux Lookout. The counsellor provides one-on-one or group counselling to school students, while collaborating with teachers, parents and 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. During the off-school season, the position will travel to communities and/or provide support through phone and videoconferencing and/or provide counselling at Nodin’s base office.

The Youth School Counsellor will report to a Clinical Supervisor.


  • Degree or Diploma in psychology, social work or related filed is preferred. Will consider life and work related experience                           
  • Proficient in clinical counselling, assessment and service delivery to youth
  • Asset to have training in assessing risk of suicide, suicide intervention, and 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; and travel by air into communities as necessary
  • Additional training and mentorship will be offered as a condition of employment


  • 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)
  • Empower students to process their problems, plan goals and take action towards positive change using a client-centred, strength based, flexible, timely, effective, and culturally competent approach
  • Foster growth in self-esteem, individual responsibility and in skills such as decision-making and social skills
  • Assist students in taking responsibility for personal decision making to help reduce risks and maximize 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, 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/or 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 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
  • Other administrative duties as required and determined by Clinical Supervisor