Jordan’s Principle Mental Health Counselor

Full-Time Position

The Flying Dust First Nation Health & Wellness Team is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated individual to provide mental health counselling services to our children and youth. This position will be under the supervision of the principal located at Kopahawakneum School.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Encourage children and youth to express their feelings, and discuss their lives’ matters, in order to help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships. Excellent attending skills, ability to ask guided questions and honoring the children and youth’s pace and self-determination are highly regarded.
  2. Establishing therapeutic relationships by deeply listening to children and youth’s stories, slowly building trust, all while performing strict confidentiality. Invite questions and concerns at any time and make time during sessions for those questions.
  3. Guide children and youth in the development of skills and strategies to deal with their issues.
  4. Provide therapy to children and youth individually or in group settings, individual families, if appropriate or required. This may often occur during crisis when the need to establish stability and peacefulness is paramount.
  5. Collect information about children and youth through interviews, observation, and approved testing tools. Make time after a session to make notes and debrief support staff, if present.
  6. Act as the child and youth ‘s advocate to coordinate required community and outside services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  7. Collaborate with other community agencies and staff to complete specific clinical assessments within the development of school wide wellness plans.
  8. Meet with families, child and family services representatives, R.C.M.P officers’, and any other interested parties to exchange necessary information during the treatment process with the approved knowledge of child, youth, parent/guardian.
  9. Plan, organize and lead or designate to identified other children. and youth in need, as appropriate, structured programs of counseling, work/study, recreation, health (holistic) and interest/skill or social activities for them.
  10. Discuss and develop with children and youth’s parent/guardian their wellness plans for life after leaving therapy or treatment; prepare follow-up plans if warranted.
  11. Gather and become informed about community wellness/mental health and addictions needs and the community or regional resources that could be used in conjunction with mental health therapy services.


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
  • Strong skills in program planning, scheduling, and follow up evaluation
  • Presentation skills and public speaking, excellent communication skills, both written & verbal
  • Have strong connections to and involvement in the community, in a non-judgmental approach to community needs
  • Must have own vehicle and a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel


  • Degree in Mental Health and Wellness, Social Work, or Psychology
  • ASIST and related training is an asset
  • Experience in First Nations Health Services
  • Minimum of {3) years of experience providing mental health therapy
  • Must lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle and be willing to
  • travel

All applicants MUST provide the following requirements:

  • Letter of Application
  • Current resume stating qualifications, and employment history
  • Copies of Credentials
  • Current, Consent for Disclosure of Criminal Record Information with the Results of Vulnerable Sector Check {CPIC} from your local RCMP
  • Detachment (will accept a copy of the receipt awaiting the check}
  • (3) Professional references (1) from last/current employer

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday September 24th, 2021

To apply:

Please email or fax your Letter of Application and Current Resume along with any supporting documentation you have available at the time of application.
EMAIL: FAX: 1 (306} 236-3373