The PChAD (Protection of Children Abusing Drugs) program has a full time, weekday Child and Youth Care Counsellor position available. The schedule for the position is Monday to Friday with rotating 7a.m. to 3p.m. and 3p.m. to 11p.m. shifts on a weekly basis.
PChAD provides a confined court-ordered and monitored service to youth abusing or addicted to drugs and alcohol. PChAD is a partnership program with Alberta Health Services that provides a 10 to 15 day, secure, social detox setting.
Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor is a member of the interdisciplinary team which assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the treatment program(s) for a given person served. The Counsellor participates fully in all facets of program life with the youth (instrumental, clinical, developmental), and is responsible for their daily care, treatment, nurturance, supervision, health and discipline. The role is extensive and includes counselling, teaching and training, as well as recording and reporting.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work with youth under 18 yrs. old, experiencing physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms from the effects of substances
- Monitor and work directly with the youth in all aspects of their life within a therapeutic milieu
- Participate in structured recreational and therapeutic group activities related to drug use and healthy living
- Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities and see these as opportunities for education and therapeutic intervention
- Engage youth in individual and group activities of a recreational and treatment focused nature
- In dealing with youth, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals and the public, demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation, and adhere to Agency and partnership expectations with regard to confidentiality
- Attend to team membership responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude
- Effective written and verbal communication
- Model socially acceptable values, i.e., integrity, fairness, respect, self-care, and accountability
Skills and Qualifications:
- Degree or diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
- Demonstrated interest, commitment, and dependability
- Ability to engage youth and families in the treatment process
- Experience in therapeutic campus based care or group care preferred
- Excellent engagement, behavioral management, assessment and counselling experience with high-risk youth and their families
- High level of personal maturity and responsibility, and the ability to relate and work effectively with co-workers as a member of the treatment team
- Ability to work independently; self starter that demonstrates initiative
- Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check; Child Intervention Record Check
- Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and ability to drive Agency vehicles
- Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certification with CYCAA would be considered an asset
- Preference will be given to those that have completed coursework and/or certification in Brain Development or Trauma Informed Care. Some suggested courses include:
- The Brain Story Certification through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI): www.albertafamilywellness.org
- The Trauma Informed Care E- Learning Modules through Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page15526.aspx or
- Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre “Being Trauma Aware” online course: https://trauma.respectgroupinc.com
- Please direct your email, cover letter, updated resume to email@example.com
- Indicate “Your Full Name – PCHAD CYCC” in the subject line of your email
The deadline for application is Monday, September 9, 2019.
We thank all applicants who are interested in this position, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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