The Nights Program is currently looking for Relief Child and Youth Care Counsellors. Male candidates are preferred. This awake overnight position will be responsible for the Night Counsellor duties in the program.
The Night Counsellor's primary responsibilities are to attend to the health and welfare of the children and the security of the program and campus. Employees in this classification function as team members of the program and perform essential child care work as applies to the care, nurturance, supervision and discipline of the children.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensure the physical security of the program
- Conduct program rounds with the evening and morning staff to assure good program order, security, and account for all the children
- Conduct program rounds routinely throughout the night at designated intervals and as necessary in situations when increased surveillance of the cottage and children is warranted, i.e., runaway concerns, suicidal clients, self-abusive persons served, medical concerns
- Keep apprised of all relevant documentation pertaining to program and children such as communications book, memos, program manuals, service plans, night directives manual, etc.
- Record observations and significant information in appropriate reporting formats, i.e., runaway reports, confinement sheets, contact books, etc.
- Attend to the physical needs and medical requirements of the children
- Ensure effective follow-through of specific interventions and strategies for each child as per treatment plan and directives
- Relay information about night events, child count, etc., to the Night Coordinator and report all significant or out-or ordinary situations to the Coordinator, senior staff or other appropriate personnel as required
- Maintain an up-to-date bed plan in the night directives book
- Within reason, attend to housekeeping tasks
- Attend to clerical tasks as required
Skills and Qualifications:
- Degree or Diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences and/or related academic or work experience is necessary
- Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
- High level of personal maturity and responsibility
- Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with co-workers
- Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Certified with CYCAA and/or Therapeutic Crisis Intervention 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 resume and cover letter, indicating “Your Full Name – Night Counsellor” in the subject line of your email to email@example.com
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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