Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor - 2FTE Permanent Positions

Kenora, ON


Mental Health & Substance Use Counsellor – 2-FTE Permanent Positions
Child & Youth Mental Health

RESPONSIBLE TO: Youth Wellness Hub Manager

Summary of Duties:
➢ Operate as a clinician within the Youth Wellness Team in Kenora; one of ten newly funded teams across Ontario, established to reduce barriers and improve access to youth mental health and substance use services;
➢ Provide mental health/substance use counselling and care coordination, relying on clinical practices such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and evidence-based interventions for supporting youth with concurrent disorders;
➢ Facilitate connecting youth with appropriate culture-based interventions given high number of presenting Indigenous youth from within the region;
➢ Develop and coordinate wellness plans that encompass spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellness;
➢ Monitor clients’ progress, goals and needs, using a stepped-care approach;
➢ Provide crisis intervention and after-care;
➢ Work within a harm reduction framework;
➢ Provide technology-based and in-person service;
➢ Engage with youth to ensure programs and services incorporate youth voice and are youth-based;
➢ Support youth with miscellaneous needs at the Hub such as food preparation, activities, etc.

➢ Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master’s level degree in Social Work (MSW), Psychology or Counselling from a recognized post-secondary institution;
➢ Minimum 1-year experience counselling and/or doing healing work with youth and families;
➢ Interest in working with service providers across sectors including mental health, primary care, education and employment;
➢ Motivated to improve and develop youth wellness services, with an eye for addressing gaps in services and the needs of youth and families;
➢ Excellent rapport and ability to work with youth;
➢ Willingness/interest in being certified as an Addictions Specialist and other relevant certifications/trainings;
➢ Ability to deal with crisis and post-crisis situations;
➢ Excellent skills in the following areas: team work, computer, organization, networking, interpersonal, presentation and communication (written & oral);
➢ Knowledge of the Anishinaabe culture and language, and experience working in First Nation communities is an asset;
➢ Ability to demonstrate and work through a lens of sensitivity to diversity related to race, religion, culture, cognitive functioning, poverty, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additional opportunities and incentives:
➢ Work for a reflexive and dynamic First Nations organization that provides a wide range of health and social services
to 9 member First Nations communities in the Kenora area;
➢ Work as part of an integrated team of service providers to address the needs of youth and families;
➢ Opportunity to plan and shape this new innovative model of care, incorporating previous work experience,
education and knowledge of best practices;
➢ Opportunities to network with Youth Wellness Hub clinicians across Ontario;
➢ Opportunities for professional development;
➢ Company group benefits and pension plan;
➢ Competitive salary;
➢ Three weeks paid vacation to start;
➢ Paid sick leave, mental health leave and cultural leave;
➢ Flexible schedules, including a 32.5-hour work week;
➢ Company vehicles provided for any work-related travel;
➢ Opportunity for relocation incentives including reimbursement for moving expenses and signing bonus.

Please forward resume cover letter and 3 references by Friday February 5th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to:

Human Resource Department
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
P.O. Box 349- 240 Veterans Drive, 3rd Floor
Kenora ON P9N 3X4
Fax: 807-467-2656

We thank all that apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


All Nations Health Partners

All Nations Health Partners

The All Nations Health Partners are a coalition of leaders in Indigenous and mainstream health services in the Kenora Region; comprised of fifteen local organizations working together to improve health care delivery to our communities. 

We are working to improve the health system to focus on people first and better serve the unique needs of our northern communities. We are developing a regionally specific, culturally appropriate and responsive health system for all nations. Our approach is collaborative and holistic, rooted in both traditional healing practices and the best aspects of the modern health system.

In 2019, the All Nations Health Partners became one of the first Ontario Health Teams furthering the development of a seamless, patient-centered health system. 

There are employment opportunities among the partner organizations in healthcare, allied health, administration, social services, family and specialist physicians and more! You will gain extensive experience working with dynamic and collegial professionals. Join us and find your work-life balance in Kenora, Ontario!



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