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Youth Addiction Counsellor

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Job Order #: 5666763

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White Buffalo Youth Inhalant Treatment Centre Inc.
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University Bachelor's Degree
3-5 Years
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The Youth Addiction Counsellor is responsible to provide counselling services, crisis intervention and case management to youth residents either individually or within group sessions.  
In collaboration with other therapeutic professionals, the Youth Addiction Counsellor provides support and supervision for the analysis, prevention and treatment of substance use and concurrent disorders and to foster the development of coping, problem solving and communication skills for clients.
Services will focus on guiding youth to solve problems and make positive changes in their life.

WBTC offers a challenging and rewarding career including a unique and attractive incentive package to its employees.

Provides individual counseling sessions to clients
Facilitates group sessions based upon the stages of change model
Documents all pertinent information in client files (either written or electronic)
Accompanies youth clients to appointments such as physician, dentist, shopping, hair, and other related appointments
Ensures that clients know about, and are compliant with, all the rules, guidelines and safety standards of WBTC
Establishes an ongoing and emotionally supportive relationship with clients through frequent or daily contact
Assists in modifying counterproductive behaviour and attitudes of youth clients through supportive behavior modeling techniques, coaching and counselling
Provides counselling services that help define, clarify or increase understanding of problems and to help build capacities for dealing with them within clients
Create individual care plans with clients, discharge plans and follow up


Skills and Abilities

Essential Skills
 - Significant use of memory
 - Continuous learning
 - Computer use
 - Job task planning and organizing
 - Critical thinking
 - Decision making
 - Problem solving
 - Working with others
 - Oral communication
 - Writing
 - Document use
 - Reading text
Transportation/Travel Information
 - Valid driver's licence
 - Willing to travel overnight
 - Own vehicle
 - Own transportation
Credentials (certificates, licences, memberships, courses, etc.)
 - First Aid Certificate
Additional Skills
 - Participate in fundraising activities
 - Use computer applications
Specific Skills
 - Teach life skills
 - Facilitate groups
 - Liaise with communities
 - Identify additional/alternative services and provide referrals
 - Assess clients' problems
 - Counsel clients and provide psychotherapy
 - Develop and implement counselling and intervention programs to assist clients in determining goals and means of attaining them
 - Evaluate effectiveness of counselling programs and interventions
 - Evaluate clients' progress in resolving identified problems and movement towards defined objectives
 - Follow up results of counselling programs and clients' adjustment
 - Write reports (assessment, follow-up, progress, court reports, etc.)
Work Setting
 - Residential treatment centre
Client Population
 - Females
 - Aboriginal groups
 - Adolescents
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
 - Work under pressure
Security and Safety
 - Child abuse registry check
 - Criminal record check (abstract)
Area of Counselling Specialization
 - Anxiety/panic
 - Anger management
 - Behaviour disorders
 - Childhood and adolescent issues
 - Conflict resolution
 - Crisis intervention
 - Depression
 - Personal growth and self-development
 - Sexual abuse and trauma recovery
 - Stress management
 - Substance abuse


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