Secure Services: Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Submitted by Human Resources on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 17:38


The Secure Services program has a regular, full time Child and Youth Care Counsellor position available. The position, at this time, is a weekend role, involving two 16 hour shifts (14 hour shifts with a 2 hour break) on Saturday and Sunday. Shifts for augmenting hours will be discussed during the interview.

Secure Services provides a confined,  court-ordered and monitored service under the Child and Family Enhancement Act that assesses and stabilizes youth with suicidal tendencies, significant mental health issues, or volatile behaviors and dangerous lifestyles, which present an imminent risk to themselves or others.

As a member of the Safe Directions team you will be expected to provide support to all of the programs within the continuum.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend to the physical safety, esteem and developmental needs of the youth (person served)
  • Select and make appropriate use of behavioural interventions and strategies
  • Communicate rules and behavioural limits and follow through on appropriate behavioural consequences
  • Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities; use systematic plans of instruction, appropriate teaching methods and approaches to transfer information and skills
  • Supervise, organize and implement daily living activities and see these as opportunities for educational and therapeutic interventions
  • Use routines and activities to give persons served security and enable them to relate to others in socially acceptable ways; help the youth understand the need for routines and procedures
  • Provide meaningful and responsible role modelling, as well as direct teaching in areas of grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition and social manners
  • Plan and carry out individual and group activities of a recreational nature
  • Improve the quality of life for the persons served by attending to their physical environment
  • Monitor and work directly with the person served in all aspects of his/her life, i.e., liaise with parents and community groups
  • Promote and safeguard persons' served rights, interests and treatment by interceding on their behalf
  • Act as an avenue of recourse or grievance for the person served and represent his/her interests
  • Carry out advocacy responsibilities with regard to the person served and the Agency
  • In working with persons served, parents/guardians, co-workers, other professionals and the public, demonstrate appropriate conduct in terms of behaviour, appearance, and presentation and conform to Agency expectations with regard to confidentiality
  • Attend to team responsibilities in terms of participation, communication, and demonstrating a positive attitude
  • Model socially acceptable values, e.g., integrity, fairness, and respect
  • Participate in professional development activities

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
  • Interest, commitment, consistency, and a high level of personal maturity and responsibility
  • Ability to engage clients and families in the treatment process
  • Experience in Therapeutic Campus-Based Care (preferred)
  • Experience managing and supervising staff toward performance and accountability expectations
  • Experience with or open to learning reflective supervision practices
  • Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and ability to drive Agency vehicles
  • 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:   

To Apply:

  • Direct your email, resume and cover letter to
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – Secure CYCC” in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for application is Wednesday, 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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